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Topic: YOUTH (04/04/19)
- TITLE: An Old Man Discovers the Problems of Youth
By Louis Detweiler
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Bill turned his head as a group of high school students gathered at a nearby bus stop waiting for their school bus. “Ah, let’s listen to our youth before they go to school.”
“I have a report on climate change due today.”
“Do you really believe in climate change? I think it is just political.”
“I studied climate change for the last two weeks. The earth is warming faster than it’s ever have in the last 1,000 years. The oceans are rising, the growing season is lengthening in the north and the ice caps are melting.”
Another student quipped in, “Can we reverse this warming trend?”
The voice answered back, “I don’t know, we might not have a chance unless the governments of the world act fast.”
Another student lamented, “How are we going to afford to go to college to study climate change. It costs tens of thousands of dollars just to go to college. My Mom and Dad don’t have the money.”
A voice answered, “Ever hear about financial aid?"
A girl cried out “Financial aid. I don’t want to go in debt for one hundred thousand dollars for my college tuition. Students from all over the United States owe the federal government over a trillion dollars. If something should happen and I don’t graduate I still owe the money. Going in debt up to my eyeballs just to save the world and fight climate change for a problem I didn’t create doesn’t make sense.”
A male voice spoke up, “My older brother still lives at home. He has a college education but can’t find a high paying job so he can move out afford an apartment while paying off his student loan. He is going to move in with friends next month. He has a girlfriend and has put off marriage until they are financially stable.”
A young voice broke in, “My grandfather had a house and raised three sons and a daughter while my grandmother stayed home and took care of the house.”
“Those days have vanished – forever. My parents both work and they are still always complaining there is not enough money. We share our house with my father’s brother to help him get on his feet.”
A girl’s voice chimed in, “At least you have a family, my Dad has a live-in girlfriend and my mother moved in with her best girlfriend. Sometimes I don’t know where to sleep or what I am to do, It is too confusing. What happened to a Mom and Dad and a single-family home?
A male voice spoke up, “I wonder if we’ll get shot today?”
There was dead silence for a minute.
Another male voice spoke up, “We have police monitoring the school now. We have counselors who watch us. We have practiced drills in what to do if there is a shooter. Let’s all just be vigilant and watch for anything suspicious.”
A girl spoke up, “I was so filled with enthusiasm on this beautiful spring morning, but now I don’t feel like going to school.”
Another voice spoke up, “Our family prays together every day. God is always watching over us. Jesus said, “All things are possible.” Jesus gives me hope everyday for a better world and a better life. We have life and we have hope, we can change the direction of our lives. We can make a difference, we may have to pay student loans in the future but there is hope.”
A girl’s voice responded, “I needed that, I will carry that thought with me all day today!”
The school bus arrived, the students got on the bus, and then they were gone.
After Bill finished crying, he spoke to Fido, “We need to pray for our youth. We need to help change the world with them.”
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