This past week I had the privilege of attending the national NRA Convention in Atlanta. One of the first things that I noticed was the number of families attending. Mothers, fathers, kids, grandparents all together and oddly enough, not glued to their phones.
TV stars, musicians, athletes and politicians made their way through the crowds taking pictures and signing hats. Tom Selleck, Jesse James, President Trump and his son to name just a few.
Old favorites and new products were accompanied by flashing lights and fancy displays. Little Las Vegas.
There were no security checks, no searching of bags or purses (except for those attending the president’s speech) and just a nice relaxed family atmosphere. Wow is that becoming a rarity and it made me think, exactly what are we teaching our kids and are they really ready for this crazy world?
If your child is 30 years of age or younger you need to ask yourself if he or she can:
• Change a car tire and/or check the oil and tire pressure?
• Install a window air conditioner?
• Use a screwdriver or hammer correctly?
• Do their own laundry or cooking?
• Grow vegetables and/or know how to can or store them?
• Fish and/or clean a fish to eat?
• Use a needle and thread to sew cloth for a repair?
• Plunge a toilet or clean out a sink drain?
• Go on a date without it being a “group” event”?
• Write in cursive and/or read cursive (The Constitution and Declaration of Independence)
• Check to see if a gun is loaded and/or how to empty one safely without firing?
• Handwrite a letter to someone without using an emoji or abbreviations?
• Has a job that will lead to a career that will support them (rent/car/insurance/food)?
• Respect people older and listen to stories told by people that are both for fun and for learning a lesson? (always learn from other’s mistakes — so much easier)
Make eye contact and hold a conversation that includes saying hello, please, thank you and goodbye?
If you can answer yes to 50 percent or more of the above items, congratulations! If you are unsure, ask your kids (remember, I am referring to anyone 30 years old and under). You might be surprised.
Remember knowledge is power and the future of America depends on what our kids know and how they use it. This may scare you and it should!
Dorothy Royal is the owner of Surf City Guns and Ammo, mother of two wonderful children, ringmaster of a herd of miniature ponies and an avid member of the Surf City Writers Group and Topsail Book Club.