Wednesday, August 17, 2011

There is a Reason....






To my lovely teenage daughter and perhaps other teenage girls who may read this. Hopefully this will help you get a glimmer of understanding when you are in a pique.


There is a reason---

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There is a reason that we tell you constantly to pick up after yourself.

There is a reason that we won`t allow you to wear scarlet lipstick at fifteen.

There is a reason that we insist on speaking to so-and-so`s parents BEFORE you arrive on their doorstep.

There is a reason that we won`t allow you to ride alone in a car with a boy until you`re sixteen.

There is a reason that we bought you a cell phone, and pay the fifty dollar bill every month besides being able to send text messages to your friends and play Angry Birds.

There is a reason we harp on you about your chores.

There is a reason that we expect good grades and attendance at school.

There is a reason that when you are sixteen you are expected to get a summer job and help pay for gas and auto insurance.

There is a reason that we refuse to allow you to have piercings anyplace on your body besides your ears until you are eighteen.

There is a reason that we do not allow you to sleep ANYWHERE without proper parental supervision.

There is a reason that we insist on meeting your beau and his family.

There is a reason that we like to see you doing your own laundry, learning to cook and dust and vacuum.

There is a reason that we would rather see you reading than staring vacantly at the television.

There is a reason that we do not allow you to leave our home in clothing that your mother wouldn`t dare to wear.

There is a reason that you have a ten o’clock curfew even though many of your friends do not.

There is a reason that we have talked about sex and have made ourselves available to you for any questions.

There is a reason that we have encouraged you to be averse to censorship, hatred, homophobia and racial discrimination.

There is a reason we will not purchase black eyeliner for you.

There is a reason that we plead with you to not give your heart to a boy until you enter college.

There is a reason that we frown when you inform us you had cotton candy and Mountain Dew for lunch.

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There is a reason we, your parents, do all of the above and many other things that you dislike greatly.

That reason is that we hope to see you grow and learn and become independent, attend college and find a career that you love.

That reason is that we live in fear of teenage pregnancy, alcohol and drug use, sexually transmitted diseases and drunk driving.

That reason is we want to see you find that one special man and experience love in a mature, caring relationship after you have discovered who you are.

That reason is that we want to see you become the very best woman you can become.

That reason is that we know in another ten or fifteen years you may finally come to understand our reasons.

That reason is that we love you above all else.






















8 comments:

Nancy @ A Rural Journal said...

Good for you, Mom & Dad. Someday, it will all make sense to her. :)

Sharon said...

You have a good handle on it - I sure hope it works!

XXX

TexWisGirl said...

and good luck...

Leontien said...

Whooo good for mom!
My mom agrees!

Thanks
Leontien

Brenda said...

That's beautiful! I hope your daughter understands how much you love her.

John Gray said...

awwwwww

Melodie said...

I love this! If only all girls heard this from their parents...

Feral Female said...

Thanks all. You know most generally Miss Yodeling is a dream child, but at her age, certain things do tend to flare up. I hope that she someday understands why her parents tend to be somewhat strict.