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Join Date: Jan 2004
Location: Home 2F, Camp 2G & 2F
Note to my son on his 18th Birthday.
It is hard to believe that you are already at this point in life but may I be one of first to wish you a Happy 18th Birthday tomorrow and welcome you to adulthood. I have jokingly called this day “move out day” for a couple years now but I hope to God we ain’t there yet. Anyway, with a little research I came up with a guide for you on what your 18th birthday legally brings with it (and my thoughts on it in parenthesis ).
To other parents with kids this age , perhaps you can pass it along or adapt it for your kid or maybe it will just gives ya a chuckle. Took me time to do, so i hope it is worth your time to read. I do apologize for the length but I am long winded in such matters:
As of midnight tonight, you can legally do these things in no particular order:
Ø Sign a binding contract (like an apartment lease)
Ø Vote in any election (except for liberal Democrats I mean who would)
Ø Go buy your own rifle or shotgun (and give all mine back, cleaned and oiled would be nice)
Ø Serve your country by going into the military (a lot of pride here always but lets wait til this President is retired if you do)
Ø Be called upon for jury duty (do your part to clean up the streets when it is just and proven)
Ø Be convicted/serve time in adult jail ( you will also be required to change your last name to “Who”. As in “Johnny who??”)
Ø Buy Tobacco products (no need cause Mom and I will kill ya long before tobacco use will)
Ø Work a 40 hour full time week + OT without our consent (hey you got it)
Ø Start a retirement plan, never too early (but only do this if you heed the tobacco warning above)
Ø Open your own bank account (one that will not be subject to the dreaded “Parent tax” )
Ø Own legal title to a vehicle (or apparently in your case many vehicles)
Ø Get your own car Insurance (like tomorrow morning, I got their number right here)
Ø Get sued or sue someone (avoid this two way street altogether, karma is always king and there is no easy money)
Ø Get married to a good honest woman (Might be a couple left,remember you only want to do this once in life so choose wisely and be patient)
Ø Donate blood to save a life (get a free doughnut and much good karma)
Ø Get a tattoo without our consent (restricted however to one that says “I love Mom”, the holy Cross or “Don’t tread on me”)
Ø Buy lottery tickets (this will support Mom and I later in life as seniors, win or lose you lower our rent/taxes)
Ø Work towards your own American Dream (just threw this in to get ya out of bed in the morning )
What you still CAN'T legally do for 3 MORE years
(Kind of seems like lawmakers discriminate against us hard working, freedom loving rednecks when you think about this):
** Drink an ice cold beer on a Friday night after your long 40+ hour work week (you still gotta drink them back in the woods by a campfire, tastes best there anyway)
**Take a shot of whiskey at deer camp to celebrate bagging your nice buck (heck you likely will be 21 by the time this happens again anyway)
**Buy and/or conceal a handgun to protect yourself, your freedoms, your family and what is yours (you know I can’t even joke about this right)
In all Seriousness here is what I hope and am confident you WILL do:
>> Make wise decisions that you know in your heart you can answer for in front of the Lord Jesus and your mother.
>>Be happy and enjoy the freedoms of being an adult with the understanding that it is always more expensive and has bigger consequences.
>>Think about your tomorrows just enough that it will not ruin your today OR your tomorrows.
>>Save and use cash, avoid credit as much as possible so you are always working to build your own wealth and not someone else’s.
>>Buy land and take good care of it , no one can make more and taking care of what God created for us is good for your soul.
>>Know when it is the right time, woman and situation to marry and start your family. You will know trust me on that.
>>Always give more to others than you need to receive yourself. Stay humble in success and fired up motivated in any failure situation.
>>Remember you were born into the best country in the world by God’s grace, many people died to keep it free, don’t give it up , NOT EVER!
>>Always come to me for advice on any of above cause I am your Dad, I have been there and I am so [censored] proud of you. My job is never done.
You are a true, honest and genuine person John. You got my respect , and I am sure as an adult you will earn the worlds too. HAPPY 18th Birthday , but remember you will always be my kid.
"Only takes a second to change your season" Dad, 1980