A couple of entirely unimportant but fairly interesting things floating around the world wide web today, like everyday. One of them comes courtesy of www.wgal.com , a news station out of Pennsylvania. They put together a list of what they’re calling “Five Basic Manners That Time Forgot” and it’s all the regular stuff you’d expect, but I suppose it proves the point that these things are ‘forgotten’, given everyone’s penchant for bitching that no one has manners anymore. There’s also a list from the fine folks at www.askmen.com called “Five Manly Things Men Used to Do” and it’s a pretty solid list. Basically, it’s a list of things that your father probably did, but you don’t… but would like to. The ‘manners’ list got us thinking about all the crap our parents tried to pound into our dense heads and all the advice we ignored along the way because we were busy being kids. The “manly” list got us thinking about the other end of the spectrum; all the crap we’d love to do as an adult, except, as an adult you have that one pesky, annoying, soul- crushing obstacle called ‘responsibility’. Nevertheless, both of these list inspired today’s question: WHAT DO YOU THINK EVERY KID SHOULD KNOW OR DO BEFORE ADULTHOOD AND WHAT DO YOU THINK EVERY ADULT SHOULD DO AT LEAST ONCE DURING ADULTHOOD?
I just think kids should misbehave, sneak out of the house, throw a snowball at a car, skip school a few times, pee in the snow, etc. Yes, I understand that none of those things are the greatest thing to do and that there are repercussions for acting out, but that’s the point. I figure that a kid should do all the dumb stuff kids do because that’s the joy of being a kid in the first place, and facing repercussions and understanding how that works goes a LONG way as an adult. That’s my thinking, anyway. As far as being an adult, well, you know, do what you want, you an adult.
OK then, here’s a list of the things you believe kids and adults need to do to truly experience being a kid or an adult.
Play OUTDOORS… novel concept these days
Learn to read… I was under the impression that MOST kids were learning to read
Cook and clean… I know some adults who could stand to learn to do the same thing
Learn about finances… you know, how to save for drugs and booze
Get into a fight and lose… did that more than I would have liked
Have their heart broken… first time I had my heart broken it was because I didn’t get the Big Wheel I wanted for Christmas, but I don’t think that’s what they meant.
Go to Disneyland/ World… I’m sure kids everywhere would agree
Learn to do laundry
THINGS EVERY ADULT SHOULD DO
Ride the Ducks
Live on their own… amen. Just do it for your own peace of mind because peace of mind doesn’t exist much when you’re not on your own
Act like a kid… just be an idiot sometimes
Community service/ donate to charity
Smoke pot… not all the time, but try it once
Not take yourself seriously
Go to Vegas at least once
Conquer a fear… great advice, although, I don’t know that I’ve done it
Own a home
Well, there you go. Now you know what everyone else thinks you and/ or your kids should be doing, so get to it!
Band practice tonight… head kinda hurts, but then, my head ALWAYS kinda hurts because I’m always kinda drinking… and plan to start again soon.