MIAGD: Reflections

MIAGD: make it a great day

I love looking at band instruments because sometimes you see spectacular, very interesting reflections.

Growing up, I seldom heard my mother reminded me to choose good friends. 

First of all, I attended Washington elementary school in Elwood Indiana. You could not find a better group of students and teachers in the entire world. 

Mother always said that when we went to junior high school, where we would be intermingled with the other two, much larger elementary schools from our hometown, she never was all that worried about our choices and friends. 

The past several years, I’ve watched a group of people related to one particular  organization, become a blemish rather than a boost. Sadly, what used to be a neat group of adults has turned into a group with deviant intentions, oft resembling bullies.

Sadly, there are a number of adults who do not wish to participate simply because they do not wish to be labeled as “one of them.”

I’ve seen this a number of times throughout the years: not-so-good charismatic people magnetizing others as a recruitment lure.  Everyone wants to hang out with the cool kids. However, sometimes we sadly discover the cool kids are not so cool, and even cruel. 

Unlike my mother, I did have to keep a close eye on the friends and acquaintances of my adopted sons. They had not been blessed with an early life of growing a firm foundation such as the one I knew. Therefore, we often had to discuss some of their choices with friends.  But, don’t get me wrong: they did acquire some really outstanding friends. I just had to constantly monitor.

It was difficult to get them to understand that even hanging around at lunch with someone holding a questionable reputation could reflect on them.

And, they could also reflect on others. 

My one son had a questionable dating reputation. His senior year, he fell madly in love with the girl down the street. However, her parents pleaded with me to help avoid the labeling and tarnishing of their daughter’s reputation because of her association with him.

Be wise in choosing your friends. There’s always the reflection.

While you are reflecting beauty, positivity, energy, and love, don’t forget to make it a great day, Folks!

About Wright Flyer Guy

Darin is a single adoptive father, a teacher, playwright, and musical theatre director from Kettering, Ohio.
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