Thursday, August 16, 2012

Grow Up and Go Home!

I'm sure this is making its way around the internet, but even so, I thought it deserved a special post.  Written 53 years ago, these words of wisdom from a judge in Denver, Colorado, ring just as true today.  

In our age of extremes where parents either ignore their children or overindulge them, few public figures today have the courage to stand up and give it to them straight.  Judge Philip B. Gilliam of Denver Colorado wrote this in his local newspaper in 1959.  If you have kids, maybe you'd like to frame this and hang it on their walls!

Open Letter to Teen-ager
Always we hear the plaintive cry of the teen-ager. What can we do?...Were can we go?
The answer is GO HOME!
Hang the storm windows, paint the woodwork. Rake the leaves, mow the lawn, shovel the walk. Wash the car, learn to cook, scrub some floors. Repair the sink, build a boat, get a job.
Help the minister, priest, or rabbi, the Red Cross, the Salvation Army. Visit the sick, assist the poor, study your lessons. And then when you are through - and not too tired - read a book.
Your parents do not owe you entertainment. Your city or village does not owe you recreational facilities.
The world does not owe you a living...You owe the world something.
You owe it your time and your energy and your talents so that no one will be at war or in poverty or sick or lonely again.
Grow up; quit being a crybaby. Get out of your dream world and develop a backbone, not a wishbone, and start acting like a man or a lady.
You're supposed to be mature enough to accept some of the responsibility your parents have carried for years.
They have nursed, protected, helped, appealed, begged, excused, tolerated and denied themselves needed comforts so that you could have every benefit. This they have done gladly, for you are their dearest treasure.
But now, you have no right to expect them to bow to every whim and fancy just because selfish ego instead of common sense dominates your personality, thinking and request.
In Heaven's name, grow up and go home!


Anonymous said...

What i can say is WOW, and THANK YOU! This is a post i will be show to the youth group at my church, cousin's and friend.

Very strong


ellie said...

I live telling my brother this, maybe he'll get it this time :)
Loved it.