Do as I say not as I do. Is that a message?
In your question and answer with Smokey Bear Sunday, March 31, the one next to the last question stated you often visit schools and libraries and other community events.
"What is your message to kids?"
The last question was how can someone get a hold of you? Answer, all they have to do is contact their district office and request a visit from Smokey.
I will try my darndest to be there.
I have young great-grandchildren in school, etc. If this is the message (language) he giving them I prefer he not give mine a message at all.
Could you not use a different adverb such as try my best, try real hard, etc.
Giving them a message about fire prevention is good. If it comes with this kind of language, I prefer mine not have a message at all.
Children repeat what they hear and see, especially from (something) someone they are suppose to respect.
Don't do as I do - do as I say is not the way I raised my children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren. I know this is just a small thing but this old world just might be a better and even safer place if we all as adults think before we speak or act.
Our little ones are always watching, listening, repeating, reflecting us.
Joy G. Livermore