Ever had a day where an opinion of yours becomes burned into you as a core value?
Today was that day for me and Millennial kids.
The snow has been barreling down on poor ol’ Niagara for days now. On my parent’s property alone we have half a dozen mounds chest high of shoveled snow. On the lawn, its at least knee deep. This morning the plows went by at least four times to clear the ever falling flakes..
I started shoveling around 7:30. My dad came out to help about 15 minutes later. With nothing but our muscles and plastic shovels, we dug. We even helped out a neighbor who decided that driving her car through the snow was a good idea. More muscle got her car out. By 8:30 we drove to my grandparents’ place and dug them out from 3 days worth of snowfall. They now have a large snow wall to protect them from any barbarian hordes that attempt to cross their driveway. At 9:30, my father, my grandparents and I went out for breakfast.
Driving by over 100 houses to get from house to house to breakfast, I saw ONE kid in all that time clearing out a driveway and he was using a snow blower. Everywhere else it was adults. Adults from households where I know they have a kid of an age where they should be out there. I don’t live in an elderly neighborhood. There are enough kids in my area to fill a school.
I’m 27 years old. Where the fuck is your little bastard? I don’t care if he’s got homework, friends, video games or he’s a cripple. Get his (or her) ass out into the cold and make them shovel. Shovel. Not snow blow so all they have to do is push a self propelled machine. Fuck up their backs. Get those weak arms to do something. I don’t care what time it is. I don’t care how much they whine. I don’t care if its the weekend. I don’t care if your ex will give you an earful for putting the hellspawn to work. Give the fucker some gloves, a stern stare and don’t let him in until its done.
I’m an 90s kid and that how it was for me. I was shoveling, alone, at 10 when my dad was off on business. Even until I moved away at 21, the women didn’t lift a finger if I was around. I hated it, but I did it. And today, adult size, I do it because it needs to be done. I may bitch for fun, but I don’t mind it. Its a great workout.
Fuck your kids feelings and fuck yours. Buck up and go do some man things, you fucking pussies.