“Read about a man who said his family had been farming the same land in Ohio for 100 years./Felt like he’d paid for it ten times over with his own blood, his own sweat and his his own tears./If he had to, he’d be out there on that tractor working seven long, hot days a week./ Yeah, he’s the kind of feller that people get real quiet when he stands up in church to speak/They know when he speaks./Oh, that’s a man.”
“That’s a Man” – Jack Ingram
Let me ask you something – are you one of those types? The type who likes to shirk their responsibilities? Who likes to blame others for your failings? Who only hears what they want to hear in someone else’s words vice what’s actually being said? Or maybe you that type, the type that likes to hide behind false words, to make up a situation to avoid just shooting straight. Maybe you are, maybe you aren’t. The problem as I see it – I know entirely too many people who are that type.
I don’t really know where it all sort of got off kilter, when parents stopped teaching their kids responsibility and being accountable for their actions. Because you know, it starts there, what we teach our kids is what they’re going to be and do when they’re adults.
Let me tell you, I’m an expert on getting in trouble as a child. If something went wrong in my household of five children with me being the oldest, more often than not you’d make money if you’d bet that I had something to do with it. With that, I think I heard every single bit of wisdom my father had on the subject – “you wanna dance, you’ve got to pay the fiddle,” or “you can’t do the time, don’t commit the crime,” and my personal, heard way to many times, favorite - “you made you bed youngin, time to lay in it.”