Football Superstar and I were chatting this morning over coffee.... topic- Respect.
Mmm....where does one find this? Are you able to purchase it online? Does it come wrapped in brown paper and string? Does it come with a guarantee-return it back for full refund?
Respect: A feeling of deep admiration of someone or something. To respect. Given respect.
Oh, yes....I do believe I remember hearing about this.
Respect is something I know that can be earned. To be given. And to be received.
Now.... thinking about this word Respect, makes me think of the moments I sit in my office at school adjacent to the library. I keep the door open for air....no windows will make one climb the walls at times- I hear echos of the what sounds like lions, tigers and bears. Actually it is not at all that....it's human voices throwing out the F-bomb. Yes.... it's the F-Bomb Storm Troopers throwing the toxic shock word through the hallways. On occasion I will hear an adult voice (armed I am sure) throw back a grenade - with words like "stop that".... "excuse me????" ..... "watch that tone young man/lady"!
Yes, my friends we have come to the time of our lives when disrespecting is no longer cheating on a test or hooking out of school on a beautiful sunny day.
It's come to our language. Our American society of "who cares" - "who gives a flying f*$#?"
I respect Football Superstar. He respects me. Our children see this.
We try to give our children the tools they need for this world. To step out into society and treat people with Respect. To be lions or tigers and bears of admiration to others. To be role models.
I find it hard to imagine having a conversation with my husband without respecting one another.
Or living together without morals and admiration for each other.
I said to my husband..... imagine our life full of bleeps. ? he shakes his head.... no.
Aretha Franklin said it very clearly..... R-E-S-P-E-C-T..... what does it mean to you?