Recently we had visitors of our favorite kind—children and grandchildren. It was too short but a lovely time. Since then, I’ve reflected on some of our conversations. I’m musing about childhood myths.
Over the years, I’ve heard remarks that are clearly, to me, myths. My children may differ in opinion.
I’ve heard remarks like—
- You made me eat a whole plate of (insert least favorite food here).
- You never let me (insert go to a concert, go to the beach, watch favorite program, stay out late, etc.).
- You don’t like my friends.
- I always had to do chores.
- You always yell at me.
- You guys are so square! (actually, this one is true)
- You’re ruining my life!
“Always” and “never” are often a part of the statement.
I’m wondering now—what myths did I throw at my parents? I think at least some were the same. I’m also wondering—do our children hear the same myths, or will they?