Not Tardy Artie

I decided to try responding to a writing prompt. Until just a few moments ago, I didn’t realize anything like that existed online or that it was geared towards writers/bloggers. Wait! What am I saying? Everything is on the Internet. If you can think it, it is somewhere on the Internet. Today’s writing prompt posted by dailypost.wordpress.com is “tardy”. That’s it – just the word “tardy”.

When I think of tardy, being a writer focused on grandchildren, my first thought is, “How does this relate to my grandchildren.” We try our best to educate our children and/or grandchildren to walk the right path of being a good citizen and just plain old decent human being. Part of being a decent human being is being dependable. One aspect of being dependable is being timely. If you commit to being somewhere at a certain time or doing something within a certain time, you must adhere to that commitment. Don’t promise your mom that you will be home by 8 and then come walking in the door at 9. First of all, if you do that, you are likely to end up punished. Secondly, you may not be trusted again to do what you promise.

If you can’t understand why being tardy is not acceptable, try putting yourself in the other person’s place. Let’s say, you and your friend agreed to meet at the movie theater at 6:45 PM for a movie that started at 7:00 PM. Six forty-five rolls around and no friend. No biggie. You still have 15 minutes before the movie starts. Oh no, it’s 7 o’clock and still no friend. That’s ok. You’ll probably only miss the new movie trailers. It’s now 7:15. Do you go in without your friend or continue to wait in the lobby a bit longer and risk missing a significant portion of the movie? Might be a tough decision.

When it comes to being tardy, try to avoid it if at all possible. We know life happens and sometimes you can’t avoid being late. On that occasion, reach out and give a call to let the person know you will be late. We all want to develop a name for ourselves but I don’t think Tardy Artie is the name we want to develop.

And the Winner is…

I was having a conversation with one of my grandsons the other day. He was playing a new video game and had just progressed to the next level. I noticed the next level would require him to fight a female player. I said to him, “You will never be able to win this level.” He said, “Why not?” My response, “Because you are not allowed to hit a girl.” He said, “What?! That’s not true.” I explained to him that it was indeed true in real life. Men are never supposed to hit women.

After this brief conversation, I began to think about how many of our young men have never been told they should not hit women? How many of our young men have never been told to be kind to women? How many of our young men are not being taught how to act like gentlemen? So many of the niceties of life seem to be lost. I consider myself a modern woman; however, I still appreciate a man holding a door open for me or offering me his seat on the train.

Think about it. Our grandchildren spend a lot of time watching movies and videos and playing video games where they are constantly being shown images that are not necessarily in alignment with what our family values are. It is imperative that we share early and share often the values that are important to us. I am thankful for my husband who is daily trying to impress upon our grandson what it means to be a gentleman and decent human being. Every day brings a new revelation and a new challenge but like the video game characters, we keep coming back because we are in it to win it.