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Degrees of parent appreciation change with age

Posted: Wednesday, October 10, 2001

We've all been there. Strict rules you don't want to follow, drawn out arguments for days and everlasting punishment, usually followed by immediate remorse. So goes life with the parental units.

The argument all starts over something Mom and Pop feel strongly about and you don't, or the other way around. You yearn for that freedom and just simple trust to go out with some friends.

But it's usually the same response: "It's not you I'm worried about, it's all the other drivers."

You try to convince them you're careful, with a spotless record. Soon the argument builds into a dangerous cycle spinning around and round.

Then come the consequences; that's the worst part. I've heard all the stories, from being grounded for months at a time, limited driving privileges, them taking your car away or having to give up your favorite after-school activity.

Whatever the reason, there seems to be some conflict with the parents at one point or another throughout one's life in high school.

It all begins with the day you were born. No matter how much you cried or whined, they were there in the wee hours of the night to feed you and bring comfort.

On your second birthday you suddenly headed into the stage of rampaging through the house, claiming everything to be yours and only yours, but you always came running back to sit on Mommy's lap.

In junior high, perhaps Dad was there to give you that pep talk and provide some tips on relationships. When your crush of two years broke your heart, Mom was there with open arms and support.

Then one day, right around the teen-age years, you decided you didn't need Dad to come to the game, even though he practiced with you every night out in the driveway for hours at a time in the rain, making sure you knew that fake left, jump shot move.

When it came time for prom, guess who was there to order the boutonniere, alter the dress five times before you were satisfied and fix your fallen out hair, just minutes before your date arrived?

Maybe you're going through a challenging time right now at home and things aren't going as smooth as you'd like. Maybe your relationships are completely solid and couldn't be better.

Wherever you stand, I encourage you to take a moment and appreciate each of your parents and the sacrifices and commitment they have given for you. Each moment in your life, they've put every ounce of time, energy and dollar into your safety and happiness.

No matter how tough the times get, Mom and Dad have been there to provide you with a solid foundation, preparing you to one day set out and build your own life -- a life beyond their control.

Shamra Bauder is a senior at Kenai Central High School who has worked as an intern at the Peninsula Clarion.



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