We look into our children’s eyes and tell them “the future is yours,” and they, in all their innocence, look to us with trust and forgiveness, eager to straighten out the mess we have left them. And so it goes.
It seems to me, we adults, more so than other species, have a difficult time preparing our kids for adulthood while allowing them to savor their childhood. In much of the world, because of political strife, poverty, or disease many children never reach adulthood. Or they are forced, prematurely, into adulthood or the workforce. or prostitution or worse.
In much of the so-called developed world, many kids are also robbed of their childhood. Like their parents, they are overachievers in training. Learning to take tests for the sake of the test score and not for knowledge.
“You are worried about seeing him spend his early years in doing nothing. What! Is it nothing to be happy? Nothing to skip, play, and run around all day long? Never in his life will he be so busy again.”
“The prime purpose of being four is to enjoy being four — of secondary importance is to prepare for being five.”
“A person’s a person, no matter how small.”