|Wise Or Wise Ass?
||[Jan. 7th, 2008|11:23 am]
Kelly J. Cooper
Yesterday I passed a woman and what appeared to be her two daughters. The woman was probably around 40, but gorgeous - the kind of beauty that will last and last. Her daughters - late teens, maybe college age, were beautiful too.
And what was this beauty saying to her daughters? "If you'd gotten up earlier, we could have gotten in for free."
All I wanted to do was yell at her, "DAMMIT WOMAN! That's NOT how you inspire youth to get up earlier! THAT is how you inspire them to HATE SPENDING TIME WITH YOU because you always have to get in the nag or the 'I told you so' comment. It's a BEAUTIFUL FUCKIN' DAY, YOU ARE A BEAUTIFUL FUCKIN' WOMAN AND YOU HAVE BEAUTIFUL FUCKIN' DAUGHTERS! ENJOY IT!"
I didn't say that, of course. Partly because I was headed to work and didn't want to be late, partly because we were passing each other, and partly because I'm a coward.
But if I could give her a message, I would say, "The way to inspire your children to get up early is to create excitement and joy for them. Foster an environment where they will be excited to get out of bed (and then reap the rewards graciously)."