Remember when the news was boring...?
Sigh... Is this part of growing up, or are we living in intense times?
I suspect it's a mixture of both.
I remember adults being glued to the news when I was little. I was not understanding what the fuss was about, but I do remember the serious looks on my parents' faces during the Gulf war and other intense times. (And let's face it - I grew up in Israel, so intense times were PLENTY.)
But I was a happy child, living my life as all that 'news' was absolutely normal.
Is that also how children are viewing the current moment?
I doubt it. Like everyone else's nowadays - children are completely affected by the current times.
Be it in their classrooms that now take place in their homes, or in the consumption of information every child with access to technology is exposed to. And the parents' faces - with their shock and despair... the parents faces must leave a mark on their children.
I think in some years we'll hear plenty of stories of traumatic accounts from these times. Like stories of children in the backseat while a crying parent was driving them to collect food stamps. Or stories about the Christmas that was skipped that one year. Or stories about how kids didn't understand why they couldn't say goodbye to grandma in the hospital.
This time will pass, and children will grow to tell stories of this time.
I hope there are some happy stories too. I hope there are some boring stories. I hope when kids grow up to be adults, they wouldn't be glued to the news with the serious expression I have on my face right now.
In April 2020, while experiencing her first ever global pandemic, Tamar Pelzig pledged to write something every day, even if it's only a word, so she welcomed to the world a daily blog to keep her creative writing wheels rolling.
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