I believe in a lot of things, and listening to my parents is one of the most important.
I have two older siblings and they have been models to my little brother and I.
We were raised knowing the difference between right and wrong. We went to church on
Sundays and even bible classes on Wednesdays, when we didn’t have homework. My mom
and dad practiced what they taught us. They believed education was crucial to making it in life.
We didn’t always understand, but our parents had our best interests at heart.
When I was younger my parents got phone calls about my brothers’ silly behavior and his
failing grades. My mom and dad talked to him often and disciplined
him. My parents met with his teachers many times. He struggled to graduate from high school.
When he got out of high school, he went to Washtenaw Community College for a short time.
He completed two semesters and then worked for a while. In church, he met a girl named
Manique, whom he married several months later. My parents were trying to tell him to finish
college before he got married and had kids. A year later, he had a baby girl Then he
messed up. Him and his wife had very little money and low paying jobs. They
struggled for about a year. Marcus tried going back to school and working at the same time.
That didn’t work out well. He could not support his family and had to do something fast.
He joined the army. He enlisted in the armed forces for four years. Now he and his family live
in California. I believe that if my brother had listened to my parents, life would not have been so
hard for him.
My sister Ashley never gave my parents problems until she became a
senior in high school. She began to hang around the wrong people. My parents believed that you
are guilty by association. Ashley began to get in trouble and began skipping school. She was also
suspended for several days and struggled to graduate from high school. She left home and
became pregnant. Ashley dropped out of college, and began working. She lived with her
and got evicted from her apartment and began living place to place. After having the baby, she
continued to try to make it on her own. After a while, she realized she had made many mistakes.
One day, she wanted to move back home so she could get her life straight. My parents welcomed
her and the baby home. Ashley is starting to be more responsible and is choosing better friends.
I believe that if my brother and sister had listened to my parents, they would not have had
to go through such a rough road. I have made some wrong choices as well, with hanging with the
wrong groups. I believe most parents have wisdom and that you need to listen to them so that
they can direct you in life.