Teachings of my Mother; If you Play you Gotta Pay

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I had the best parents anyone could wish for. Everyone who ever met them always said they were the nicest people they knew.

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They were funny, laid back and unassuming, they took the hard life they had in stride and never complained. My mom finished school after the eighth grade,  there wasn’t a nearby school for her to attend high school and my dad finished school after his sophomore year and went to work. It was the depression and money was needed to buy food. He started driving a school bus when he was fourteen after grandpa went to Indianapolis to seek employment.

Despite their lack of education, they all displayed more common sense and knowledge than most Harvard graduates do today.

In spite of this they had, what I could call a dark side:).

Like most in their day, they were old school in their thinking and how they raised their kids. There was a code of conduct we had to follow and it wasn’t open for discussion. We were allowed to think on our own and make our own decisions, but if our decisions didn’t conform to their way of thinking, we were the one’s who needed to have an attitude adjustment.

There was no back talking, arguing, or negotiations. They would listen to our side of the story, but they had the final say as to what would take place.

They were masters at time-worn cliches and repeated them whenever they wanted to make a point. It would be said in such a way there would be no argument.

One of her favorite quotes was,”If you play, you gotta pay.” 

Not only did my mother say it, practically every adult I knew said it also. Whenever some young whippersnapper did something really stupid, here was that quote rearing it’s ugly head.

It was so true, many today would call it karma. We are free to make our own decisions and mistakes, but we are also free to deal with the actions that result from the decisions we make. We are responsible, no one else. 

After all is said and done, we alone are responsible for the stupid things we do, it is useless and time wasting to blame someone else for the things we ourselves mess up.

The author has been a writer/photographer for over thirty years. Specializing in nature and landscape photography, as well as studying native cultures.

His travels have taken him to most of the United States, as well as Australia, Belize, Egypt and the Canary Islands.

He has studied the Mayan culture of Central America as well as the aborigines of Australia. Photography has given him the opportunity to observe life in various parts of the world.

He has published several books about his adventures.

For more information, please consult his website,www.journeysthrulife.com.

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There is an extreme shortage of common sense in today’s world, When looking back in history, I soon discovered this has always been a problem, Benjamin Franklin once said, ”Of all the senses, common sense seems to be the one that is used the least.” As obvious as it may seem, many seem to be totally oblivious to it. Most, if not all of the problems the world faces today could be solved if people would just sit back and think about what would seem to be the most obvious and simple solution to any issue. Often times people tend to overcomplicate the issues. I often think back to what my parents and grandparents believed and said, at the time I thought they were totally out of their mind and ignored it. I now wish I would have listened and followed their advice. It is now evident they were a lot smarter than we gave them credit for. Many times, in today’s world, the schools and universities can no longer be counted on to teach truth and values that will guide someone through life.


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