Big eyes. Big smile. Wonder. Seeing the world and its endless possibilities for the first time.

There is nothing purer than a child’s innocence. Kids “get it.” They “get” what this life was supposed to be like — beautiful and fun. Last night in the locker room after my swim, I listened as two junior high school girls giggled about cute boys in a row of lockers nearby. Their lives seemed so simple, so free of worry.  “Don’t lose that, girls,” I whispered inside my head. “Don’t grow up.”

But grow up we all must. There’s no getting around it. And while this video attempts to criticize society for the conforming it forces us all to do, I can’t help but remember my time spent in elementary school classrooms. What is the line between squashing a child’s individuality and giving them the tools they need to succeed in life? What can we as adults and teachers do to better our society for our kids — and ourselves, too?

I won’t give it away, but I love the dad’s actions at the end. ;)

7 thoughts

  1. Beautiful. Yeah, right now I’m directing a young girls choir for a musical we have going on, 6- 10 year olds, and they have so much innocent enthusiasm, that it just fills you up, but sometimes I definitely think, how can anyone ever hurt these girls, knowing the harsh realities awaiting them when they get a little older.

    • I just think it’s a good thing we are start out there — innocent and bright. If we were born with our parents’ experiences already heavy on our brow, imagine how dark a place the world would be. We adults need kids to remind us of what is really important.

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