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Re: RE: grandkids/societal whiners

Bonnie dear, you are EXACTLY right!  Good for you.  

Pam Evans
Kemp, TX
zone 8A
----- Original Message -----
From: Bonnie & Bill Morgan
Sent: 3/28/2004 2:45:04 PM
To: gardenchat@hort.net
Subject: RE: [CHAT]  grandkids/societal whiners

> When  our girls were teens, many of their peers had parents who bought them
> outrageously expensive cars.  A couple of kids even had hummers.  
> The girls thought Bill and I were soooo uncool, when we told them they had
> to work and earn the money for their first vehicle AND the insurance to go
> with it!  The older one went from junker to junker, but the younger one
> saved and scrimped until she had a large enough down payment to go buy a new
> car with a good warranty.  Then she plunked every penny she had into paying
> it off in 1 year!  Now she's saving up for her first home.  
> Though all kids are different, I don't think any of them will fully
> appreciate and care for anything in which they haven't had sweat equity.  Of
> course, that's my personal opinion.  
> Blessings,
> Bonnie (SW OH - zone 5)
> Who took the day off to play in the dirt Saturday and really enjoyed it!
> (Did I ever need natures therapies!)
> -----Original Message-----
> From: owner-gardenchat@hort.net [mailto:owner-gardenchat@hort.net] On Behalf
> Of Marge Talt
> Sent: Thursday, March 25, 2004 3:43 AM
> To: gardenchat@hort.net
> Subject: Re: [CHAT] grandkids/societal whiners
> > From: james singer <jsinger@igc.org>
> > I have similar misgivings, Marge. But I've always thought it was 
> > because I grew up in the Great Depression, when the primary
> instruction 
> > was "make do" not "buy now."
> ----------
> Seems like 'Buy Now' is today's mantra for everyone.  You never hear
> anything about 'making do' plus everything you buy today has a
> built-in obsolescence and is about impossible to get fixed.  If it
> could be fixed, there's nobody who knows how to do it or if there is,
> it costs more to fix than buy new.  I guess that's what makes the
> economy go 'round, but is sure is wasteful of all resources except
> landfill.
> But, I have to agree with Melody.  If you give kids everything they
> want as a matter of course, they have no concept of making do and
> feel that they should have what they want by right.  Unless they
> inherit vast sums or manage to snag a super job, most of the poor
> little dears are going to have a large shock when they start having
> to support themselves!
> Marge Talt, zone 7 Maryland
> mtalt@hort.net
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