The neighbor’s kid ran out of gas on a mild Winters’ day and you would of thought the Yellowstone Caldera (sorry, I’ve been reading a novel about it) was blowing it’s top. My neighbor, a capable man in his own right, had to take time out of his day to go and bail out a 17 year old who couldn’t remember to put gas in the car. I can’t for the life of me figure out why a son would call his Dad if he ran out of gas or why a Dad would run right out and take care of Momma’s little darling. I don’t want to come off like I never ran out of gas but I sure never would of called my Dad. First off getting to a Pay phone would have involved walking to a gas station and if I called the Old Man from a gas station I damn well better be half dead. It isn’t that my Dad didn’t love me, he was the first one to the hospital when my “hopped up” Mustang met a U-Haul truck, but he raised me to take care of my own problems. He was the backstop for the big stuff, bothering him with a gas gauge on E would have been a stain on my honor and black mark against me in the “Man Book”. When the time came to take care of a terminally ill wife there was no calling Dad, there wasn’t a need, I had become a man in my own right. I’m not sure you can learn those lessons from a Smart Phone and a call to Dad. I’m not sure who the joke is on, a generation that doesn’t have to take responsibility, or the generation who is going to need them to take care of them when they’re in their dottage. Either way do the world a favor and raise a capaable kid.
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