Several years ago when my oldest daughter was 5 or 6, she was in the backseat of the car with her brother while I was driving on a busy road. We stopped at a traffic light and a white, ghastly butt appeared in the rear window of the car ahead of us. The mooner was targeting the car to my left. Unfortunately, we got a better view than the intended victim.
Not being able to do much, I used this as a teaching moment. "That man is doing a very bad thing. We should never do that."
From the backseat my daughter agreed with me. "Yeah, he took off his seat belt."
I don't know why I've been thinking about that story. Maybe it's because my "baby" turned 11 yesterday and the oldest will turn 25 on Thursday. Have I taught them anything? Did they learn what I was trying to teach them?
Or are they picking up all the wrong things like when my 2nd daughter said to me, "We don't say bad words like dang or shoot. We only say words like crap. . ."
So, kids, if you are reading, here's some quick reminders:
It's nice to be important but it's more important to be nice.
Never suppress a generous thought.
Don't hate people. It takes too much energy and makes you ugly.
Fair is a place you take a pig and you win a prize. Life is not fair.
Let other people win. It makes them feel good and it will make you feel good too.
If not now, when? If not you, then who?
Your integrity and your morals should never be compromised.
Don't do stupid things.