As a student school bus driver in the mid fifty’s my instructor, P.C. Evans, taught me to “Stop” at all railroad crossings and observe the displayed words “Stop, Look, and Listen”. These instructions were necessary for they saved lives and they will also benefit us parents today if we apply them to the hefty responsibility we face in raising our children.
I recently attended my 50th Hartsville High School class reunion with my wife and our daughter, Axia, who will be a senior this year. It’s no surprise that I find myself reminiscing back to my teens. Those were important years and foremost in my mind is the important role that my parents and school teachers played in my personal development.
Television was scarce in the fifty’s and it was considered a privilege to have a telephone to use. This shortage of technology served to force us students to improvise and to be more creative. There were no fast food franchises’ in those days. We gathered at car-hop places like the Rainbow, Ruth’s Drive-in and the “Pig”…yes the Dixie Pig where we could enjoy a burger and a shake with our friends and for a nickel more there was Fats Domino on the juke box. We lived life at a slower pace then and as I look back, I see the quality this added to all our lives.
This leads us to the “Stop” portion of our article as we journey back to the days when our teachers paid a lot of attention to classroom behavior. My elementary school years were all spent at the Bethel Schoolhouse on Bethel road where our principal, Mrs. Hawkins, paid a lot of attention to her students. She possessed a leather strap that hung in the teacher’s cloakroom and when necessary she used it to maintain classroom order. Her disciplinary measures worked very well as we students discovered that we were loved just as much at school as we were at home. Her use of discipline was perceived by us as love and I assure you…there was nothing wrong with our perception.
At home my mom would often “Stop” and talk to me as she always seemed to know when I needed her attention. I remember most of those talks for they had the tendency of nipping things in the bud; mom never allowed my problems to fester.
Children would benefit today if we introduced them to a slow down, a slow down that would lead to less internet, less television and more quality time with their parents. This kind of action might be just what the doctor ordered; it would serve the dual purpose of injecting quality time into their lives while preparing them for the high tech world of tomorrow.
Our Heavenly Father also wants us to “Stop” for a moment and allow ourselves time to discover the benefits of patience. We should also “Stop” to include the comfort that God’s Word brings into our lives; Romans 15:4 KJV is where scripture brings this to our attention:
For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through