I vividly remember my childhood days. Life then, for my sister, cousins, friends and me was fairly simple. We woke up every morning hating to go to school, but enjoying each and every moment there. We spent the evenings examining tiny insects & creatures, playing outside with friends till it got dark. I remember getting mad at my sister for the silliest reason, yet being proud when she got all protective over me. I got all the little pleasures that a child was supposed to get. Now as I reflect back, I am happy with the time I spent as a child, shedding my innocence only when the time was right. I grew up in a healthy environment. Thanks to my wonderful family!
Listening to one of Jason Mraz’s songs, ‘Love for a child’, I couldn’t help but think of the innocence lost in children in today’s world. The song goes like this.
There’s a picture on my kitchen wall
Looks like Jesus and His friends involved
There’s a party getting started in the yard
And there’s a couple getting steamy in the car, parked in the drive
Was I too young to see this with my eyes?
And by the pool that night, apparently
The chemicals weren’t mixed properly
You hit your head and then forgot your name
Then you woke up at the bottom by the drain
And now your altitude and memory’s a shame
When the house was left in shambles
Who was there to handle all the broken bits of glass
Was it mom who put my dad out on his ass or the other way around?
Well, I’m far too old to care about that now
It’s kinda nice to work the floor since the divorce
I’ve been enjoying both my Christmases and my birthday cakes
And taking drugs and making love at far too young an age
And they never checked to see my grades
What a fool I’d be to start complaining now
What about taking this empty cup and filling it up
With a little bit more of innocence, I haven’t had enough
It’s probably because when you’re young
It’s okay to be easily ignored I’d love to believe it was all about love for a child
It was all about love
The song couldn’t explain better the life of many children around the world.
It saddening to see incidents around the world, where children could have been children, but for the not-so-good environment thrust upon them. It could be the ghastly violent crimes that scar them for the rest of their lives or the unhealthy environment where they are raised or them being ignored or merely the impact of too much knowledge in the form of media. Whichever reason it is, children are definitely losing their childhood. The world today gives more reasons for parents to be closer to their children. The world today gives more reasons for parents to be over protective of their children and preserve their innocence. The world today gives more reasons for adults to help children be children.
It may not be possible to watch each and every move of the child, but its important to offer a safe environment and be confident of what’s in store for him or her. Parents have the responsibility of providing for their children, but they have a bigger responsibility of understanding their lives too, however small they are. Nothing is more effective than spending some quality time with them. From the moment they step out to the moment they come home, it is a roller coaster ride with a lot of unexpected turns. We can only make sure and hope that they are well secured in their seat belts.
While its important to prepare children for the tough life ahead and develop them as individuals, fittest for survival, it is also important to let them enjoy their childhood, that only they are entitled to. Maybe, just maybe, had this been the way, the world would not have witnessed an Adam Lanza or Dzhokhar Tsarnev or Manoj Shah or other monsters around the world!!
Lets make sure we fill all their empty cups with lots of innocence! Lets promise to do our part to make this a safe place for all the children around!
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