That was her response when I complained about doing what I was told to do or perform my chores as required. Sometimes I wonder if my life was really just a lot different from others? I mean, we had chores every day in addition to those things Momma and/or Daddy would just come up with off hand. We were expected to keep our own rooms clean, as well as help with the entire house, the yard, the garden AND the farm animals! Imagine that!
We knew we had best do our homework or there would be consequences...I mean, REAL consequences like lost privileges, a real good 'talking to' or maybe even a lash or two with a limb or a belt. And, oh my goodness, I would have never dreamed of talking back to my parents! The ONE way to guarantee a whipping was to talk back. No warnings, no 'talking to', no nothing....just get ready to feel that limb or belt wrapping around those bare legs!
I marvel that I had to work at my own home, do my chores, mow the grass, help in the garden, help with the farm animals when Daddy needed it, do my homework and do all with a respectful attitude toward my parents. If not, I would be punished, more often than not with that limb or belt! Gosh! And I turned out pretty ok, I think! How did that happen? Am I not supposed to be scared for life by being 'hit' by my parents? Shouldn't I have a wounded psyche from all that work and expectations? How did I manage to grow up, dare I say it, normal?!
I am so weary of hearing whining parents complaining that they cannot control their children. I get so frustrated hearing kids and teens complaining of being 'bored' while Moms and Dads complain of having too much to do. I'll tell you one thing for sure, I knew better than to let my parents hear me say I was bored! They would have found something for me to do very quickly! And, they didn't mind making it my responsibility to help with household chores so everyone could sit down together after supper to watch a little TV before bedtime.
I don't know, I guess I'm just OLD. I don't understand the way things are done in families these days. We didn't have the perfect family, far from it. But, we managed to grow up to be well adjusted women who love the Lord, our parents and our families so Momma and Daddy must have done something right. Don't you think?!
Proverbs 13.24 (The Message)