I don't know why, but yesterday I was thinking about "old school thought".
So, here's what it means to me:
- Taking a belt/switch/brush/shoe to a kid when they get too far out of line. That kid could be your kid, a relative's kid, or a friend's kid.
- Giving a "stern" lecture to kids, anywhere, when they are "out of order".
- Throwing an adult party that has lots of food, folks in one area, playing cards, and talking trash, and having music playing in the background.
- Having your extended family attend your church when your kid is being baptized or dedicated.
- Family secrets.
- At the family dinner, someone in the family telling the truth that threatens to set things off.
- "Handling your business".
- Family taking care of family.
- While never stated like this, this is what it is: Not letting your situation define the person you are.
To show what I mean, here are some examples of sayings I grew up hearing:
- Just because we don't have much money, it doesn't mean we can't be clean.
- Just because a person is poor, it is no excuse to be a criminal.
- Just because your friends are jumping out of the window, it doesn't mean that you have to jump out of the window.
- No matter where you are, if you dream it, you can do it.