SPRINGVILLE — My husband had talked me into trying his new favorite sport, disc golf, an activity I quickly found out I was terrible at, just like every other sport.
He was teaching me the finer points of Frisbee® golf and was trying to explain how to flick the disc so it would soar across the high school baseball field and not drop to the ground 10 feet away, like the ones I threw tended to do.
The scene was tranquil and calm. The sun was setting and the air was balmy; it was a perfect summer evening. Until a voice nearby dropped the “F bomb.”
The kid could not have been older than age 12. He and his siblings were playing on the side street adjacent to the local high school and he had looked up from his activity to discover that his younger brother had “stolen” his bicycle.
This child utilized two very potent words in the same sentence as he colorfully told his brother exactly what he thought about the thievery. I was shocked to see that he had been walking with his parents, who not only did not chasten their child for his language, but joined with him in reprimanding the younger boy.
I understand that the world, as a whole, is changing. Things are considered ordinary today that would never have flown in the days of hat doffing and “yes ma’am” saying. But regardless of how the community as a whole changes, hearing a child say the words that came out of that little boy’s mouth should never be acceptable.
The term “little pitchers have big ears” was commonly used on my favorite childhood show, “Andy Griffith,” and it is as true today as it was then. The behavior demonstrated by the wronged child the other day was seen by his younger siblings and endorsed as acceptable by their parents, further cementing that type of conduct in those kids.
For the good of your children and for the betterment of those around you, please parent your children. They will thank you for it later and we will thank you for it right now.