Sunday, 31 July 2016
dear teenage girl of today
When I saw you laugh at the vulgar, crass and crude, I was saddened.
When I saw you walking down the road flirtatiously eyeing every male that passed you, I was saddened.
When I saw you wearing things that would have been seen as scandalous when our parents and grandparents were growing up, I was saddened.
When I watched how you acted towards your parents, grandparents and towards your siblings, I was saddened.
When I saw the lack of respect and absence of such beautiful virtures as humility, generosity, patience, love and kindness, I was saddened.
When I saw the way you treated boyfriends as trophies, and things to play with and show off, and not real people with hearts, desires, fears and feelings of their own, I was saddened.
When I saw the extremely rude way you treated my co worker the other day at work when she was tired and had had a long day, I was saddened.
When I saw you whispering and giggling together and pointing at that old lady walking past who was having a bad hair day, I was saddened.
When I watched you shove past each other and the small children in order to be first on the bus so you could get a good seat, I was saddened.
You see, dear girl, your behaviour reflects on the rest of us.
I don't think I'm being prudish and stupid and not-with-the-times when I say that your actions are often obscene, ridiculous and disrespectful. I'm saddened when I see how you act, how you dress, how you speak.
I, too, am a female of today. And when I see you acting in this way I can't help but be saddened because I know that this is how society views teenage girls. Silly, giggly creatures who are only interested in boys and makeup. But what happened to make society view teenage girls this way? I have a feeling that as you began to act this way, society began to view you this way.
What happened to sensibility? What happened to respect for the elderly and authorities? What happened to being kind and sweet and gracious?
Why do you have to sacrifice kindness for stupidity?
I praise the Lord that not all teenage girls are like you. I know many wonderful teenage girls who refuse to participate in the gossip and sass and rudeness to others. Yet there are many of you and I fear your behaviour is starting to invade the girls younger and younger.
When I see you trading decency for indecency, kindness for rudeness, being nice for being obscene and respect for disrespect, it not only saddens me, but it breaks my heart.
Society was never meant to be this way. God made us to be a loving daughter, then to be a loving wife, then to be a loving mother, then a loving grandmother and so on. Not to intersperse loving daughter and loving wife with 'ridiculous, insensible, tasteless, coarse and unhelpful rebel-of-a-teenage girl'.
Please don't think I think I'm better than you when I say that your actions are ridiculous. I am simply concerned for our society and think that something must have gone terribly wrong for your character and your actions to be so accepted!
It shouldn't be like this.
a teenage girl of today who thinks sensibility shouldn't be a thing of the past
PS. HAPPY BIRTHDAY to my lovely, sweet, kind, gentle, hilarious sister Sophie who is turning a sweet 16 today! (This post wasn't directed at you, Soph. You know that, right? You do? Phew.) Hope your birthday is fabulous. Many blessings on this next year of your life.