Last night I did something I'd never done before -- I watched a video on Facebook. And I got quite an eyeful!
In case you haven't seen it, it's a guy - early to mid forties; an ordinary guy, in jeans and a cowboy hat. He's calm and well-spoken, and is sitting on a chair in the middle of a large yard holding a paper. He then says that this is his response to his fifteen-year-old daughter, Hannah's tirade of her parents and how they treat her. Apparently, she'd already been grounded for three months for a similar incident. So this time she'd post this 'secretly' (or whatever the term is - I think it's clear I am not a Face book aficionado), under the foolish belief that she was slicker than her father - the IT specialist.
He reads her letter and responds to her accusations and then pulls out a forty-five automatic and empties the clip into the laptop, lying on the ground near him. He ends by telling her that she'll have another laptop when she buys herself one.
Now, I admit it - I was pleasantly shocked. Finally, a parent taking some control back. At last, an adult drew his imaginary line in the sand. After this video ended, there were video comments made by viewers. However, here's what got me - the four or five I watched were all teenagers; and every one of them was behind the dad's actions. They applauded his showing this ungrateful child the facts of life.
Perhaps there is hope for the up-and-coming generation after all.