Friday, June 20, 2008

Harsh words from a Loving Heart.......

I received this....or a version of it via e-mail back in September sometime, and now that my lil She-Cub is all graduated and stepping out into the Semi-real world.....College is Not the real world....I think it's a good one to share.

I love you, kiddo, but here are are few of the things that you as a "grownup" should get used to........

Rule #1. Life is not fair. Get used to it. The average teenager uses the phrase "it's not fair" 8.6 times a day. You heard it all the time from your parents, who said it so often you decided they must be the most idealistic generation ever. Suck it up and do your'll work out if you work hard.

Rule #2. The real world won't care as much about your self-esteem as your school does. It'll expect you to accomplish something before you feel good about yourself. This may come as a shock. Usually, when inflated self-esteem meets reality, kids complain that it's not fair. (See Rule No. 1)

Rule #3. Sorry, you won't make $50,000 a year right out of high school. And you won't be a vice president or have a fancy car either. You may even have to wear a uniform that doesn't have a Hollister label.

Rule #4. If you think your teacher is tough, wait 'til you get a boss. He doesn't have tenure, so he tends to be a bit edgier. When you screw up, he is not going ask you how feel about it.

Rule #5. Flipping burgers is not beneath your dignity. Your grandparents had a different word for burger flipping. They called it opportunity. They weren't embarrassed making minimum wage either. They would have been embarrassed to sit around talking about "Brangelina" all weekend.

Rule #6. It's not your parents' fault. If you screw up, you are responsible. This is the flip side of "It's my life," and "You're not the boss of me," and other eloquent proclamations of your generation. When you turn 18, it's on your dime. Don't whine about it. You get credit for the good stuff too.....

Rule #7. Before you were born your parents weren't as boring as they are now. They got that way paying your bills, cleaning up your room and listening to you tell them how idealistic you are. And by the way, before you save the rain forest from the blood-sucking parasites of your parents' generation try delousing the closet in your bedroom.

Rule #8. Life is not divided into semesters, and you don't get summers off. Nor even Easter break. They expect you to show up every day. For eight hours. And you don't get a new life every 10 weeks. It just goes on and on.

Rule #9. Television is not real life. Your life is not a sitcom. Your problems will not all be solved in 30 minutes, minus time for commercials. In real life, people actually have to leave the coffee shop to go to jobs. Your friends will not be perky or as polite as Jennifer Aniston.

Rule #10. Be nice to nerds. You may end up working for them. We all could.

Rule #11. Enjoy this while you can. Sure, parents are a pain, school's a bother, and life is depressing. But someday you'll realize how wonderful it was to be kid. Maybe you should start now.

It's your life now. Make the most of it. Keep hold of the "kid" in you....but be the "grownup"...

You Sire Loves you.

You're welcome.


DammitWoman said...

Outstanding & oh so true! Nice "love letter" to she-cub. She should save it.

Rambling Rose said...

Well thought out post from a dedicated Dad. She's a lucky girl!

rthmcdragn said...

good lesson for the she-cub.... better she hear it now than later... said w. *strength* and love... bravo!

Robin Shelley said...

Wait a minute! Whaddya mean all my friends won't be as perky or polite as Jennifer Aniston?!! Are you sure? I mean, really, are you sure?

Wow. Life IS hard.

I know, I know... get over it!