Kathie Cerveny (kathie@DELTA.EECS.NWU.EDU)
Tue, 23 Jun 1992 11:03:23 CDT
Since I do not think we in Chicago have the corner on the market of trouble
recruiting parents into our movement, nor even a corner on parents who
truly do not care about their own kids, I thought some of you might be able
to use the following. I have found it very useful, but I am never able to
read it without tears!
HOW COME DAD! ! !
Before its too late give your kids yourself
Hey, Dad, how come you and Mom used to peek in at me every few minutes
after you brought me home from the hospital, but I couldn't even get you
to come and watch me at Little League?
Gosh, Dad, that sure would have meant a lot to me!
Hey, Dad, how come you were so anxious for me to join the Scouts? I
thought you would make at least one overnight camp out with us. Sure
was lonely out there, even with all the other dads.
Hey, Dad, how come you and Mom were always saying, "We gotta do it for the
kids," but when I asked you to sit down with me and look at my schoolwork, you
just couldn't give up that TV?
Hey, Dad, how come it was too expensive to go as a family to our baseball
banquet; when the same night it was best for you to celebrate your friend's
next promotion at the club, and you didn't even bother to go with me to
receive my football trophy?
Hey, Dad, how come you always told Mom, "Our kids are gonna have more than
we did," and then you couldn't even find the time to enjoy all the "more"
stuff with me?
Hey, Dad, how come you and Mom thought birthday presents and Christmas
presents and all the other nice things you bought me were all the things I
needed? All you needed to say was, "I love you, I understand you, I
respect your rights as an individual."
Hey, Dad, how come you and Mom said you devoted your lives to making me
happy and secure? Didn't you know that room and board are just a part of
happiness and security?
Hey, Dad, how come you and Mom didn't go to the PTA meeting when that nice
man was telling what to watch out for with drugs and narcotics? Maybe I
wouldn't have been so curious if you would have just talked to me about it!
Hey, Dad, how come ..............................?
Sorry, son, time's up!
Just one more minute, officer, please?
Hey, Dad, how come it took a place like this for me to finally hear you
say, "I love you, Son."
It's too late, Dad!
Hey, Dad, Moms, how come you can't become more interested in our youth? Be
concerned. Volunteer to help with Boy or Girl Scouts, or any other youth
programs offered in your area. The clubs and our children need our interest!
Parents don't wait until it is too late and ask yourselves, "Why did he or
she do this to me?" It might be what YOU did or failed to do for them!
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City