Back in 1994, on Sunday, February 13, the Del Rio News-Herald printed this song on the front page. I was lucky enough that I took my guitar to the News-Herald and san this song for Mr. Joe San Miguel and he liked it and printed it in the News-Herald.
I retired from the school district in 2004 and now in 2016, this song seems to fit more and more pertaining to our children. Working at the radio station, KWMC 1490AM, with Mr. Memo Garza and Mr. Javier Martinez on the program Town Talk Live, we get calls about some problem that exist. Some things we will not discuss unless we have all of the facts, but I receive calls about problems that parents are having with the youth of today.
Praise God that 95% of the young people are good kids just trying to get an education and going on with their lives. But that old saying ‘it only takes one rotten apple to ruin the whole basket’ is so true.
I would say to all of the parents who read this, be aware of what your children are doing and where they go. Be involved in their life and tell the how much you care for them and their future. It takes children and parents working together to achieve the common goal of raising children to become responsible citizens and future leaders in this great city of Del Rio, Texas. It takes effort from everyone; mother, father, grandparents but they are worth it after all they are OUR CHILDREN. So here is the song the way I wrote it back in 1994.
Now this message is a message for the parents of Del Rio and if you have children in the school district you better listen up as well. There’s trouble on the horizon and you better pay heed because most of the problem was caused by you and me. There is trouble in the cities and trouble in the school and a lot of our children have started to break the rules. Just pick up your newspaper, put on your radio or TV and you will see what is happening in the land of the free.
If your son or your daughter goes out in any given night, you better know where they are going and be sure they are telling you right. You better know what they are smoking, you better know what is going down, you better know who their friends are when they are out cruising around, you better know if they are in Mexico drinking all that booze, you better get down on your knees and ask the good Lord to help you. Well I have been at the high school for a little over five years and we have always had a handbook that make the rules perfectly clear but now there are guys wearing earrings and some with long stringy hair, the way they wear their clothes, its as if they just don’t care. There are kids having kids and they think that’s the thing to do and you may not admit it but the blame belongs to you.
The principal of the High School is a personal friend of mine and all of the students at the high school think he is really fine. He does his very best to see that all are treated fair but there is always someone out there who just doesn’t care. But the principal and the teachers can not do it alone, remember responsibility has to start right there at home. So parents pay attention and make time for your child. Tell then that you love them and go that extra mile, be there when they need you through the good times and the bad and make the years they spend on school the very best they ever had.