How do you measure up? As a parent? As a person? Are you perfect? Are you successful? Defined by what terms and against what expectations? How did you find your path, your balance and how are we teaching our children to do the same? I sold hollyhock seeds I harvested and packaged and sold them for a nickel a bag. I pulled chickweed and dandelions and was paid ten cents a bucket. I learned to enjoy a Saturday work day in the yard with my family and I learned to work. There was a point in there that I learned that I should love The Beatles with passion, like everyone else. As a Boomer, we learned that we had a homogenous way of learning about life, just as our parents were part of a homogenous society. Everyone watched the same tv shows and listened to the same music. We teach our kids that everyone has SAT tutorials, takes AP classes and the pinnacle is Ivy League. We rebelled then against our parents but we became part of the system. These kids aren't rebelling but what will they become as our socity becomes fragmented and everyone seems to be doing their own thing.
I've ranted before about perfect children and perfect lives. When things get pushed too far, the pendulum always swings back. When top colleges are rejecting record numbers of applicants something will begin to give. Success. Perfection. Flawed?