Mama Diaries

Friday, December 14, 2012

What I Learned at D.A.R.E. Graduation

Today, my daughter graduated from the D.A.R.E program.  If you don't know what that is, it's a program where officers come in and instruct kids how to say "no" to drugs, alcohal, and tobacco, and how to handle bullies.  Parents were invited to come in and watch the ceremony, so of course I attended.

It was a very nice ceremony.  After the officers talked to the kids, they had a few words for the parents.  "This is what you need to know," said one of the officers.  "First, you need to be a pencil.  Not a marker.  That's so you can erase your mistakes."

Okay.

"Second, you must carry with you at all times, a rubber chicken."

Huh?

"That's so you can tell people that you are not a chicken.  And then you pull out the chicken and say, 'this is a chicken!'"

Well, that makes sense.

"And finally, don't worry.  Be happy!"




Wait- one more thing.  My daughter has a message she wants to say:  "If someone insults you, you have to say out loud, 'you're good at soccer!'"

All right, then.  Be happy!

25 comments:

  1. Dang. I wish I'd known about the chicken. That's where I went wrong in life. I never carried a rubber chicken. Well, it's too late to save me now. You are my hope for the future.

    Love,
    Janie

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    1. Now go out and get yourself a rubber chicken. I guarantee your life will be phenomenal once you do! It's not too late!

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  2. While it would be unwieldy to carry around, the rubber chicken is actually an interesting idea.

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    1. I have a rubber chicken. It's gotten me out of a lot of sticky situations. LOL!

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  3. And if all else fails, hit them with the chicken haha

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  4. My dad has a personal philosophy that everyone needs to have a rubber chicken. That way, you always have something ridiculous to remind you to laugh and enjoy life.

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  5. I was under the assumption that everyone ALREADY carries a rubber chicken around with them. I know I do. Good to know the police are promoting the wisdom of this idea.

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    1. Like you, I knew it was a good idea to carry a rubber chicken. I'm so glad the word is being spread!

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  6. They still do the D.A.R.E. program? I used to do fundraising for them back in the 80's. I like the advice.

    Lee
    Tossing It Out

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    1. I live in one of the few school districts that still has the program. I'm glad my kids have the opportunity to go through it.

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  7. I'm sure I've heard about this D.A.R.E. programme... it sounds great!
    Love the "feel-good" Bob Marley song... very laid back and a guaranteed de-stresser...
    I visited your A to Z gardening post - wow, you've been to lots of gardens around the world! I haven't been to Kirstenbosch Gardens in a very long time - but it's really beautiful!

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    1. I saw that you visited the A-Z blog. Thank you! You're so lucky that you live close to Kirstenbosch Garden. I loved that place!

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  8. I think they ought to have that programme over here.
    A wonderful post and pleased your daughter has lerned so much.
    Enjoy your week-end.
    Yvonne.

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    1. I think it's a very good program that helps kids make good choices.

      Enjoy your weekend, too!

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  9. This is a great programme. Wish we have it over here. Love the happy tune too.

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  10. Good advice! Love the one about the chicken!

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    1. I hope you go out and get yourself a rubber chicken, now!

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  11. LOL! That's great, especially the chicken part!

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    1. Awesome words of wisdom from the officer!

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  12. Wow, D.A.R.E. has come a long way since my kids were kids. They've certainly enriched the program and added the bullying aspect, and I love the pencil comment and the rubber chicken prop! Yep, that's something I'd probably be prone to actually doing. I had a rubber chicken but it deteriorated after a few years and the head fell off. I could have kept it and had a headless chicken, but that wouldn't be in very good taste, would it? LOL!

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