posted on 04/30/2006 3:47:12 PM PDT
Society never quite lived up to the old-fashioned values that we tend to hear about. But at least people aspired to hav lives of stable marriages, well-behaved children, nice houses, in nice neighborhoods, with Dad at work, and Mom keeping an eye on the kids as they play outside.
It seems like that kind of life, while it may not have been killed by the sexual revolution and change in social values that occured after the 1950's, certainly disappeared as a cultural value and norm.
And yet, even damaged young people, from sordid backgrounds, can look around themselves and say, "Wouldn't it be nice if we lived that way ..."
Who killed the dream?
posted on 04/30/2006 3:59:20 PM PDT
(Never question Bruce Dickinson!)
She had to stop working.
The obvious choice, of course.
posted on 04/30/2006 4:11:11 PM PDT
(I think the border is kind of an artificial barrier - San Antonio councilwoman Patti Radle)
The young woman had been thrown out of her mothers household not long before the assault on her relative. She had caught her latest boyfriend, 20 years old, in bed with her 38-year-old mother. The day I saw her to prepare my report, her mother had given birth to her half-sister by her former boyfriend. This boyfrienddrunken, possessive, jealous, and violenthad not wanted her or her other half-sister around, and had insisted that her mother chuck them out, which she did to preserve her relationship.
All of this should be followed by a hearty NOT THAT THERE'S ANYTHING WRONG WITH THAT!
posted on 04/30/2006 5:18:32 PM PDT
I asked the young woman what her ambition was, what she wanted in life.
A husband, she said, children, a nice house, and a job.
Well good luck with that.
posted on 04/30/2006 5:43:09 PM PDT
(The problem with bad ideas is that they seemed like good ideas at the time.)
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