It’s All About The Morals

I went to the midnight showing of twilight last night. Not something I would do on a normal occasion but my sister asked if I could take her and her friend, so I said yes.

I found myself being one of the oldest people there with the exception of a few other adults accompanying their minors. We arrived early (an hour and a half hours early to be exact) so we were fortunate to choose our seats wisely.

As the seats started to fill up I found myself thinking how lucky I was that I didn’t have anyone next to me.  A thought that came too soon. As the previews were getting ready to start, in come these two young girls aged, I would say 15-16. Full of conversation, giggles, and both their bright cell phones beaming in the theatre, they sat themselves down…right next to me!

I kept telling myself that they were just getting situated and that soon they would settle down and watch the movie. That they couldn’t possibly be that inconsiderate and talk throughout the whole film and ruin it for the 150+ people there. Boy was I wrong!!

These two girls kept up a conversation throughout the entire film. They read out emails to each other, watched videos on their phones with each other. Talked about school and their friends (who I feel like I now have known for years). I left that theatre knowing more about those two girls than the film I watched.

I found myself so frustrated and asked myself, have these girls not been taught about morals? And if so, they could certainly do with a few lessons on morals and perhaps I should read them some of my stories about morals.

How could they not see that their behavior wasn’t right? At one point one of the girls put her feet up on the chair in front of her and there was a lady sitting there. But the girl didn’t seem to care or budge her dirty shoes from this ladies head.  I stared in absolute disbelief. Could these girls really be this unaware? And if they were aware, how can they care so little?

It’s situations like this that make me pleased I write moral stories for kids. I know that kids like to show off to their friends and do things that get them to standout. And perhaps do things that they would never do if their parents were around. But their are times where I question how much have they been taught about morals when they are away from home? Or even better, in what ways were they shown or taught? There are so many great ways to show kids how to do things.

It is so important that parents teach their kids morals. Show them and set a good example of how to behave well. Kids are allowed to make mistakes and in fact they are expected to. But if they are never taught about morals and shown how to correct certain actions or behaviors then they will never learn.

7 thoughts on “It’s All About The Morals

  1. Hey Yolanda,
    I can remember being like them when I was younger, but it had nothing to do with my home training. It had more to do with not being at home, and “look at me I am soooo cool”. A lot of times it is them just being young and trying to show out for their freinds. I bet you if their parents were there you would see a totally different side to them. Even my kids tend to show out sometimes and I know they know better. Sorry about the movie, I hope you get a chance to enjoy a little of it. TTYL
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  2. Hey Marcus

    I am certain that if their parents were there then they would have acted differently :0) The biggest shock for me was that the woman in front asked her nicely to put her feet down and the girl looked at her, put them down, and then when the lady turned back to watch the movie, she placed them right back up again. That was when I stared in disbelief lol.

  3. Morality is so much bigger and encompassing than some teenie misbehaviour. But then you’re right, proper manner does lead to good morals. Let us just be careful when we label other people immoral.The previous comment made me laugh!

  4. LOL! Yolanda! You hit the nail on the head. I swear some days I feel like I’m listening to my grandfather talk when I talk about some children today. They really have no understanding of respect, why its important or why they should have it. They’ve never seen it modeled at home, let alone around them. They are not only careless but lack an understanding of WHY they should care. They’ve had no one to hold them accountable for their behaviors and that is truly sad as the “real world” will not be so kind when they are older and make “adult” mistakes.
    I’m glad you are writing about these things for the younger generations, it will help them grow into better adults and that makes the world a better place! 🙂
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  5. This is an ugly story. I thought that the education and moral of the young is problem only in my country, bit now I see it is like an epydemy, I do not have explanation about that. I thought that all is because they are too spoiled by constantly busy parents.
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  6. Hopefully the girls will outgrow that behaviour before long. I guess I wouldn’t call it immoral either, but it certainly was rude and inconsiderate! I’m sorry you had to be there to experience it.

    Another thing I don’t understand is, how can they afford to spend money on a movie in a theatre, and then not watch the movie? Why not have their fun together somewhere else??

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