All winter through you sat and chirped
And told me of your warmth usurped
Through wind and ice and flakes of snow
You warbled “Where’d my sunshine go?”
But now the bright beams warm your verse
No longer do you winter curse
Your notes have changed from ire to glee
And I you answer joyfully
And now they are the ones who don’t care if my 19 year old sits at their house and drinks half the night then drives home.
Now, I understand that it’s my son doing the drinking. We have very strict rules about underage drinking in this house and he knows it. He is at fault for breaking our rules and has been punished accordingly. But perhaps if half of his friend’s parents didn’t facilitate the drinking by allowing it when they hang out at their house, and even occasionally BUYING it for them, my arguments to my son against it might seem more valid to him. As any parent who’s heard the phrase “Well, so-and-so’s parents don’t care” uttered to them can attest, it can be the most frustrating thing when another parent undermines a value you are trying to instill or disregards a rule made for your childs well being.
In this case, these parents are actually breaking the law.
We must be a united front in raising our children. Not all of our values will always be the same, but there are core rights and wrongs on which we must stand together. There are rules of law and rules of society on which we all must be firm and help each other guide our children down the right path.
I will help your child in any way I can. Please help me to help mine.
Head pounding and hands shaking, she slams the lid on her suitcase. Tears continue to fall even though she physically tries to will them away. She paces between nightstand and window, then grabs her things and heads for the door. Stopping mid stride, she begins frantically searching through her purse. She pulls out a well worn love letter and places it under his forgotten cell phone, and Janet’s text asking him what time he’ll be over.