TITLE: Around The Teacup, November 25, 2017
By Yolanda Payne
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My son is a teenager who believes he can solve the world's problems if given an opportunity “Mother you are old-fashioned" he often declares. My mother often responded to my outbursts with "you think you know everything but you haven't been far enough around the teacup to find the handle" Those words made me cringe. They were an insult. Who was she to tell me I didn’t know anything about life? I became even more determined to do the things I wanted rather than listen to my mother or consider her advice. If my mother was alive, I would smile and say "You were right I had not been far enough around the teacup to find the handle."
Unlike my mother who spoke those words I would not speak those words to my son. Although I often voiced them to myself. One day my son might desire to express similar remarks when arguing with his son or daughter. Hopefully rather than expressing them he will silently whispers them to himself.
Each generation thinks their parents are "old fashioned and out of touch". The cycle goes on and on.
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