Beef about KIDS these days
I promise this will be the last of the Beef Week posts. I so wished I had the time/energy/internet connectivity to blog as it all happened – it was SO action-packed.
There was so much gorgeous bovine viewing it’s kinda hard to stop it though… how handsome is this dude?
One thing I DID want to talk about however, was a topic that was brought up somewhere yesterday, about kids these days. You know, how the younger generation don’t know how to work hard or apply themselves, or lack self-motivation. I won’t link to the spot that debate began, but it prompted me to think about our experiences with teenagers.
And I have to say that, while we have come across some less-than-enthusiastic adolescents over the years, I find myself needing to argue for the negative team. (In debating parlance at least).
We have been so fortunate here to have had two amazing young men, Cal and Lachy (aged 17 and 19) working for our business on-and-off over the past 18 months.
Let me see how my checklist for exemplary ‘young person’ behaviour goes with this pair?
Willing to work? Check.
Awesome/patient with my kids? Check.
Messy as hell? Check. (Just keeping it real here).
Able to leap over fences/wash walls/handle stubborn bovines? Check, check, check.
Excellent sense of humour? Check.
(Can you see how those two last characteristics might be inter-related? Good. Us too!)
We also had a neighbour’s daughter volunteer her services during our very busy week away, an offer which was leapt upon like a **seagull on a lump of fat.
Meg is 15 (I think) and not only beautiful, but as willing and easy to have around as the boys.
She slotted into our little crew like a professional. Asked questions about stuff she didn’t know and just winged it where there wasn’t time to talk. Exactly the kind of person you need in the hustle and bustle of Centre Ring during Beef Week.
And if you don’t think I won’t get as MANY tips from the parents of these three young people as humanly possible, then you haven’t been visiting me very long!
And I have to add that, for the vast majority of our time at this event, which was heavily populated by young people, I saw much the same thing. Perhaps it had something to do with them all being VERY busy? (And I suspect, pretty well-brought-up).
How has your experience with teenagers been lately?
Am I the only one who has been this lucky?
*At least what I can see on Facebook! Heh heh.
**Analogy courtesy of my much-missed Grandma Mart.