Hubby and I went to Lake Tahoe today. It is an enormous and beautiful lake.
Hubby was yapping at me about how I wasn't using the camera right while taking this pic as we were moving. Can you see the paddle boat?
I told him to pull in at this Psychic place so I could ask her why I ever married him.
We stopped at a small cove and some Canadian Geese were there. I loved seeing this mother with her children.
On Crystal's A Pistol's blog, we were discussing why some children are bullies. While watching the geese I noticed a boy around 11 years old taunting the mother goose and goslings. When he was in the water he held out his hand as if he had food for them. The goose and goslings swam up to him; he would then splash water all over them. He did this a few times. Then the boy went up onto the beach and offered his hand. The geese came up to him again and he threw sand on them and then a Frisbee. All this time the adults in this boy's family were standing around watching doing nothing. NOTHING!
This boy is learning it is okay to bully someone weaker than him. He is learning not to respect animals. He is learning it is okay to be mean. I do not blame the boy. Children learn respect and love from their parents and family members. I blame his parents. In my family, if a child had done this, he would have been reprimanded and lectured on love and kindness.
I did see two acts of respect and kindness from children this week at the hotel. I was headed for the monorail to go back to my room when a bunch of teens came along. The boys all went in the shuttle, but the girls hung back. One of them was crying and said she was too afraid to go on the shuttle. A boy popped his head out the door and asked what was going on.
"Kelsey's too afraid to get on," a girl explained.
"Well, let's walk then," the boy said. He turned to the other boys and said, "Kelsey's afraid, c'mon let's go." None of then said they were upset, none of them groaned in disgust; they just smiled and left the shuttle. I admired these boys. They weren't impatient or judgemental.
Yesterday, when my husband and I were waiting for the elevator, a boy around 10 was also waiting. When the door opened, he looked at us and smiled, bowed and swept his arm to tell us to go ahead of him. I thought this showed good manners. I'm sure he didn't learn this all by himself. His parents taught him well.