What we have here is a failure to communicate

Gracious words are like a honeycomb, sweetness to the soul and health to the body.

— Proverbs 16:24

When I was a boy living on Miami Street, we sure knew how to have fun! No, we didn’t have any of the electronic devices that are used today. But we had fun with what we had. Please stay with me and I’ll share with you a few of the fun activities that we enjoyed.

Directly across the street from where we lived was a factory that built earth-moving machinery which we called steam shovels. A large area of empty space next to the factory was used to test the steam shovels.

Testing always left large mounds of dirt and large dug-out areas. The dug-out spots would fill up with water where there always were hundreds of tadpoles which eventually turned into toads.

It was so much fun watching the tadpoles swim around and then picking up the toads and the watch them hop around. We were always told to be careful when you pick up a toad because if it would pee on your hands you would get a wart there. Must not have been true because I have no idea how many times I tested it but have never gotten a wart.

We also had fun during the winter months when there was plenty of snow, such as sliding down, rolling down or any other way to get down the hills. Some of the kids had a sled to slide down on, which I didn’t have, so I slid down on an old piece of carpet or anything else that would work.

I soon decided to make something unique. So, I went home to take a look around while being confident that I would find something. As I looked around, I noticed a big cardboard box laying around the house. An idea then popped into my mind! I think I’ll just use that box for a sled and slide down on that. I did that and it worked great, which proved an old adage, “Necessity is the mother of invention.”

It worked so great that one of the other kids noticed how much fun I was having and as soon as I set it aside for a minute, he grabbed it. I struggled to get it back and he struggled to keep it for himself. I don’t remember who ended up with the box, but it didn’t matter, as it got pretty much ripped up during the struggle. We both realized it was over; and generally speaking, that’s pretty much the way it in those days — we didn’t make a big-deal out of things.

The point that I’m trying to make is the difference in mental attitude of the younger generation of today and that of a few years ago. I believe that there were two contributing factors missing that accounts for this. One is having good old-fashioned fun together and the other is poor communication.

Please don’t misunderstand me, as I am not against all of the electronic devices. I am only suggesting that we too often used them as a replacement for good, honest conversation.

It’s pretty obvious that so many of our young people seem to have forgotten how to communicate with each other; it’s obvious when you see them walking down the street. Remember how it was years ago? They were all talking to each other.

Do you remember the days of good conversation? The time when people expressed their feelings in a calm and respectful manner without putting the other person down because they had a different view point?

We see so much of that today, and not just with our youngsters. Again, everything has its place, including texting. Today, they constantly text each other. And I believe this is the start of the problem. Our children need to communicate with each other while looking at the other eye to eye. And not only our children need this, I believe that we all do.

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