A recent tweet from Poserli.me (http://poserli.me/scwxr-16-disturbing-facts-about-the-kids-today?SkyId=8131) had us at THE WLKG ROLODX scratching our heads and asking the same question.
From texting while driving (sadly not limited to just kids is it) to taking selfies in the most inappropriate places, it's safe to say that kids today have either lost their minds or have no minds at all!
Now don't get us wrong - there are some really smart, productive sassy kids out there who do have common sense and who use it - we're proud of them. These are not the kids that we're referring to in this entry. We're talking about the ones who...
1) Sit next to each other and text instead of talking
2) Put in and everything on all of their social media sites - and they have plenty
3) Can't spell because they always use abbreviations when texting
4) Take selfies with tilted heads and puckered mouths (mostly girls)
5) Have no sense of the past at all - and we're talking 5 years ago - and don't want to
6) Would not know how to function if their cells, laptops or i-anything went out
We know that kids are not the only ones committing these faux pas, many adults are, too. Just look at how actress Patti LuPone had to take a theatergoer's cell phone during one of her recent performances. Rudeness rules. Insensitivity is in. Stupidity sends a shout out.
We all know the problems, the question is what's the solution? Better parental training? Specialized classes in schools? What?
Some of our lifestyle coaches at THE WLKG ROLODX have suggested that we start with awareness - by showing the kids why their behavior isn't suitable. The next step is showing them alternatives to the negative behavior.
I recently read an article on Ann Lowe (1898-1981), the African American designer who created the acclaimed and much talked about wedding dress that Jacqueline Bouvier wore when she married John F. Kennedy (to this day, the dress is mentioned on every "most beautiful wedding dress list" featured in the media).
Sadly, to this this day, few people have even heard of Ann Lowe and her major contribution as a designer (many of her clients included celebrities and some of the world's wealthiest women), business woman (she owned Ann Lowe Originals on Madison Avenue in New York City) and, although not credited, civil rights trailblazer. Her quote that the passion behind her work was "to prove that a Negro can become a major dress designer"* says it all.
Reviewing Ms. Lowe's many accomplishments brings to mind the quote, "Don't worry when you are not recognized, but strive to be worthy of recognition."** It would seem that Ms. Lowe knew this quote and took it to heart.
In celebration of Black History Month, we salute Ann Lowe along with each and every creative hero and heroine (regardless of race, color or creed) who did not receive the recognition he or she deserved during their lifetime.
More importantly, let's start - especially where young people are involved - giving deserved praise, encouragement and acknowledgement to those worthy in the here and now.
If you have something to say, say it now; if you have something to give, give it now; if you have something to do, do it now; before it's too late for he/she already found the courage of hearing it from someone else. - Unknown