How do we look ourselves in the mirror after putting up with things like this in the headlines day after day?
This week’s —
How do we continue to hide behind religion and culture and commit these violent crimes against the people we have brought into this world?
What is wrong with the adults that they can’t function any better than this?
We are privileged to have our almost-two-year-old nephew stay with us some of the time. If you’ve ever seen a child this age, you know it isn’t easy. It’s a joy but it isn’t easy. They keep you on your toes!
He experiments with his voice. You know how that goes — first there’s quiet babbling while he plays in the living room and you try to get dinner started, then there’s the blood-curdling scream. You dash around the corner to find that he is just playing and made that sound just because. It’s all learning and wonderful and unnerving and tiring and fulfilling and great!
Another thing DN experiments with is petting the cat. This can be difficult — depending on which cat he chooses and how vigorous his “petting” gets. Or he will pat you on the head. Probably all our fault as we fell into this silliness when he was even littler and now play “sneak up on the other guy and pat him on the head.” And laugh. It’s hilarious, you see.
But then the petting and patting is not. It is hitting. Or worse. . .
And I’ll hold his hand and say, “Easy,” and we pet or pat together. And we’ll do that as many times as it takes for him to get the idea that playfully petting and patting is fun and OK and hitting is not and not something we do.
He’s almost two and he almost gets it. He’s much gentler with the cats and with us than he was six months ago. Today we spent a long time just sitting and watching the cat take her bath!
What the heck is wrong with the adults that they don’t get it?
National Spank Out Day is April 30th. Non-violence toward our children — it’s the least we can do.