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YUH GAWH BE KIDDIN’: Youth lacking manners

TONI-ANN JOHNSON,

Added 02 December 2016

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NOW THIS MAY NOT BE FUNNY but it must be said. There are few things that manage to upset me deeply: pizza without pineapples, a lopsided painting and Trump as president.

But the one thing that really erks me to my core is unmannerly children. A mannerly child is a blessing to its parents and to itself; it sets the tone for the rest of their lives.

Growing up I had certain expectations of my mother, she was to clothe me, feed me and give me shelter in addition to financial support.

However, she also had certain expectations of me, I had to be respectful, speak when spoken to when at adult events and I had to follow the rules. But yuh see some of the children today? Man look, I swear dem had some kinda foolish juice ’cause that is the only explanation for their behavior.

Lemme share my recent experience. Long story short, I got out of my seat to only to return and find two young children in the chair. Now one would think that they would get up once the adults returned right? Wrong.

One of them said “wuh get up wuh?” That time the young lady’s face was as sour as young fat-pork or cashew fruit. So what was left to do but sit down on them? I right or I right? Then they went on to boast about how da show dem is, de unmannerly behaviour in dem blood.

I ain’t got to tell you that my blood start to boil. But I had was to keep my cool cause they were not in my care and I did not know them from Adam. All I could do was sit in awe and look at how things have changed. Fifty years of Independence and we move from standpipes to watertanks, vibrant and promising youth to adults in15-year-old bodies.

You feel that in my young age I could’ve dared to place myself in an adult gathering where adult conversation was going on and then refuse to get up and give the seat back to the adults? I would be a cripple to this day. Not to mention responding in a rude and distasteful manner while using Bajan dialect insteadof standard English. I would have had a permanent lisp. If you doubt me ask me.

This is not about administering corporal punishment but rather the lack of discipline in today’s youth. Children have rights yes, but when we allow them to do as they please we are doing them an even greater injustice. Happy Independence.

Toni Johnson is an actress versed in the area of comedy. Email: toniann.johnson@gmail.com

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