Sunday, November 23, 2008

Drug Problem

I didn't write this but I sure appreciate it.

The other day, someone at a store in our town read that a Methamphetamine lab had been found in an old farmhouse in the adjoining county and he asked me a rhetorical question, ''Why didn't we have a drug problem when you and I were growing up?"

I replied: "I had a drug problem when I was young: I was drug to Church on Sunday morning. I was drug to church for weddings and funerals. I was drug to family reunions and community socials no matter the weather.

I was drug by my ears when I was disrespectful to adults. I was also drug to the woodshed when I disobeyed my parents, told a lie, brought home a bad report card, did not speak with respect, spoke ill of the teacher or the preacher, or if I didn't put forth my best effort in everything that was asked of me.

I was drug to the kitchen sink to have my mouth washed out with soap if I uttered a profane four-letter word. I was drug out to pull weeds in mom's garden and flower beds and Cockleburs out of dad's fields. I was drug to the homes of family, friends, and neighbors to help out some poor soul who had no one to mow the yard, repair the clothesline, or chop some firewood; and, if my mother had ever known that I took a single dime as a tip for this kindness, she would have drug me back to the woodshed.

Those drugs are still in my veins; and they affect my behavior in everything I do, say, and think. They are stronger than cocaine, crack, or heroin; and, if today's children had this kind of drug problem, America would be a better place."


~ reprinted without anybody's permission ~

13 comments:

big Jenn said...

I had both kinds of drugs! I had it ALL!Great post. Thanks,jeNN

J-Online said...

makes me wonder!! That's for sure. Thanks! Jen

Scott W said...

LOL JeNN!

Meh. That argument is used by every generation.

Pam said...

Yes, I was drug that way all my life as well.
Still managed to drag my ass out to party.

AlkySeltzer said...

I also "did drugs"--but I told people about that. But I never told anyone (back then) that I did not know where I was, or what I had done for a year or so.

To this day, I can't remember if I worked during certain months of certain years...

Now, I gotta go take yesterday's TEST!

Mary Christine said...

I had both kinds too. But I feel sorry for kids now who think the whole world revolves around them. Terrible way to live...

Lou said...

Dude, you're dating yourself;)

I find myself saying "when I was kid" lately. *Sigh*.

Syd said...

Yeah, I had some of those drugs too. And they appeared to make a believer out of me.

Findon said...

HaHa. very good. I like it. Me Too

A Tampa Realtor said...

Love it! Absolutely awesome!

Zanejabbers said...

I was drug for the same reasons. The soapin mouth did not work long.
But the "drugs" scared the hell out of me. So I just did lolled in the lap of safety - alcohol! HEH HEH.

Bill said...

Rejoice, Brother Dave Gardner!

Todd HellsKitchen said...

hehehe