I am somewhat bewildered by the sports fans of today. I like most people in the U.S. was enjoying the excitement of the Super Bowl on Sunday, Feb. 4th, 2018. The outcome was to say the least surprising. The Philadelphia Eagles (the underdogs), beat the New England Patriots (5 time winners). The excitement in the country was overwhelming; but clearly more overwhelming for the fans of both the Patriots and the Eagles. That weekend, numerous Patriots and Eagles fans were arrested and/or injured. Stores were vandalized, fires started, personal property destroyed. Believe it or not, someone in Philly even ate horse poop – extremely bewildering.

What exactly does this type of behavior do to our children? You are probably thinking that it does not affect our children because our children know better than to behave like this. However, the students at the University of Massachusetts are somebody’s children and at least 12 of them were arrested. The guy in Philly who ate poop is someone’s child, possibly even some child’s father. My point here is that we cannot assume that our children know how to act when presented with circumstances such as these. You’ve likely heard of mob mentality taking control and these are perfect examples of that. Use what took place this weekend as an opportunity to discuss these scenarios with your children, grandchildren, or nieces and nephews. Make sure they know that behavior like that is never acceptable. Make sure they know the importance of exhibiting good values and good judgment.

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 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.