Di is our hostess for Truthful Tuesday once again while Melanie continues to deal with health issues. Here is her question.
Would you like to be a child growing up in today’s world?
The short answer is no I would not. Children access media of all types at much earlier ages these days and even if what they see and hear is carefully monitored by their parents I think they must hear a lot of scary stuff. When I was a small child we only had television and even then I know that I had bad dreams a few times about being in a war zone. That could only have come from television. Think how much more children are bombarded with now.
As they get older children learn about the damage to the environment, loss of animal habitats and even if they don’t understand why, they know there is war, hunger and poverty in much of the world. Worse, they know that as kids there is nothing they can really do about it. They are just along for the ride and have to hope that we, the adults, can fix things before its too late.
It must be hard to just be a kid and enjoy life in those circumstances, even more so when you have adults telling you, at age six or seven that you are too old for toys.
No. I would not like to be a child today. I had a great childhood, we had a lot more freedom than children today have. My generation spent time playing with their friends and being able to go off and explore their world. I’m talking about in peaceful and prosperous countries here of course. I know that is not true for children everywhere and never has been. I think it is very sad that American children do emergency drills to learn how to cope with a shooter in their school.
I don’t have children so no grandchildren obviously. I have nieces and a nephew by marriage who are young adults now and have or will have children of their own. I worry for those children. I wish we were leaving them a better future.