I've loved little kids since I was probably not much more than a little kid myself. I guess even as I was losing my own innocence I've always been enthralled by the innocence and carefreeness of childhood. Why do we ever have to leave it?
I understand why Holden wanted to be keep children in the rye and catch them before their fall from innocence would open their eyes to the harsh realities of adulthood. Not only is it about learning how unfair life is but so much else is lost and left behind as we enter adulthood.
I love listening to my girls' dreams and ideals for the future. I love the hope that is so clearly seen in their eyes and I know burns bright in their hearts. Yet, I know there will be a time when the doubt and criticism that comes with adulthood will sneak in, and that light that burns within them will start to flicker and dim.
I could watch them run and play all day. I love the freedom in which they play without a care in the world. But I know one day that freedom will be limited with responsibilities and obligations, and as much as I want them to grow up to be responsible contributing citizens to society, it still saddens me to know it comes at a price to that carefreeness of childhood freedom.
One of the things I've always been in awe about with children is their perception of humanity and one another. At first before they're exposed to adults for too long they don't see black and white, rich and poor, Christian or Muslim, and even if they see someone that is clearly different than themselves such as someone disabled their finger pointing isn't about judgment but curiousity.
Unfortunately, you can see as they grow, depending on how much hate and judgment their exposed to from the adult world, this hate and judgment develops. The adult world hardens us. Not only do the harsh circumstances of life that are out of our control make us sometimes bitter towards life but one another at times as well. We lose our own hope and want to diminish others. Childhood curiousity is replaced with criticism for not meeting a certain "acceptable standard" .
Maybe I've always been drawn to children and childhood because it's a happier, more accepting world. If you haven't visited it in awhile I strongly suggest it's a world you immerse yourself in for a time and allow yourself the opportunity to experience the world again as a child. There's a freedom and hope to childhood that we all need to hold on to as long as possible.
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