As a babyboomer, I face two trains of thought:
A. There will not be enough social security, TRS money , ________ money (fill in the blank), water,non-polluted air, oil, or non-toxic food to meet the needs of a joyful, peaceful retirement,not only for us, but for future generations as well,
B. I am the progeny of the last great generation in the universe, and I don't care what you throw at their offspring, we are going to figure it out , or more importantly, be able to live with it because our parents taught us 'things'.
My parents taught me -
To not interrupt. This is on our endangered species list, I will admit. Because I learned this so well, I do a great deal of listening. I also learned this lesson so well that I will stop, when I get interrupted, to allow the other person to continue with his/her interruption.
To allow company to go first. You go ahead. Here, get in front of me.
To not brag.
To keep a tight rein.
To not exclude anyone. Invite everyone.
To not talk about where you were invited.
To reach out to someone at boarding school, who was homesick too.
To say yes mam and no mam.
To love just a little bit of the Honky Tonk. Well, maybe to just love the Honky Tonk.
To bow up when things don't feel right.
To not run when crossing the street.
To not ask how someone voted.
To understand when my father said, "You don't have any business doing that," or "Did you learn anything?"
To say thank you.
To tell people they look nice, or did a good job, or that things are going to be OK.
To say I love you .
This is not a finite list.
But I want to hear from you. What did you learn?