On The Bricks

December 10, 2022

When you have children, you learn what looks easy, usually is not. Like teaching your children to be kind and how to be nice to others, not rude and self – centered … this seems it would be simple, but that is far from the truth. First, those kids learn more from how we act than from how we tell them to act. And most adults aren’t nice all the time at home. For sure I wasn’t.

I read this statement that says much the same, “Your beliefs don’t make you a better person; your behavior does.”

Recently in talking to someone involved in a kids sports activity, we were discussing when they have had to discipline spectators and coaches and such. She said there wasn’t really any problem with the kids. Her direct quote was, “The players just want to play.” It seems, once again, to be the adults who aren’t wearing a uniform that are the problem.


Sometimes a coach gets onto his / her players for something they’ve done wrong. That’s why they’re the coaches. That’s what they are supposed to do … help the team members be a better team, be better individuals. And they do that by coaching them. Being coaches isn’t always flowers and dancing fairies. Sometimes it is coming face to face with stupid mistakes and errors. And parents seem to want sweet coaches … and, yet, they also seem to want their kids to win. Doesn’t go together that well, really.

Read this meme on Facebook, “If you continue to defend your child’s wrong behavior, one day you will pay an attorney to do the same. They might not win.”


Johann Wolfgang von Goethe said, “Behavior is the mirror in which everyone shows their image.”

Gives me something to ponder, for sure.

Here are some happenings around town we can also ponder.

The miniature train rides, Reindeer Express, is happening in the evenings at Thompson Park during December. Those Lions Club members are really getting serious about this volunteering and making your Christmas the best it can be. In fact, they are also sponsoring the Lions Christmas Shopping Spree on Dec. 17. They need adult help to take the children shopping. You can show up 7 am at the Methodist Enrichment Center to help. Be a blessing. That’s good behavior!

Also on Dec. 17 is the Christmas Village Gift Show at Connection Church, 1901 N. Lelia and the Nazarene Church at 2214 N. Sunset, both in Guymon. Great time to do some Christmas Shopping.

And everyone is invited to the Christmas Morning Candlelight Service at 10:30 am at Victory Center Church in Guymon.

See you on the bricks!