Last weekend, I took a motorcycle safety course. Don’t worry, I am not heading to Sturgis or hitting the open road this summer; I’ve just always wanted a Vespa and a side car. (I want to put goggles on my dog and cruise the neighborhood.)
I passed the class, barely. I graduated dead last. I am not yet a proficient cyclist, but I did learn some valuable information. My main takeaway—be aware of your surroundings. Pay attention.
I’ve been hyperaware while driving this week, and I’ve picked up some road wisdom. The motorcycle class was like an eye exam, and I now have my road glasses. On Monday, on the way to school, I noticed a bumper sticker on the back of a Subaru that read “Bark Less, Wag More.” (Have you noticed that a typical Subaru averages five message bumper stickers? Subarus are a good source of advice.)
What does it mean to “Bark Less, Wag More?” Let’s breakdown the phrase.
Over the past few days, I have been reflecting on Dr. Sax’s thought-provoking parent presentation. I enjoy pop culture (Bravo, all music, the occasional TMZ update, People Magazine, and the cooking shows on VICELAND). So, I was troubled when Dr. Sax cited pop culture as a leading cause of teen anxiety and a factor in the “collapse of parenting.”
Sax partly blamed the lyrical content of modern music (Bieber, Bruno Mars, Miley Cyrus) for the rise in a culture of disrespect among children. When I was in middle school, I was blasting Guns N’ Roses’ Appetite for Destruction. Bieber seems mild in comparison. Has pop culture really grown cruder in the last 25 years?