In a world with destructive and evil pervasive attitudes and words, a parent sometimes may shudder to think of their children being out of sight for any length of time. I was telling a friend of mine as we were sharing stories of our experiences in public school about a question Sara asked me. We were passing by a sporting store named ‘Dick’s Sporting Goods,’ and Sara asked, “Mom, isn’t that a bad word? Why is the store named like that?” After explaining the name to her and answering her question, I cried at the innocence of our children. Sara never heard the word in elementary school, but now some of her old friends apparently have started using foul language.
My friend was trying to transition her middle school child from home school to public school. When she met the guidance counselor and asked about the potential middle school her child would be transitioning to, the counselor said that at this time it was safe for children to go the restrooms unattended, and the violence against girls was decreasing. The comments frightened my friend, to say the least. How disgusting it all is. Where is a safe haven for our growing upcoming generation?
As I walked in the streets of Thurbe, a red light district in Mumbai, I wondered to myself, “will I bring Sara here?” The beauty of our children in this generation, is their innocence, but also their sense of justice. Evil cannot win, and Good will overcome evil. It just has to happen, there isn’t any question for the children. As much as we would like to cover and protect our children, I think their sense of justice will cause them to push and advance to a greater level than we parents ever did. I pray that this generation will do so. They will be fearless, bold, wise and conquering men and women who stand up and act on behalf of the vulnerable. Join me in that prayer for us, and for those who come behind us…..
…Because every child matters!