I have no idea how to end it and that bothers me. I have no idea how it started and that bothers me. I have no idea where it will lead and that bothers me. It is the way children seem to be treated in our “great” nation. I’m aware that millions of American children are loved and cared for and for that I am thankful. But it is for the remaining ones that my heart aches.
It seems to cross all financial strata and at times seems to be beyond all reasoning. How can people neglect, starve, and abuse their own children? What is it about the parent that says it’s okay to maltreat their own child? Life is really hard, but why take it out on someone so helpless and dependent. Even teenagers, although they detest any interference in their business, still need that foundation of love and support from their family.
The lack of support and love leads to a life long emptiness that can’t be replenished. It often leads to drugs, alcohol, or criminal behavior. In the 80’s, everything was all about the children, a political movement that was hard to rebut. Even then, it rang a false note. Now, it seems as though families use their children to move the parent’s agenda forward or as an extension of the Mom or Dad. Children aren’t an extension of the parents; they are individuals with their own needs and desires. Most of us hope they grow to be strong and self-sufficient. There was a post on Facebook recently that caught my attention. It pictured a tree with a red bird sitting on a branch and written across it was this: “There are two gifts we should give our children: one is roots and the other is wings.”
We are losing the youth of our nation and we need them all. Who will follow our generation if none are left?