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Children today do not have it better than we did

February 10, 2021 - 00:00
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  • Children today do not have it better than we did

The headline probably will make people pause and think the tech-savvy children of today do not have it better than we did when all we had to play with were jacks, marbles, or homemade toys.

Exactly.

Thank you.

I feel sad for the children of today. Not only do they have any toy imaginable for them to play with, but most of those toys do all the imagining for them. Take away their PS-1000 and they can’t fathom what to do next!

I played for hours with my toy soldiers or plastic cowboy and Indians figures. Now, I think that is proba bly considered politically incorrect. I left the house in the morning, came back for lunch, and headed right back out again to let my imagination run wild.

I would build my boats out of two by fours and nails and pretend it was a battleship. I would take old plywood and cut a gun out of it and go into battle! The whole gang with Rocky, Terry, Danny, and Donny would meet up, sometimes well after our parents went to bed, and just hang out. Now, kids don’t even know their neighbors.

Come to think of it, that wasn’t such a good thing after all since what you did beat you back home! Kids don’t know the real sound of cardboard slapping against bike tire spokes as you careened like a bat out of you-know-where down the middle of the road. I drank out of a water hose, rode my bike without a helmet, knee pads, shin guards, chest vests, oh my! I didn’t wear sunscreen to go play out in the sandbox.

Of course, I was playing with gasoline and burning up my plastic soldiers so I guess the sunscreen wouldn’t have protected me against that kind of burn. I did horrendous things like go fishing without a water vest, dove hunting without an orange vest, and didn’t wear goggles to shoot my BB gun and still didn’t drown, get shot by some stupid city person, or shoot my eye out!

I think what I am most sad about with today’s’ children is that they have lost their innocence way too young. Look at the TV shows, movies, video games, and social media and, as an adult, I am horrified by what these kids are subjected to. Innocence lost. Ok, we did have the Roadrunner and the Coyote and Bugs Bunny and Elmer Fud.

God loves the little children. We love our children, too. Somehow, somewhere, at some time, we let the world creep in and steal our little children from us.

God says that little children are a blessing and a gift. They hold a special place in His heart. He warns us not to corrupt the children, yet, here we are. Matthew 18:10 - “See that you do not despise one of these little ones. For I tell you that their angels in heaven always see the face of my Father in heaven.”