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How to Handle Teens

Friday, October 14, 2011

A wise old gentleman retired and purchased a modest home near a junior high school. He spent the first few weeks of his retirement in peace and contentment. Then a new school year began.

The very next afternoon three young boys, full of youthful, after-school enthusiasm, came down his street, beating merrily on every trash can they encountered. The crashing percussion continued day after day, until finally the wise old man decided it was time to take some action.

The next afternoon, he walked out to meet the young percussionists as they banged their way down the street. Stopping them, he said, "You kids are a lot of fun. I like to see you express your exuberance like that. In fact, I used to do the same thing when I was your age. Will you do me a favor? I'll give you each a dollar if you'll promise to come around every day and do your thing."

The kids were elated and continued to do a bang-up job on the trash cans. After a few days, the old-timer greeted the kids again, but this time he had a sad smile on his face. "This recession's really putting a big dent in my income," he told them. "From now on, I'll only be able to pay you 50 cents to beat on the cans." The noisemakers were obviously displeased, but they did accept his offer and continued their afternoon ruckus. A few days later, the wily retiree approached them again as they drummed their way down the street.

"Look," he said, "I haven't received my Social Security check yet, so I'm not going to be able to give you more than 25 cents. Will that be okay?" "A lousy quarter?" the drum leader exclaimed. "If you think we're going to waste our time, beating these cans around for a quarter, you're nuts! No way, mister. We quit!" And the old man enjoyed peace.

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
PAMNANGEL 10/14/2011 11:44AM

    I was going to suggest duct tape, but I've been informed by my legal department that is not an option.

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ELLFIN3 10/14/2011 11:33AM

    emoticon Great way to handle the situation! Thanks for sharing!! emoticon

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JESS0107 10/14/2011 10:20AM

    And that is how you do it!!!

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IDLETYME 10/14/2011 10:12AM

    Great! emoticon emoticon

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ALICERIEGER 10/14/2011 9:57AM

    What a great story. Thinking outside the box certainy pays off.

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DFROMTX 10/14/2011 8:40AM

    Enjoyed the story. emoticon

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PMWALKER 10/14/2011 8:31AM

    Too funny!

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CORINNEMOMMY 10/14/2011 6:26AM

    teenagers only? This may work with the entire population:-)

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GRANDMA624 10/14/2011 5:51AM


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4SASHA 10/14/2011 1:14AM

    I used to be a middle school teacher. My colleagues often wondered why, I could get students to do things that they couldn't. I told them they just weren't creative enough in their you have gone and published my secret.

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PEPIPOI 10/14/2011 1:13AM

    What a lovely story. Teenagers sure a lot to contend with. At least my daughters were good and I only got the occassional problem. Anyway your story was brilliant.

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