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Whatever happened to long summer vacations when children played outside all day, built club houses, made up games and walked to the store? Whatever happened to dinner at the table with no television on and you ate what you were told to eat, not what you liked? Whatever happened to the mourner’s bench where the newly confessed sinners had to sit on the front pew during revival? Remember during altar call when you actually had to kneel at the altar, pray your own prayer, and repent. Nobody complained about how long it took and you didn’t need the deacon or the pastor to pray for you. Whatever happened?

  1. Delante Altemus
    September 28, 2010 at 12:47 PM


    Life is what usually derails alot of what we experienced as children in today’s children’s lives. Most children nowadays have more maturity than their parents. I just think more folks need to care about the next person and their kids. Because, yes, everyone’s actions affect everyone in this world.


    • September 28, 2010 at 1:02 PM

      Hey Delante! Children have to be mature because they are exposed to so much more than we were. Life’s complications are part of their everyday lives. I know I was sheltered from lots of things because my parents wanted to “keep me a kid” as long as possible. True, if we thought about more than ourselves the world would be better but completely reversing the times is going to be hard. It’s almost like things have gotten too bad to turn back.

      • Delante Altemus
        September 29, 2010 at 2:32 PM

        Hey Kimeko,

        Yes, I was sheltered as well as a child. When I moved to MD from Ashland, VA, I was in a serious culture shock. LOL! Anyway, though things may seem like there are worse for our children, I do think that God has it under control.


      • September 29, 2010 at 2:50 PM

        True, we do have to remember that God knows the turnout of all things long before we do.

  2. FaSano
    September 28, 2010 at 12:51 PM

    What happened to praying in schools? Saying grace at lunch? I remember when we would say prayer in the morning at the flag pole before the bell rang, and saying grace in the classroom before we ate lunch. Now its all about Facebook, reality TV, video games, and the latest mp3 gadget. Also, parents need to pay attention to the example they set as well. Because children emulate what they see their parents do!

    • September 28, 2010 at 1:09 PM

      Thanks for chimming in Fasano! It seems like all the things we took out of school because it might offend someone has set the tone for for the current shape of America. We’re living in a generation of me phi me’s and very little we phi we’s! We value big money makers over community servants, ball players over scientists and celebrities over parents. True, most people don’t attend parenting classes so you do what you know, myself included. If you had a crappy parent then the odds of you being a good parent aren’t in your favor.

      • Delante Altemus
        September 29, 2010 at 2:45 PM

        I so agree with you on that! People value the wrong thing nowadays! it is great to make money but you need to have some values to go along with that money!


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