Tell Your Kids About the Reality of The World


I had dinner with a parent and his son I knew. The son was in the fifth grade of an elementary school and was preparing for an entrance exam of a junior high school. During the dinner, he complained about his son not studying hard. His son was listening to what his father was saying in silence. Seeng him listening, I perceived the followings;

● He doesn’t understand why he has to study. He doesn’t think that what he’s studying now will be useful in the future.

● He wants to play video games too as his friends enjoy them.

  • elementary school 小学校
  • prepare for A Aの準備をする
  • entrance exam 入学試験
  • complain 不平を言う
  • in silence 黙って
  • perceive 知覚する

When the father left his seat, I spoke to him.

“If you expand your knowledge by studying, you’ll be able to enjoy more things. If you were illiterate, you couldn’t enjoy what you enjoy now. You couldn’t enjoy interesting books, comics or video games a hundred percent. If you don’t study and expand your knowledge, you can’t enjoy such things. Also, if you don’t study, you won’t be able to choose a job that you want to do in the future. Frankly, your educational background is a certificate that shows that you’re a man who can stand what you don’t want to do. Companies want such a person who has patience and makes efforts. Most of what you learn at school will be useless in society to be sure, but patience and perceverance are needed once you become a member of society. Keep it up. You’re participating in a game of life you can play only now.”

  • speak to A Aに話しかける
  • expand 広げる
  • knowledge 知識
  • illiterate 読み書きができな
  • choose 選ぶ
  • frankly 率直に言うと
  • educational background 学歴
  • certificate 証明書
  • stand 我慢する
  • patience 忍耐
  • effort 努力する
  • to be sure 確かに
  • perseverance 根気
  • once S+V 一旦SがVすると
  • keep it up 頑張る

I told him like this frankly, and then he nodded yes brightly. It is sometimes necessary that you tell your children about what adults are truly thinking toward children and complicated circumstances of the world. Later, the son passed the entrance exam of the famous school he wanted to enter.

  • nod うなづく
  • brightly 明るく
  • complicated 複雑な
  • circumstances 事情

I was a precocious kid that loved listening to conversations of adults.  Adults around me were talking about relationships, money troubles or crimes, thinking that I couldn’t  understand them. Their conversations were really interesting and good for me because I was able to know the reality of life much more than school study. So if you had a child who won’t go to school, it’s important that you find an opportunity to tell your kid about the reality of the world without raising your voice.

● Parents don’t live forever. The time will surely come when your kid has to live alone.

● People need money to live.

● People have to work to make money.

  • precocious ませた
  • conversation 会話
  • relationships 人間関係
  • raise voice 声を上げる

It is necessary that you tell your children these things above. This kind of talk will remain in their heart even in later years. Even if they won’t listen to you now, they will remember what you said when they get older and have difficult times. Children are results of close teamwork of their ancestors who had lived from time immemorial. It is ancestral spirits who are relieved and lived a couple generations ago who take care of their descendants enthusiastically. It will become driving force to lead your children to improve without noticing to hold memorial services for your ancestors without expecting anything in return.

  • remain 残る
  • in later years 後年
  • result 結果
  • ancestor 先祖
  • relieved 安心した
  • descendant 子孫
  • enthusiastically 熱心に
  • driving force 原動力
  • in return お返しに

生かして頂いて ありがとう御座位ます

I Ka Shi Te I Ta Da I Te    A Ri Ga To U Go Za I Ma Su

Thank you so much for keeping us alive.

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