Believe It Or Not, Having Strict Parents Is Actually Not The Worst

Believe It Or Not, Having Strict Parents Is Actually Not The Worst


When you're the child of very strict parents, you've most likely been subjected to multiple types of instruction and discipline. Whether you were told to take out the trash, go pick up the groceries (or your sister from school), or to do well in class, your parent will always be on your case in just about every facet of your natural born life.

Yes, even into marriage and beyond they'll still tell you to wash your hands and tie your shoes (there's no escape). So if you've ever been in a scenario that requires some instruction, it might go along the lines of this...

"Make sure I don’t see that C on your report card when you come home mister; Where’s your sister, it’s 4 o’clock and she isn’t home; Stop farming the fool."

"Make sure you put the garbage and recycling in the shed; Why don’t we have any trash cans to begin with; Are you doing your homework."

"GET…. OFF…. THE PHONE; Stop farming the fool; I’ll pick you up from soccer."

"I’ll pick you up from theatre rehearsal; I’ll pick you up from marching band; I’ll pick you up from robotics."

"Make sure you eat something because you know damn well you won’t be home until nine o’clock; Idiot…..; Didn’t I tell you to take the garbage into the shed the first time, don’t let me have to tell you again; Don’t forget to email him/her about that internship offer."

"Dominic, make sure you call to see what Ph.D. programs they offer; Dougie, get those things out your ears, you’ll go deaf; Mom, I have drummers as friends, it could be worse."

"Why aren’t you asleep; what’s sleep; Did you eat today; yes; Did you REALLY eat today; well now that you mentioned it….; You should be focusing on that essay instead of playing video games; Hold on, let me get this goal real quick with Neymar."

"I don’t understand how any of this your typing is true; mom trust me, I know what I’m doing with this; Make sure you spend your money wisely; Don’t forget to eat breakfast.. ever."

"Make sure you have everything with you before you take the bus 'cause you won’t turn back after you get on; Don’t forget to shower; Did you wash your face."

"Did you wash your legs: In between your armpits; Let me smell you; You lied, get back in there; Mom this is the third time, seriously; Don’t even step foot out of that house without putting on deodorant."

"Does the printer have ink, if it doesn’t let me know; You kids and Facebook really baffle me; Why didn’t you answer my text; My phone slowly accepted its death."

"Give the same respect to the mailman as you do the President of the United States; Make sure that when you go for that career, you end up loving it; What if I can’t survive with it; Choose to work happy or choose to work miserable, that is your choice."

Yeah, you see what I'm talking about? I can assure you, however, that these simple tasks have made me into the disciplined and kind man (stressful times indeed *sigh*). Hopefully, you've been positively affected by the "strict parent life" as well as I have.

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You'll always be my puppy.


Dear Lexie,

I grew up with you, and then I watched you grow old. For 14 years you loved our family and greeted us each morning with your puppy smile. I'll never forget those first few years of life with you.

As you and your playful soul grew, so did my love for you. I have memory upon memory of you romping around on the carpet in our living room, eagerly seeking to engage us in a playful endeavor. Your tail would wag and your tongue would flop as you ran around in circles sharing your unbridled joy with us all. I'd then find one of your many toys and send it careening through air for you to dash across the living room in a tizzy.

As you continued to grow, so did your excitement and optimism for new feats of playfulness. Even in the sweltering heat of July, you would tear across the backyard in search of lost toys and a space to play. You'd run circles non-stop and I could never keep up with you! But as soon as both of us were tired, a nice swim would cool us both down. I would sit on the pool stairs next to you, both of us drenched after a dip, and just listen to you pant away while you still held your puppy smile. You were satisfied with yet another day filled with laughter, play, and companionship.

Even in your youth, you still had your moments of love and calm. I can remember the days when we would all sit as a family watching TV and you would sit quietly at our feet. Then when the time came, you would come and rest your head on the empty seat next to me and give me those big old puppy dog eyes. You always wanted to sit on the couch, and I always eventually caved. A quick two slaps on the seat and you would enthusiastically jump on to comfortably join me.

And the one thing I'll never forget about you Lexie was your insatiable hunger! Scores of cakes and cookies left on the kitchen counter were lost to you over the years. And even after a day of looting, you'd come to us at the kitchen table to rest your head on my leg to beg for more food (and once more I couldn't resist).

As you got on in age, you began to grow a white beard which stood out on your chocolate fur. You were no longer running around as frequently as you once had, but you still had every desire to play. But the one thing that never disappeared was that beautiful puppy smile. And so as I write this goodbye to you on February 2nd of 2019, I want you to know that we all love and miss you. You were a beacon of hope for our family, and you never let your ailments dampen your wonderful spirit. I'll never forget you or the times we had. I know now that you can finally steal all the cookies and cakes you want! While today might have been sad, I will forever remember all the joy you brought to us. Here's to you Lexie, my best friend of 14 years. I hope one day I can see your puppy smile once more.



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