Saturday, May 17, 2014

Be Truth Seekers

    The title of this post was taken from the song Hall of Fame by The Script.

 Conversation with Tyler last week:

Me: Hey guess what! I passed my exam! Yay me!

Tyler: That's great mom...

Her voice trails off

Me: What?

Tyler: I don't think I want to go to college right after high school. I want to take some time off.

With my eyes bugging out of my head: I don't think so young lady.

Tyler: But Mom! I just want to take a little time off.

Me: Not going to happen sweetie.

Tyler: Why not?

Me: Do you remember all of the studying and all of the classes I took when you were young? Do you remember me picking you up from Mamaws house after you were already asleep in bed because I had late night classes? Do you see what I'm doing now? Do you see how hard it is for me to juggle family, home, work, and school? Don't you think it would have been a lot easier if I had done all of that BEFORE I got married and had a family.

Tyler: So, you regret getting married so young?

Me: No, not at all. I'm just saying that it was a lot harder to go to school while being a wife and mother. You can never go wrong with education and I will not allow you to be anything less than your best.

Tyler rolling her eyes: Alright, alright. I get it.

There is a delicate balance between giving your child credit for doing their best even when, if compared to the standard, their best doesn't make the mark and simply not putting forth the effort. I grew up with my dad always telling me that a job worth doing is worth doing right. I try so hard to make sure the kids understand this. I can only hope that they see why I'm continuing my education and understand that there are always opportunities to learn new things and to push yourself. I never want them to settle for less than who they are.
      I picked this particular song for the title of this post because we have listened to it over and over and over again in the car this week. Sebastian tried out for the high school chorus on Friday. Originally he was going to sing this song. We listened to it everyday so that he could practice. He ended up singing a different song, but in the mean time I fell in love with this one. I picked apart my favorite lines from this song and put them together. 


You can throw your hands up
You can beat the clock 
You can move a mountain
You can break rocks
You can be a master
Don't wait for luck
Dedicate yourself and you gon' find yourself
Standing in the hall of fame 

You can go the distance
You can run the mile
You can walk straight through hell with a smile
You can be the hero
You can get the gold
Breaking all the records they thought never could be broke
Yeah, do it for your people
Do it for your pride
How are you ever gonna know if you never even try?
Do it for your country
Do it for your name
'Cause there's gonna be a day...
When you're standing in the hall of fame 

Be students
Be teachers
Be politicians
Be preachers
Be believers
Be leaders
Be astronauts
Be champions
Be truth seekers
Be students
Be teachers
Be politicians
Be preachers
Be believers
Be leaders
Be astronauts
Be champions

I must admit that hearing my 14 year old sing this chokes me up. Especially the line that says "Be truth seekers." I want them to always be the seekers of truth in everything they do whether it be at home with their family, at school, with their friends or at church. I don't want them blindly following anything. I want them to constantly seek the truth and education will go a long way in helping them accomplish this. I want them to stand in their own hall of fame. 



2 comments:

Debbie Deal said...

Mel, you are such a wonderful example to your children.....what you do everyday, what they think as they watch you grow and strive to do your best and continue your education will direct their paths in the future. I admire you, immensely!You may be many wonderful things to many people, but from where I sit, I see you being a terrific mom.....and in the end, that's what it's all about.

Melanie Dawson Mullineaux said...

Thank you so much for the kind words! I often feel like I fail miserably but I do try so very hard!