My adult daughter and I were watching the city destroy the long abandoned house across the street. The Barangay Official had just explained to me that they were demolishing it because it had been used as a drug lab.
He then turn to my daughter and asked, “Why didn’t you have a drug problem when you were growing up?”
She replied, “Actually, I had a huge drug problem when I was a kid: I was drug to church on Sunday morning, Sunday night and drug to church again on Wednesday night also! I was drug to church for weddings and funerals. I was even drug to church for vacation ‘Camp Meetings’ – church in a tent! I was drug to family reunions and community socials no matter the weather.
“I was drug by my ears when I was disrespectful to adults. I was also drug to the goat barn with a paddle when I told a lie, disobeyed my parents, brought home a bad report card, spoke ill of the preacher or a teacher, did not speak with respect, or if I didn’t put forth my best effort in everything that was asked of me.
“I was drug to the kitchen sink to have my mouth washed out with soap if I uttered a profanity, or even a mild curse word like “Darn!” They drug me to a school run by Bible believers, and drug me to home Bible studies too!
“I was drug out to pull weeds in mom’s garden and flower beds and drug to help dad trim up the landscaping or clean up the yard..
“I was drug to the homes of family, friends and neighbors, to help out some down-on-his-luck soul, who had no one to cut the grass, fix the clothesline, or chop some cooking firewood; and, if my mother had ever known that I took a single coin as a tip for this kindness, she would have drug me back to the goat barn with paddle in hand!
“That kind of drug is still in my veins, my mind, my memories and they affect my behavior in everything I do, say, or think. They are stronger than cocaine, crack, or heroin; and, if today’s children had this kind of drug problem, the Whole World would be a better place!”
~ Guest Post Edited by Lan Tait ~
An old drug is the solution to the new drug problem!