Friday, March 28, 2014

Who Says Young People Aren’t Courteous?

Yesterday evening, we walked over to the mall to have coffee and get out of the house for awhile. My daughter’s boyfriend was here for a few hours, so we forced invited the two of them to come along. Because we weren’t going to leave a 16-year-old girl and a 17-year-old boy alone in the house for an extended period of time. Teenage hormones, people, teenage hormones. I may be liberal and easygoing, but even I have my limits.

Anyhow, the kids are a joy to spend time with, and we are very fond of my daughter’s boyfriend. He is very polite, and well mannered towards us, which is a pleasure, but what is most important is that he’s very good to my daughter. He is very devoted to her, and treats her with respect. Seeing these two young people behave so maturely and thoughtfully with each other is very gratifying.


Speaking of young people, we were served by some very friendly and polite teens at the coffee shop. Who says young people aren’t courteous? Come to Kingston, and you’ll meet plenty of them. I so love this city.

Well, that’s a wrap for this week. Below is a fun video to kick start the weekend, which I hope is a great one for all of you. Our weather should be warming up, and this snow may finally melt. It’s the end of the month and I’m still wearing boots and a winter jacket. This is so wrong...so soooo wrong...



Happy weekend!

38 comments:

  1. I enjoyed the music that went with the video. Glad you guys had a nice time out yesterday.

    We stayed in and had good foods, with homemade bread, which I am about to have with cream cheese and decaf coffee.

    Have an excellent weekend, Martha.

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    1. Mmmmm....homemade bread. Good stuff. I love when it's straight out of the oven. I hope the weekend has been a good one for you! It's been a quiet one so far for us. Sometimes we need a little of that to recharge the batteries.

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  2. Hi Martha! Oh, it's been a long time. It is wonderful that your daughter has such a good boyfriend and that all of you like him so much. That's incredibly important. It sounds like you all have been doing very well and enjoying each other very much. We have some very friendly teens around here. They are delightful. Not all teens are "surly". Though I have met some who are. Maybe they just feel self conscious. Hugs and blessings, Bird

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    1. It's always nice to see you here, Bird! Yes, not all teenagers are surly. Most of the ones I know are really nice kids. And the ones that aren't often have a story behind that attitude.

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  3. Martha,
    How wonderful that your daughter had such a terrific boyfriend .
    So glad you had such a great time with them.

    Maybe someday, I'll get to Kingston , sounds like a wonderful place to live with all those courteous teens, I love that .
    Loved the video, oh, those wonderful and amazing babies.

    Hope you get to 'kick of those winter boots soon, very soon.

    Happy weekend.
    xo

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    1. It would be wonderful if you came to Kingston, Margie! I'd be so happy to meet you. I think you'll really like our little city.

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  4. It's good to hear about nice, polite teenagers. I know they're out there, but we seem to usually hear about the not so nice ones. :)

    Have an excellent weekend, and i hope you can ditch your winterwear! It's time, and you've been patient enough!

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    1. That's the problem, Mary, that we only hear about the ones that aren't that nice. There are some wonderful young people out there.

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  5. I think you can only find that level of courtesy within the teenage population North of the US-Canadian border.

    It's good to be back to your blog, Martha.
    Be well.

    xoRobyn

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  6. fun video, thanks for sharing and have a great weekend. Glad you are enjoying your teenagers. My son put me through some trying times at 16.

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    1. Most parents face some difficulties with their teens at that difficult age. The hope is that it all straightens out in the long run, which it seems to have for your family.

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  7. Thanks for cheering us up Martha! I'm glad there are some courteous youngsters still out there. Maybe we need more courteous adults too! I know what you mean about this winter.... will it ever end??? Take care and think of warmer days ahead!

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    1. Oh, you bet we need more courteous adults! There are enough rude ones out there at our age. And that doesn't set a good example for the young people.

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  8. Great video!
    Glad that your daughter is a nice girl♥️
    Enjoy the weekend...
    Cheers!
    Linda :o)

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    1. Thanks, Linda. I hope the weekend has been a good one for you!

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  9. Glad you like your daughter's boyfriend. Bet that helps everyone get along.

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    1. It certainly does. I'm glad to see that she's choosing nice young men.

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  10. That must be so reassuring for you Martha that your daughter and her boyfriend are easy to be around. You must be proud.

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    1. I certainly am proud, Jim, but I'm even happier that she's making good choices in partners. I don't think there's anything worse than one of your kids hooking up with aggressive, disrespectful, and even abusive individuals.

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  11. That's so nice that you all get along and they want to be with you.

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    1. It is very nice. We like this young man, and enjoy his company.

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  12. I think rude teenagers is one of the false-stereotypes. They can be very immature towards each other and in school, but typically in real situations they're not so bad.

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    1. You are right, Adam. Most of them are nice kids.

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  13. I think lots of kids get a bad rap. Lack of manners usually comes from home.

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    1. I agree, Red. A lot of kids are judged harshly when they don't deserve it. And manners are definitely taught from home. It is important to be a good example to our children. They learn from us.

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  14. Amen, and amen again. I simply love this blog. We need more adults chanting the praises of our youth. So many times we belittled, put down, and criticized our future. I believe most young people are fantastic and they need to hear more of how wonderful they are. Kids live up or down to the words they hear adult say. Kudos for your wise and kind words! Cheers!!

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    1. Absolutely! There are so many wonderful young people out there, and we should praise them. There are always bad apples in the bunch, but that shouldn't define the whole lot of them.

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  15. That is so great, he sounds like the wonderful boy your daughter deserves. I believe young people learn their manners and morals at home -- you're a great mom :)

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    1. Thank you! That is sweet. I am happy knowing that my daughter values herself, and firmly believes that she deserves respect and kindness, which leads her to make good choices in partners.

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  16. HAhaaaa… 16 and 17 … hormonal hell … oh, baruther. We lived over my shop and there were times … on weekends when the girls stayed a bit too long upstairs in the house part… call him on the phone.. Yates? yes… what're you doin? nothing, MOoooooom …

    I don't know what I'd do if I had had a daughter… a son was bad enough… especially since he liked girls and they reciprocated the liking SIGH… it's something being a parent… sure is … and teenagedom is quite a todo… But your relationship with your daughters is special ~ communication and of course! her boyfriend is a gentleman... what else would she choose! ;)

    Ohhhh .. I love spending time with the young kiddos… most are very sweet and friendly to us old people… guess I remind them of their Grandmother…

    The unfriendly people seem to be the 50 ~ 60ish women… I guess they see themselves in a few years… I'm serious! I've had quite a few words with this age group of women… rude ~

    cute video! every three seconds? whoa and I didn't realize we were born without knee caps?!

    Ohhhhhh so sorry about your weather. I have a pal in … HInton? Canada… she just got married March 25th and moved from Dallas to Canada… with ALL the snow… just posted on Facebook about MORE … she's been watching curling… curling? loooong way from Texas… hahaa watching curling… oh, me.

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    1. She's watching curling? Well, now she's truly a Canadian. Hahaha...

      Carolyn, I couldn't agree with you more about the 50 - 60 year old women! I thought it was my imagination, but now that you've said it out loud, I realize that it's quite true. What is it about women in that age group, anyway? So much bitterness in some of them. And rotten attitude. There must be stories behind all that.

      Hahaha...yes, hormonal hell. We've all been there, right? LOL...

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  17. You are really a wonderful mom!! You are liberal yet believes in some reasonable values.....
    "Practical" I guess would be a right word to use here.

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    1. Yes, practical would be a great word! I'm pretty easygoing with my daughter, and she has a lot of freedom, but I do have some limits.

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  18. Hi Martha! Taking a break from the heat (sorry) and catching up! The Madge commercial certainly was a blast from my past. Now we have dishwashers! The fireman rescuing and reviving the kitty was wonderful. I love firemen too! I see a lot of wonderful young people who give me great hope for the future. I agree with your friend above ~ liberal, but practical! That's what kids need. You have to give them freedom to make mistakes and learn when they're really young, so that when they're older they can evaluate and make good decisions ~ but you set up situations where you can help them avoid those hormonal urges! Way to go! The baby video was fascinating. By the way, I was rereading your posts to make sure I hadn't missed any, and I found one I had ~ The tomato man! Were you polite Canadians ~ eh! Some kids nowadays wouldn't be so polite! Have a good week!

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    1. Thanks for taking the time to pop by! I know how busy you are vacationing...hahaha...you lucky girl!

      Yes, we were polite Canadians. We'd been taught from home to never be rude to older people. Not a bad thing to learn!

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    1. It truly is. A lot of nice young people out there.

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