I lay the blame fair and square in the laps of parents!


Today, I attended the funeral of the father of one of Prue’s friends, Andrew. She and Andrew went to primary school together,remained part of a large group of friends and until the last few months, have always been quite close. His father died on New Year’s Day having recently been diagnosed with cancer, so for him it was a merciful relief. Considering the heat here today, there were many in attendance and the service although not lengthy was very nice.There was no burial or cremation  and the family invited everyone to a wake at one of the local clubs to socialise and enjoy refreshments but we did not attend, preferring instead to pay our respects to the family and leave after the service.

Just as the hearse was leaving the church, led on foot but the funeral director a car approached and can you believe that they began sounding the horn, impatient and wanting to make their way past?I was flabbergasted, as were the other mourners and Prue remarked if that had happened to my family, one of the men would have gone to the guy in the car and set him straight in no uncertain terms!!! Respect, I am sad to say is gradually being eroded in our society, not just for the dead but in general.Some blame the influence of the media, films, video games, etc, but I place it fair and square in the laps of the parents. There is no avoiding it, children mimic the behaviour of their parents and the parents are doing the children a disservice for life if they do not instill the basic principles of respect in their children from the word go!

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8 thoughts on “I lay the blame fair and square in the laps of parents!

  1. Hi April,
    Thanks for your comment. What you describe is typical of the lack of respect which I mentioned. 😦
    Best wishes
    Maureen

  2. Maureen,
    I wish that I could say that what you witnessed was an anomoly, but I witnessed the same thing a few weeks ago, and then, people were blowing their horn at a guy who had his emergency flashers on, and his hood up. His car was obviously not working. What did they want him to do, fly away?

    People can be such idiots.

  3. Hi Lita,
    What is happening to our society? Once upon a time when one came across an incident such as you described, you would slow down r stop and ask if you could be of assistance. It seems to matter little about gender either. A couple of years ago, my car broke down on a busy arterial road, right in peak traffic. Do you know the only person who offered to help and subsequently assisted to push the car to the median strip was a slightly built young woman in stiletto heels? I received so much abuse and as you said, what was I meant to do. It’s not exactly the activity one would elect to undertake in peak hour traffic. You are right, people can be such idiots!
    Best wishes
    Maureen

  4. Maureen,
    I think that your title says a lot, though. If children are in the car when their parents are acting like idiots, then that’s what they will learn. If they are in the car when their parents stop to ask if you are all right or if you need assistance, then that’s what they will learn.

    The funniest one, though, was the smart aleck who decided that he was going to pass all of these cars that were lined up and speed by them, only to be met by a police officer who was escorting the funeral procession. The officer got off his bike, stopped the guy in the car with his arm, and waved every single person by, including the rest of us who weren’t in the procession, while the cop at the end of the procession sped to the front. Too funny.

  5. Hi Lita,
    I can just imagine how funny that must have been!
    Parents acting like idiots are everywhere.To get a first hand glimpse of them in action, the supermarket is a good place to start. I can hardly believe what I see there on a regular basis.Parents behaving worse than their children, making spectacles of themselves by screaming at their off spring, being verbally abusive to staff and the one that irks me the most, opening packets or stealing fruit, nuts etc for their children to eat while shopping. Oh, I have just thought of another which is not specific to parents but relating to supermarkets- leaving rubbish, take away food wrappers or heaven forbid, dirty tissues in the shopping trolley!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!.
    Maureen 🙂

  6. Ick. I hate that one too. That’s why I carry a small bottle of hand sanitizer in my purse and one in my car as well. After going in stores and using those carts, I always clean my hands. At first I thought that it was just my OCD, but then when you see what people do with those carts and leave in them . . . and then I saw a television special on how shopping carts are one of the worst offenders when it comes to spreading the rhino virus for the common cold. Makes complete sense to me.

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