Tuesday, March 19, 2013
The other day I was in the grocery store talking to my Pops on the phone... and as I hung up, I said, "okay... talk to you later Dad. LOVE YOU"... ya know.. the usual ending to a phone call with your parents. Suddenly, an older lady walks up to me and says, "I am so happy you talk to your father on the phone, and with such great respect."
First thought... BUSINESS!! This lady was ear hustlin'! Then she proceeded to say, "I'm 55 years old, and my parents are 88 and 89. I still call them and still respect them. And guess what... if they wanted to they would STILL whoop me if I ever disrespected them!"
Caught my attention! WHY? ... Welp, besides her talking to me like we were friends, it was because I can soooo relate to her! Growing up as a Pacific Islander and having the parents I have, I grew up with the utmost respect for my elders and family. Things have changed... and the woman in the grocery store agreed. Kids can be sooo bratty with their parents... defying and lying to them, going to extremes in school, not calling them just to say HI! I'm not saying I was an angel child, but what I am saying is that I have never disrespected them!
Hang onto that respect with your parents, with your grandparents, with your elders. You may not agree with them all the time, but that doesn't give us the right to respect them any less.
After all, family is E V E R Y T H I N G!