OK . . . I admit it. I have old fashioned ideas, especially according to today’s standards. I really can’t help it, as – I am sort of ‘old’!
What is truly amazing to me though, is that so many of our parents don’t share some of what I consider to be good and moral values and lessons. They have let me know that what I told their son about something is not something they necessarily agree with. I must admit that I keep sharing things with them anyway!
Below is a list of the things I frequently talk with the boys about, just so you know what it is that I share with them, along with how to sing better of course!
How to write a letter or thank-you note
How to take a message
How to get to know an older person better
How to thread a needle and sew on a button
How to make a genuine apology
How to hammer a nail
How to shake hands and introduce yourself, looking the person right in the eyes
How to make a budget and balance a checkbook
How to see a job through to completion
How to do laundry
How to take care of a garden
How to fix something instead of replace it
How to plan a healthy meal
How to hang a picture
How to wash dishes by hand
How to wait and save for something
How to check tire pressure by hand
How to ask questions to get to know someone better
How to read a map . . . one made of paper
How to find a book in the library
How to seek counsel from someone more experienced
How to care for a pet
How to admit a mistake
How to set a table
How to have good table manners
How to iron a shirt
How to give someone the benefit of doubt
How to weight out the pro’s and con’s of a decision
How to read a recipe
How to do something well, even if no one is watching
And, the most important skill a boy or anyone can have . . .
How to be kind!
With the new ‘Mister Rogers Neighborhood’ movie now out, his three favorite words were [as repeated by Tom Hanks] : Be kind, Be kind, Be kind.
Kindness today seems to have become old fashioned but, come to think about it . . . singing is pretty old fashioned too, right?!
I wish kindness for all of you this holiday season and may you share kindness with someone who needs it.