Saturday 1418 – 25 May 2013
“Blessed be childhood, which brings down something of heaven into the midst of our rough earthliness”
Henri Frederic Amiel
Let me set the scene for you.
I was shopping in Tesco’s today and was on my way down the long moving walkway from the first to the ground floor. It’s used to get shoppers and their trolleys up and down.
Just behind me was a woman with a little girl in her trolley and a little boy beside her holding on . He suddenly let go and started to walk fast down the walkway laughing all the time. He got to the bottom and started to go back up the other side. There was hardly anyone else on the walkways.
I could sense that the little girl ( older than the boy) was dying to get out of the trolley to join him and she finally gave in to the desire and asked her mum if she could go up the walkway again too. Her mother’s reply was “No you’re the sensible one you’re nearly six” My heart just sank and I felt like screaming NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO ! don’t make her the sensible one at six. She’s just a small child, she should be playing not being sensible. The little girl looked crestfallen and probably so did I !
For the next couple of hours, as I walked about town, I could see mother’s everywhere making their children behave sensibly and it made me feel most terribly sad.
Why do we curtail our children’s childhood? Why do we stop their joy and spontaneousness? Shouldn’t we encourage their innocent joy for as long as possible rather than trying to make them fit into an adult world of restraint?
I am glad to say that I have managed to hang on to a degree of my childlike nature and I hope you have too; I believe it helps us to appreciate the wonder of the world.
The photos below were taken in a square in Cuba and I think I’ve captured some of this child’s sense of wonder and joy. I was going to post this on Photomania but after today I felt like it fitted here instead.
I expect many of you, who follow this blog regularly, might have expected that I was going to write something about the terrible killing that happened in London this week, where the soldier was hacked to death in Woolwich.. I am going to say something and please don’t interpret it as me condoning or excusing this violence in any way as I am opposed to all violence but what I will say is this…
Our misguided politicians have chosen to align us with America and take part in wars which it seems to me are entirely unjustified and have resulted in the deaths of hundreds of thousands of innocent people. Along with America we are undoubtedly hated by millions in countries across the world because of our Imperialist ways.
War does not bring Peace it brings only death and increases hatred. Sadly we saw the results of that hatred in London this week and the knee-jerk reaction against Muslims which will continue the cycle. The solution is simple.. stop creating wars !!
Release the child in you this week and have some fun. See you next week.
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