Wanted to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas. Hope the readers of Container Diaries have a great day.
Here’s one of my many Christmas memories from back in the day.
I was 6 years-old. It was a little after 7:00 AM. Everyone in my family was sleeping.
Santa Claus brought me a Voit basketball. I reached down and pulled it from under our tree. Ripping the ball out of the box, I started dribbling in our apartment and mom woke up screaming at me.
“GO TO THE F-ING SCHOOLYARD!”
I did as I was told.
Got dressed, walked across 9th avenue, down Windsor Place, hanging a right on Howard Place.
Straight to the yard.
I had the yard to myself. It was empty. People walking to church were looking at me like I was crazy.
Been in love with the sport ever since.
I once read a quote from a sportswriter whose name escapes me now, “Frustration leads to anger; anger to violence. Don’t get frustrated.”
For some, frustration can be difficult to overcome. But I am sorry, there are two things in life men should not do no matter how they feel.
Men should not hit women and they should not hit children out of anger or for discipline reasons.
A couple of years ago a friend told me I was being too preachy here on Container Diaries.
Well if I’m sounding “preachy” today, I am sorry.
In the NFL there has been a few stories about domestic abuse. I am sure you have heard. (If not just Google Ray Rice, Greg Hardy and Adrian Peterson) but how can you not? It’s been all over the news.
Now, I am sure your parents back in the day did things their way and if you are a parent, you discipline your kids your way. (I often ask friends the difference in how you were raised and how you raise your own kids?)
I have a 15 year-old daughter and have been married for twenty-years. Not once have I ever thought of striking the two most important people in my life. I experienced this criminal behavior in my own home growing up – I learned from it despite what studies show. That someone who sees abuse as a child will be an abuser. That’s crap!
Have my wife and argued?
We’ve even raised our voices, of course, who doesn’t?
My daughter and I disagree on things too, she’s a teen! But hitting them? I don’t think so.
I totally understand things were different in the 1950’s, 1960’s, 1970’s and the 1980’s. This is 2014 people, to a man, you don’t put a finger on a child or a woman, I am sorry.
Only a coward hits a child.
A man doesn’t strike the woman that he supposedly loves.
Don’t get frustrated. It may lead to anger…