Things Parents Say
One of my favorite Christmas movies is A Christmas Story. Most of you are probably familiar with the story of Ralphie who wants a Red Ryder BB Gun for Christmas and does everything in his power to make sure his parents know that is what he wants. The story is set back in the 50’s and has a number of memorable quotes and scenes. The one my wife hates the most is when one young boy dares another to stick his tongue on a flagpole in the dead of winter. Of course you know how that one ends. One of the other memorable moments is when Ralphie’s mom utters the words he can’t bear to hear when he shares his longing for that Red Ryder BB Gun for Christmas, “You’ll shoot your eye out“. Moms and Dads are known for their ability to douse or raise a young kids hopes with one simple sentence that they remember for the rest of their lives. Phrases like…
“Because I said so.”
“Don’t make me come back there.”
“I’ll turn this car right around”
“I’ll give you something to cry about.”
Those are just a few that many of us have heard through the ages. What are those “things parents say” that you heard as a kid that have stuck with you enough that you recall them at a drop of a hat and, maybe have even used on your kids?
This Week’s Leaving a Legacy Journal Questions:
- What is the best movie you’ve ever seen? If you could play one of the characters in the film, whom would you choose and why?
- How would you finish this sentence–“One thing my dad always said was…”?
- Did you ever go to summer camp? Camping with the Boy Scouts? Share one unforgettable memory.
- Share a favorite poem, passage of writing or some quotes that have been especially meaningful in your life.
- Is there any one book or author who helped you to develop a philosophy of life? SHare some of those insights.
- How have your ideas about God changed from when you were young?
- What kind of outdoor work do you enjoy? Dislike?
- What is your favorite way to spend a day of leisure?
- When did you learn how to ride a bike, or to water ski, snow ski, roller skate or sail? Share your memories of the experience(s).
How’s your progress going? Is this the first time you’ve come across the Leaving a Legacy challenge? If so, you can start today! About 5 months ago I started taking questions from the book, A Father’s Legacy: Your Life Story in Your Own Words (from J. Countryman, a division of Thomas Nelson, Inc.). Each week I take about 5-10 of the questions and post them on the DadPad. The idea is for you to take some time each week answering these on a piece of paper, a journal of your own or electronically so that you can eventually put together something you can leave to your children and your children’s children as a journal of your life. Most of these are questions that may not readily come up for discussion while your kids are at home and we never know when we won’t be here anymore. So, start with today’s questions and find the other entries by searching on LEAVING A LEGACY for the category to get the other posts and complete at your leisure. When you’re finished you will have something valuable to leave behind!