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ly does not want her mother to be fashion-foolish. Ever since she’s been very little, we have been presenting two standards to judge clothes by: (1) Is it in good taste? and (2) Is it appropriate for me? Now that she is beginning to start really thinking on her own, she is able to apply those same questions to my clothes and what emerges is this: Mothers should be dressed in good taste and in clothes appropriate for them. Translated that means, no micro­ mini skirts and no trying to be young, young, young! I suspect a girl who must compete with her mother on clothes and looks must be a very pressured girl. Lt. Bob Vernon of the Los Angeles Police Department, has stated three pressures of teen-agers are: (1) Peer group pressure — their friends, (2) Family pressure, and (3) Society pres­ sure. Add those all up with a mother who tries to be like her teen-age daugh­ ter and you really add the pressure! It’s a needless pressure. Do I really want to be a mini-mom? No, thank you! However, I do want to see that look of shining pride in Laurie’s eyes when she says, “ Now, THAT dress I like.” (Teen-agers are mothers’ greatest even-uppers.) When we were shopping the other day, I pulled out a dress for myself and Laurie said, “ Now, that’s a wonderful dress for a mother in her thirties, but personally, it’s not for me.” I want God to make me the mother He wants me to be, not the “ friend- mother” who tries to compete with her children or the other extreme of a “mother-mother” who never plays with her children or never looks well- groomed and styled, but a somewhere in-between mother who, in good taste, and for HER age, is appropriately dressed. A mother who, yes, many times and on many days, plays with her children, laughs and reads with them, but who is most always first and foremost, their mother! God, give me that lovely, quiet dig­ nity, that ever-glowing charm to be me . . . a mother . . . as You have intended. FROM A MOTHER OF FIVE Oh, give me wisdom when wee hands tug at me with their small demands. And give me gentle and smiling eyes; Keep my lips from hasty replies. Let not weariness, confusion, or noise obscure my vision of life’s fleeting joys, So when in years to come, my house is stiU, No bitter memories its rooms will fill. A uthor unknown TRY THIS . . . A child’s sand pail makes a good centerpiece for a birthday party. Put a wrapped ten-cent gift for each child in it, then run paper streamers from the gifts to the children’s plates. Two shiny red apples, cored, make good candlestick holders. THE KING'S BUSINESS

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TO BE OR NOT TO BE . . . A Mini-Mom

Recently I read a really “ gung ho” article about a 35-year-old mother and her several children. She was pictured and praised as being a model mother; one we should all strive to be! She was vivacious and glowing (I liked that part), she also was a mini-mom, a teeny-bopper and a real teen swinger (that part was a little harder to grasp). She prided herself on being mistaken for her 13-year-old daughter. She did all the latest rock and roll dances with her children and wore the most mod clothing, specializing in micro-mini skirts with tall boots. She was, as the article described, the envy of all moth­ ers everywhere. Her really “ in” attitude on every­ thing made me sound like some old lady in tennis shoes from the dark ages. Her children were all so proud of their mini-mom that I was most curious to see just how out-of-date my children thought I was, so I conspicuously left the magazine open for my 13-year-old Laurie to read. Later, as I was stirring something on the stove in my house slippers and a rather tired dress, Laurie asked, “ Hey, Mom, did you read about THEIR mother?” “Uh huh,” I answered, “What did you think about her?” The look on her face was worth a novel of words, but she said, “ Oh, brother, why doesn’t she grow up?” “ You mean you don’t think that mini- mom is just the neatest thing?” I prod­ ded hopefully. “ Honestly, Mother,” she answered, “ A mother like that is disgusting. She ought to act her age.” That kind of reaction pleasantly sur­ prised me because it came from the same little teen-ager who not two days before, told me, “ That hairdo of yours is not quite ‘in,’ Mother.” It also came from the same gal who said, after she saw my finished sewing project, “Now, that dress would be really nice if it were one inch shorter.” (Incidently, I did take it up that inch and it does look better.) So, she’s very style-con­ scious, just like your daughter, and she’s very aware of what is and what is not in fashion, but she very definite­

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