Being a Grand Parents Means Making a ‘Grand Impact”?

Being a Grand Parents Means Making a ‘Grand Impact”? July 14, 2020

Small child? Check. Sharp implements? Check. Violent unbalanced older gentleman? Check. Recipe for disaster in three… two… one..

The last of Michael Pearl’s articles in this month’s No Greater Joy magazine. It seems like Michael is doing his manly man chest beating and bragging on the job he did as a parent and is now doing as a grandparent.

“The question is, what kind of a grand impact will all these offspring make on this world? Did we so train up our children in the way they should go that they, too, will train up their kids in the way they should go? So far I am very satisfied with the results. But forty years from now, how many of the projected 130 great grandkids will be glorifying God? Are we populating heaven or hell? It is a sobering thought.”

I beg to differ. Let’s look at the success rates of his off spring. Seems from here that most of them are living very unsuccessful lives. They haven’t set the world on fire, none of them hold positions in law, medicine, or any other influential posts.  Like Michael claims raising kids like he does creates. Abject failures by his own metric.

What I see in this subculture is xeroxes, old fashioned copies run off a clanking old mimeograph machine so ancient that it takes a reverse copy, a stencil, to churn out more copies.

Just like those horrid easy to smudge and ruin copies, the Pearl kids are very poor copies of their parents, and with each subsequent generation, like rerunning endless copies, the attributes get weaker, and weaker, and weaker until the original and the copies do not resemble each other in any way.

Ah, I still miss the smell of the old mimeograph stencils after they’ve been used!

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About Suzanne Titkemeyer
Suzanne Titkemeyer went from a childhood in Louisiana to a life lived in the shadow of Washington D.C. For many years she worked in the field of social work, from national licensure to working hands on in a children's residential treatment center. Suzanne has been involved with helping the plights of women and children' in religious bondage. She is a ordained Stephen's Minister with many years of counseling experience. Now she's retired to be a full time beach bum in Tamarindo, Costa Rica with the monkeys and iguanas. She is also a thalassophile. She also left behind years in a Quiverfull church and loves to chronicle the worst abuses of that particular theology. She has been happily married to her best friend for the last 34 years You can read more about the author here.
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