Posts Tagged ‘responsibility’

Childhood V – Pets

dead_fish1Pets, pets, and more pets! If there was anything that any little kid would be obsessed about, it would be animals. I mean, who could ignore those cute little things? Remember going to the petting zoo when you were little? There was one right by my house at a farm a couple of blocks away. If there is something that I loved about childhood, it was definitely getting to be around animals. Stroking their nice, soft fur, watching them play around in their pens, there’s no doubt why most little kids wanted to have a pet growing up. Especially because of all of those cartoons with talking animals doing “people things”,  little kids might imagine that maybe an animal would actually play with them– like a human would. After growing up with the Bernstein Bears or reading Corduroy, I actually thought that a bear would be… fun! I felt like I could hug an actual bear, maybe cuddle with one to get me to sleep at night. But it turns out that if you try it might rip your arms off or eat you alive.  I remember our family never managed to get a pet because of family members having allergies. Whenever the chance came up, I would repeatedly ask my parents to get me a dog just like our neighbors, or a hamster, just like the house down the street. At such an early age, of course parents would decline the request because kids aren’t that responsible to feed, walk, and care for an animal. My first pet, and probably everyone else, was a fish. Just a small little sliver of a fish that would swim around in such a tiny glass bowl.  They were so easy to get around! I remember getting it at Walgreen’s for a dollar. Don’t you remember getting them at the carnival? You had to throw that little plastic ball into the hole and the guy would give you this little fish and you had no idea what to do with it. Just like a toy, you would watch it swim around for a while, and the next thing you know, you are completely neglecting the animal. It’s the same cycle over and over again:
Step 1:
Fish holds your attention. You are very attached to the animal, feeding it once a day just like your mommy told you. You keep the bowl adequately clean. This usually lasts one to three days.
Step 2:
Fish holds your attention slightly. You forget to feed it every once in a while. The glass bowl starts to get green and the pebbles on the bottom are slightly discolored. This usually lasts two to four days.
Step 3:
Fish barely holds attention. You completely ignore the fish, feeding it only when you have nothing else to do, so it is basically surviving by eating its own feces (Eww). The glass bowl is completely green, you can not see a thing through the glass. This step usually lasts three to five days.
Step 4:
“Mommy! Look at my fish, he’s sleeping!” “Sorry hun, I think it’s dead”.
How tragic.
Well, at least Mr. Toilet is happy…

clonez_sig

Edited By Mark Savin

Childhood IV – Responsibilities

Job, school, work, homework, friends, making your own plans, following directions; these are all responsibilities one assumes as they grow up. When you’re a little tike, you may have a few responsibilities, such as following the ‘golden rule.’ Or perhaps you have to apologize to someone for stepping on their foot. Adults try to give a couple of responsibilities to start out with in order to shape you up for balancing even more. They hope that these will form you into a more responsible person when you get older. For example, they encourage you to be responsible for your language.

“Remember when you were in kindergarten and the teachers always told you to be polite? They would always to tell you that you should never call anyone in the classroom “weird” or “stupid”. This little lesson, they hoped, would help you grow up profanity free and become a polite adult” (Clonez, 4/11/09).

It really wasn’t a big deal at the time, but as you grow older, you are held a lot more responsible, like contributing to society by having a job or paying attention in school, which means you are obligated to do homework, and if you don’t, that teacher will hold you responsible and punish you with a bad grade.

Personally, I am a quite responsible person. I’m not old enough to have a job yet, but I go to school, I learn, I get outstanding grades, but that’s pretty much the extent of it. I’m very forgetful when it comes to doing things around the house, which makes my mom mad. She punishes me by taking things away, to try to make me more responsible.

There are ways that parents try and use what you love against you to make you more responsible. Although this may sound a little confusing at first, it really is pretty simple. For me, I just love to cook in the house on my own. No matter what dish I may be making, there is always a mess to clean up afterward. Parents try to shape you correctly from the start by using your favorite activities to make you responsible. My parents use to always tell me to clean up after cooking, and that is what I’ve started to do, even without them telling me.

As a 14 year old, I’m also responsible for making friends and coming up with my own plans, which I am not good at, at all. I get really anxious when it comes to making friends, so I don’t have any. I just have five or so really close friends who I do things with. However, most of the time I am just at home. None of my friends feel like doing anything, which leads me to have to make my own fun. I’m bad at that too. If I have no one to talk to, I just turn into a vegetable and watch TV until one of my friends becomes available. Not fun. At all.

Connor

Edited By Mark Savin