Comments: Sunday Morning Quarterback

My house was that house. From when I was little, I remember my brother's friends then my sister's then of course mine. My house was safe haven for some that didn't have such nice family life of their own...
Mom fed them all... Even did some laundry here and there. My older clothes were sometimes "leant" to those in need.

One of my neighbors once snootily said to my mother, "how can you have some of those hoodlums in your house? Aren't they a bad influence?"
Mom replied, "I prefer to think my children are a good influence on them." and she walked away.

Every one of those hoodlums said "yes ma'am" and "yes sir" to my parents. Please and thank you may have never passed their lips elsewhere, but it did at my house.

You, lady are amazing for doing that for "your" kids!

Posted by K-nine at February 7, 2011 10:19 PM

I think there is a boy or two that was in my home that I'm starting to worry about. Not worry about THEM, but about what their home life is really like. I don't question. I think you nailed it, Knine. I want my home to be safe for them.

It is interesting, but I have a friend from HS who told me once that he loved coming to my home as a teenager. He said he felt safe and not judged. He loved my parents. He loved the laughter and the stability. It wasn't until we were adults that I learned what was really going on as he was growing up. I'd never asked, he'd never told, I never knew. So he has these GREAT memories of my family and I like that.

On a funnier note, he told me once that he liked the fact that when he came to my house, nobody ever commented on the fact he always wore the same pair of pants. He thought it was so nice that nobody judged. (There were financial issues when he was growing up.) I finally said, "Uhhh,... well... I'd love for you to remember me as this great girl who never said anything about the same pair of pants you wore every day, but in all honesty... seriously? I never noticed..."

That should have been indicative right there as to what profession I would gravitate to! Heh... ;-)

Posted by Bou at February 7, 2011 10:45 PM