I dated much older men when I was in high school because they guys my age were too immature. There wasn't much prospect of going to college back in the late 60's unless your family had money...so you're right when you say that most girls were searching for mature, established men. I knew several young women who married with their parent's blessings at age 14.
With that said...our culture has definitely changed. I was very mature and expected to be responsible at 12 when I began baby-sitting. I got my first full-time job at 15 and most of the guys I knew worked construction, baled hay or worked in their Dad's offices during summer breaks. Nowadays, I wouldn't trust most 25yr olds to babysit my pet turtle. smh
One thing that has been left out of the discussion is how dating...or courting has changed in the last 40 years.
I agree. 25 years ago, in the back woods of East Texas... I was amazed at how common it was for 14 yr old girls to be married to much older men. Their parents would sign a consent and the deal was done.
A fool who has compassion for the individual person. I'm not about socialism...but if I'm hired to do a job, I do it to the best of my ability....without judging the individual. Part of my job is to teach that patient to make better choices...not police or condemn them.
With that said, I know your frustration first hand. I've been there....and lived it. It's not fun. Place your anger where it belongs....on the bureaucrats who created that messed up healthcare system...
I’m a nurse as well. My job is to give excellent care regardless of that patient’s financial status..lifestyle choices or physical impairments. No one I know is a “perfect specimen of health”. Be careful...for one day they may deem you too old, too poor and not productive enough in society to deserve their time and attention.
And knee replacement surgery will not allow her to take up jogging.
Maybe not...but since we don't know the details specifically...it's hard to stand in judgment.
Is it your view that anyone who has problems which may have been previously self-inflicted are now irredeemable and shouldn't have any procedure which would make their life more bearable or productive?
Maybe it was because I was a photolab manager at an Eckerds in Plano?
Maybe. Most of them were dumped in the downtown area and the ones in Plano probably had relatives there. If I had any rose-colored glasses on at that point....they were savagely ripped off. I don't like or want to be cynical...I'd like to believe the best in people and have compassion....but I couldn't just keep my eyes/ears shut. It was very disheartening....especially when I kept hearing "I'll never do THAT again" .. from the volunteers.
I worked at a major hospital in downtown Dallas when the Katrina refugees hit town. It was not pretty. They were given food, shelter and amenities they would not have otherwise had. We were constantly running them out of the hospital because they would steal from the refrigerators, poop on the sidewalks and panhandle incessantly. Most were rude to the volunteers who tried to assist them upon arrival...throwing tantrums and wanting to dictate what donated food they should eat. (instead of Jason’s Deli... they preferred McD’s or Dominos) Lots of volunteers I talked to... quit in disgust. Good grief. I wish I’d met some of the ones you spoke of. And no... they weren’t all black.