I am getting really, really tired of hearing about how much kids suck these days.
I know what you are thinking right now.
Oh God, she's going to tell another story about how awesome and amazing and perfect her children are. BARF.
I'm not though. I can totally see why you would think that (because I'm that mom and I make no apologizes for it), but I'm not.
Instead, I would like to tell you my observations from the last week.
- Driving in my neighborhood, approximately 20 miles per hour. Two middle-aged ladies on bikes were making loops in the road, covering both sides of the street. One of them looped directly in front of me, forcing me to slam on my brakes so I would not hit and kill her. She and her friend laughed about this as they passed me because apparently almost being killed is just LOLtastic.
-Three different times men have let doors slam in my face, rather than hold them open. Call me a bad feminist if you want (I totally am), but I've raised my son to hold doors open for everyone (especially women and the elderly because I'm Southern dammit) and I would call his little butt out if he didn't.
-Two different times people took the right of way at a four way stop when it was my turn, causing me to have to slam on my brakes in the middle of an intersection to avoid hitting them.
-I heard grown people, grown adults, use "retard" and "faggot" conversationally. In front of children.
-I was nearly clipped when walking in the crosswalk at the grocery store because someone was speeding through the parking lot and didn't feel the need to stop for me.
-A lady pulled out in front of me from the local Christian school parking lot. The road she pulled onto is a 55MPH road. I was going 55MPH. She was going 0. I had to stand on my brakes to avoid hitting her. Then, less than a mile up the road she hugged the rear-end of the car in front of her to avoid letting anyone out at the gas station before the stop sign because apparently What Jesus Would Do is not let someone merge into traffic.
This was just this week. And I was traveling and in the car a lot this week, so this is really just a tiny sample of douchery and not the full-scale of douchery that is going on.
This is what our children are seeing. This is the example they are getting.
They see us arguing about politics on Facebook and acting ridiculous (because God knows we aren't changing anyone's minds). They see every time we put our wants and needs in front of anyone else's. They see when we cut corners. They see when we cheat and they see when we lie. Some of us call ourselves followers of Christ, but then we behave in a manner completely contrary to what Christ taught us (note: All of us are considered God's children, not just the ones who have the same skin color and voting preference as you do, okay? Thanks).
We don't need to wonder why kids are jerks these days, really. So much entitlement. So much disrespect. So much selfishness.
We all need to do better. Every single one of us.