Welcome to My World!  

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One day while Ian and I were trading remarks back and forth via email, I made the comment "Welcome to My World!" He immediately replied and told me that would be a great title for a post. He even gave me some really solid ideas on what to post about. So I think that today is fitting for a glimpse into My World!

My world basically revolves around my family....My boys are constantly doing or saying something that keeps me thinking, or blushing, or pulling my hair out. I understand that it's their job to put dad into an early grave, and I have to say that normally they do a pretty good job. Now usually it's my two younger boys that come up with the questions that make you go Hmmm? (remember Arsenio?) Not today though. Today it was my 17 year old.

He and I had a discussion about this new federal law that will allow same sex couples to have the same benefits as hetero couples. It's all a crock though. It is really the federal government saying that if you are unmarried and together you can have the benefits of a married couple because they extended those same benefits to unmarried straight couples too. That's not the point of the story though.

I asked my son what he thought about it. He explained to me that he doesn't see why anybody would need to get married anymore. I felt that this was a prime opportunity for me to impart some fatherly advice on my oldest. So I asked if he thought marriage was just to get benefits. "Of course not" he said. "It's also for tax purposes." Jaw dropped. I asked him if it had anything to do with love or God? "I guess so for some people, but most people just want the perks dad." My first reaction was to tell him how wrong he was. My second reaction was to think about it before telling him how wrong he was. It forced me to take a good hard look at my own marriage. I have always believed I am in love with my wife. Not for a second did I get married to get a tax break, or better benefits. I had to be fair though and look at my relationship objectively. So I asked oldest son if he thought that was why I got married? "Don't be dumb." (aren't kids great when they are being honest?) He proceeded to tell me that he didn't know why I ever married his mom, but he was sure that's not why I married his step mom. So after controlling my laughter I pressed on.

We went through the list. My parents, his aunts, his other grandparents, even my in-laws. He told me no at every turn. That was about the time the lights clicked on for him I think. He hadn't made the remark personal enough when he made it, but after he looked at his family he realized that maybe there are some people that get married for the "right" reasons. I was pretty proud of myself and gave a mental pat on the back for my ability to guide this young mind in the right direction.

As he was getting ready to leave, I asked him if he would ever consider marrying for anything but love. As he walked out the door he told me "No way." Then about ten steps later as he was rounding the flowerbed to head to the street he turned around and said, "Well maybe if she's rich." I took the mental pat back and just shook my head. Welcome to my world........

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10 comments

My kids (grown) have made some pretty astounding remarks along these same lines! I can't help shaking my head and wondering where I went wrong. (they have opinions for that, too)

June 5, 2010 at 2:19 AM

Ms. Anthropy...that would mean i have more to look forward to as they progress into adulthood *groan*

June 5, 2010 at 2:59 AM

This is tough...and I only have ONE kid to worry about. She is only 13, and so far her morals seem good, but you know, all you can do is set a good example for them, explain things as best you can, and then pray.
If you have done the best job you can, you can do no more.
Like you, I didn't get married for any other reasons except love.

June 5, 2010 at 9:19 AM

That is what my boys tell me sometimes when I'm giving them the one, two, three about marriage. "Hey dad, you can marry more in a minute than you can earn in a lifetime." I have to admit, that's a temptation...hehe

June 5, 2010 at 9:37 PM

Kids say the darnedest things don't they! LOL. I still say you get the mental pat on the back.

June 6, 2010 at 9:53 AM

Hahaha oh wow, that kid of yours is hilarious! Love the last remark ;) I kid my parents a lot by telling them things I don't believe in, sometimes, just to see their reaction..it's mean..:P

June 6, 2010 at 10:33 AM

Wow... I never thought about marriage in those terms. Kids these days... Glad he figured it out in the end.

June 6, 2010 at 4:19 PM

Love this post! Kiddo is awesome!

June 6, 2010 at 9:01 PM

that was a great post. We want out kids to have minds of their own, but we don't always see eye to eye with comes out of those minds...

June 8, 2010 at 11:17 AM

My wonderful son has taken the opportunity a couple of times to tell me that he is keeping his eye out for the rich woman now....He has promised me a nice house and car when the money starts to flow...so i guess it's all good :)

June 8, 2010 at 10:14 PM

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