my Nigerian train friend asked me this morning. She was talking about what she and her husband have witnessed - the decline of our American youth. And, as usual, she wasn't talking about EVERY young person out there, although it does appear to be a large number and that number is growing.
"It is multi-layered and my mind doesn't always think that way. So, my gut answer would be a crumbling of the family structure. The exact thing that my father and grandfather would talk about at our kitchen table in the late 60's - early 70's - except they identified the culprit as 'Communists'." I replied and furthered with...
“Left-winged or Right-winged or anywhere in the middle – I believe it comes down to the basics. If there was a candidate running for President that talked about the need to get back to the basics of life – discipline, respect of family, and a good work ethic, to name just a few – I would be first in line to vote for him/her.”
As we were parting ways, I said “I need to have you and your husband over for dinner some time soon.”
“Yes, we would like that. Could I bring my mother too?” she responded.
“Of course, I would be honored to have her over also.” I told her.
What a great testimony to her generational family respect.
You must admit – how often when asked to dinner at a friend’s house – do we follow with the question “Could I bring my mother too?”
Never for me.