As the twig is bent...by Dr. J.T. Parish

Dr. J. T. Parish

An anonymous author wrote about the power of parental example.

One day when Junior was 14 years old, his father came home telling how he was caught speeding, but his friend, Jake, down at the City Hall, got the ticket fixed.

When Junior was 15, he was with his mother when she rammed the car into a tree. She promptly invented the story that someone rammed the car while it was parked downtown. This way she only had to pay the $500 deductible, and the insurance company was ripped off for the balance.

When they boy was 16, he heard his grandfather reminisce about the “good old days” when he made over a hundred thousand dollars black marketing cars when things were rationed. Later his Uncle John bragged about how he beat the I.R.S. on his taxes.

When Junior was 18, his family pulled every possible string to get him a scholarship at a fine old, expensive, prestigious Ivey League college. They even lied about their income to make it seem that he had a great need for financial aid.

When Junior had a tough time in Calculus, he bought the answers from an upper classman. Junior was caught and expelled.

His mother burst into weeping and screaming at Junior over the disgrace he brought on the family. “How could you have done this to us?” she cried.