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Loss Of Childhood Fables

Updated on November 15, 2014

Learning To Believe In The Impossible

In this article, I plan to touch on a subject that brings discord to both sides of the picture.

For years, I have watched adults tear away at the enchantment of childhood, a childhood I hold very dear. It was a childhood of mystery, excitement and learning to dream and believe in the impossible. We had faith that, if we were good, we would be rewarded.

I feel that this ability to believe in the impossible is a building block for children as they reach out with their minds, dreaming of a future for themselves. This future is, at that moment, a mystery filled with excitement and hopes of what may seem to some as the impossible.

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Memories Of My Own Childhood Fables

Unperceived Wrong?

My childhood was filled with belief in the Easter Bunny and Santa Claus and, yes, even the excitement and anticipation of Trick or Treating on Halloween with my best friend, Terri.

Not once, during my childhood, did I think my parents lied to me about the Easter Bunny or Santa. Once I knew it was a fable, I lived in anticipation of sharing and reliving the enchantment with my own children and grandchildren. And my children have done the same.

Not once did I think of Satan or Demons when preparing to Trick or Treat. Instead, I was busy planning my costume from my own closet or that of my parents. My costumes were always that of Fairies, spinning tops, or Hobos. That, coupled with a pillowcase from my bed that I knew would be full of sweets by the end of the night to share with my father who waited anxiously for our return.

Not once did I perceive any of this as wrong until I was an adult and heard that they were wrong from other adults. "How sad," I thought, at the time.

The memories I made live on with me every season.

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Learning By Example

My Family

However, because of the adults around me, I also knew the importance of Christ's birth and his death on the cross, never once forgetting what had taken place on that night in Bethlehem or on the hill of Golgotha. I knew these things because my parents and grandparents were my examples and it was the way they lived their lives that taught me the difference between the fables of childhood and the realities of the seasons, as an adult.

Today, I find my little granddaughter is being told by other kindergarten children that there is no Santa Claus. This is the right of other parents who do not want their children to be involved in the enchantment of Santa Claus. However, they are ignoring the rights of those parents who still believe in that innocence of childhood.

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Are We Robbing Our Children Of Innocence?

Of Wonder And Imagination

Children don't see the world as bad until an adult teaches them of the evils of the world they live in. They see only the wonder and beauty of all that is around them.

I feel adults of today are robbing children of their innocence long before they are destined to lose it...long before my sister and I had to lose ours.

Yes, Halloween came about from an evil time. But that time was created by people just like you and I. Why teach our children of such things when they are babies? Why rob them of memories of joy and make believe, leaving them only with memories of demons and Satan when they think of Halloween?

Why rob them of the Easter Bunny and Santa Claus while the world is teaching them of shopping and spending money at Christmas for things they don't need or no one really wants? It never occurred to me to think of shopping at Christmas. It wasn't necessary...Santa was bringing it for me.

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What Is The Real Problem?

Seek A Deeper Meaning

Easter was filled with memories of eggs and candy and baskets and bunnies and new dresses. But most of all, filled with memories of wearing those dresses as we walked up the steps of our church as a family.

The problem here is not the Easter Bunny. The problem is not Santa Claus. The problem is not Trick or Treating on Halloween. The problem is the world we raise our children in, the inability to accept each other, the lack of unity, the lack of family, and most of all, the lack of worship.

If we are the proper example, as my parents were, our children can still have their innocent enchantment of childhood and they won't be sidetracked from God because they will follow their parents to His feet every time.

When a child is raised by Christian parents to love the Lord, though they may stray, they will surely return to Him and the training they received as children.

"Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it." Proverbs 22:6

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Consideration

Recovery

Think about it. Were you really hurt by that enchantment? Are you robbing your child of the ability to dream and believe in the impossible, as we learned to do so many years ago?

When did you turn away from your childhood memories and adopt your lack of belief in enchantment? Rather than robbing our children of their innocence, we should try to recover some of our own.

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Beneath The Star

by Eugenia S. Hunt

Christmas is seen in tiny faces

Of children passing by.

Each one carrying dreams,

Hoping, Santa, they will spy.

I see Christmas in tired eyes

As seniors reminiscence,

And quietly tell their stories

Of long ago and childhood bliss.

Can you catch a glimpse of Christmas?

Can you feel it in the air?

Does it reach out to tickle senses,

Or touch your heart, with need to share?

This year, I feel Christmas

Much stronger than recent years.

I find it hiding 'neath the smiles

Of people filled with fears.

Our need, this year, to believe

In a world turned toward despair.

The need to, once again,

Watch Santa, quietly, from the stair.

To dream again of make believe,

Of Santa and his sleigh.

For just a little while

To see their worries fly away.

Today, as Christmas approaches

And we search for Christmas cheer.

Reach toward the Christ child,

Releasing, to Him, your fear.

For Christmas is much, much more

Than our childhood dreams come true.

Our joy is found beneath the Star,

With Christ's love surrounding you.

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God Versus Tradition

They Are Not The Same

We must first remember how to believe in God with the innocence of a child, the way a child believes in Santa or the Easter Bunny...with all their heart and soul.

Do you believe with all your heart and soul? Or have you lost the enchantment of Christ's birth among the battle over traditions?

Separate God from tradition and learn to see the world through your child's eyes again.

And, then, you may also see His face smiling back at you on Christmas morning.

I was reminded recently by an old friend and long time pastor's wife:

"The bunny and eggs are borrowed pagan symbols that represent a new beginning and new life in Christ."

Seems to me parents today need to educate themselves and rethink their motives.

Have you ever wondered how to handle the "is Santa real" question? You will love this beautiful letter that explains it perfectly!

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Who Is Mom To The Zoo?

My Bio

Born in the small town of Pendleton, South Carolina, in 1950, I was the oldest of two, five years my sister's senior. It was a wonderful place to grow up where the entire town raised its children. I was always surrounded by people who loved and looked out for me. I graduated from High School with the same people who were in my kindergarten class. At 59, my childhood friends are still my friends. I feel so fortunate to have known such a childhood.

After college, I worked at Clemson University until May 1972. At that time, I married and lived in Glyfada, 22 miles from Athens, Greece for two years...via USAF. We then moved to North Dakota for another two years before returning to South Carolina.

We divorced after 16 years and two children. I married my best friend two years later and moved to Florida in 1988 and together we have raised my husband's son and daughter and my son and daughter...one federal officer, one "stay at home" mother and wife, one sixth grade school teacher, and the other, after working for Florida Power and Light since age 19, is now with AT&T. In 1996, I adopted my stepdaughter. We are blessed with four grandsons and one granddaughter.

In 1999, we became foster parents with the Children's Home Society and had a number of children under our roof in the next 5 years. In 2001, we adopted a 13 year old girl, whom we first met at the age of 11, and is now 22. I also have spent more time in a courtroom than I care to think about, fighting for the rights of the children in our care. In 2004, I turned in my license so that I could be a full time Mom to our special needs daughter and keep our infant granddaughter five days a week while her mother was teaching.

Bill, my husband, is a retired USAF Air Traffic Controller. He is now working out of the country, on Ascension Island, with Computer Science Raytheon, as their chief controller, contracted out of Patrick AFB, Florida. This enables him to continue to do the job he loves, air traffic, and aid the military. He flies in and out on furlough and I handle things here at home. I jokingly call myself a Single Married Woman.

Actually, I am a retired Accountant/Credit Manager, now a housewife, where I enjoy writing, singing, piano, and sewing. I have had numerous poems and short stories published and have sung in churches and for church organizations for years, as well as weddings, a couple of variety shows, and even at my daughter's, and later my son's, weddings, one of the hardest things I have EVER done. We are members of Riverside Baptist church where I am a soloist and a member of the Women's Bible Study Group.

And, last but not least, we have two singing dogs. Joey, who is a two and a half year old German Shepherd who thinks himself a lap dog and Whisper, our nine pound, twelve and a half year old poodle, who thinks himself a Doberman.

I have been Mom To The Zoo since the morning after our wedding. My friend, Lee, who was staying with our four children and two dogs answered the phone from a sound sleep, "Hunt Zoo, Zookeeper Speaking."

My life has involved many changes and avenues that I would never have dreamed of and has given me challenges that I never thought I was equal to. But, I have found that God has a plan and, if you follow His lead, you can handle anything he puts in your hands. However, you have to first learn to listen to Him. No matter what we want from life, it must come in His time. He has given my husband and me more than we could have began to imagine back in high school and we have found that what we thought was so important for our futures back then was nothing to what we have done so far. I have learned from our foster children, to look forward to the future and the next challenge with enthusiasm and excitement. If they can trust and love us after what the world has dealt them, we can surely tackle whatever lies ahead with ease. Life is a series of learning experiences and I continue to find life to be both a challenge and a joy which grows with each passing year. I learn more and more about myself with each passing day!

Eugenia

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      Eugenia S. Hunt 3 years ago

      @anonymous: Pete, my pastor read this article and agreed with you...the best... :)

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      Eugenia S. Hunt 4 years ago

      @LisaDH: So do I and that is a wonderful idea...to tell the children why Santa came to be! Thank you so much for sharing!

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      Eugenia S. Hunt 4 years ago

      @Michey LM: Thank you, Michey!

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      LisaDH 4 years ago

      I think childhood fables bring joy and wonder to children, and they can also teach us some wonderful lessons. When my son finally learned the "truth" about Santa Claus, I made sure to tell him about Saint Nicholas, the man behind the myth, and I impressed upon him how that one man's kindness and generosity during his lifetime has inspired MILLIONS of people through hundreds and hundreds of years to spread joy and be kind to one another. Very, very few people in history can leave that kind of legacy. I certainly think it's something worth believing in.

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      Michey LM 4 years ago

      Love "Beneath The Star", thanks!

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      Eugenia S. Hunt 4 years ago

      @Michey LM: Thanks for revisiting, Michey!

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      Michey LM 4 years ago

      It is so wonderful that you come back to this subject, I am 100% agree with you. Let's the kids be kids, and have fun with Santa, Bunny, trick and treat. If I look back in my childhood which was clouded by the communist regime, the best moments and memory I have was the Santa's presents, Easter eve at the church, and at home with relatives and friends.... and all this happened as my parents know to keep the traditions and heritage. Very useful lens.

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      Eugenia S. Hunt 4 years ago

      @siobhanryan: So glad you enjoyed!! Thank you so very much for your blessing!

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      siobhanryan 4 years ago

      Blessed

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      siobhanryan 4 years ago

      Brings back memories

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      Eugenia S. Hunt 6 years ago

      @howtocurecancer: Thank you so much for sharing your Mom's victory with me! You totally hit the nail on the head! It all begins and ends with our faith in God!

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      Michey LM 6 years ago

      This is an excellent news, Love the fact that specific lens in December, just in the Christmas week gets a purple star.

      All the best for you . Merry Christmas for you and your beautiful family.

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      howtocurecancer 6 years ago

      I love this part:

      We must first remember how to believe in God with the innocence of a child...

      I truly believe in God because God helped my mom to cure of breast cancer.

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      Eugenia S. Hunt 6 years ago

      @Michey LM: Thank you, Michey! And Merry Christmas to you, too!!! :)

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      Eugenia S. Hunt 6 years ago

      @GrowWear: Thank you, Mimi...kids need all the support we can give them in this crazy world they are attempting to grow up in! And Merry Christmas to you!

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      GrowWear 6 years ago

      Kudos for such a well-written lens. Happy holidays to you and your family!

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      Eugenia S. Hunt 6 years ago

      @Michey LM: Thank you for sharing, Michey...I totally agree with you!

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      Michey LM 6 years ago

      You added a very nice poem....

      and I agree Christmas is a joy for kids, but it is for all of us as well. Christmas is counting our blessing, generosity, love, hope, joy, and makes our dreams come true.

      Thanks

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      Eugenia S. Hunt 6 years ago

      @anonymous: Thank you so very much for your support!!!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Jeanie, in my opinion, this is the best thing you have written yet!

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      Eugenia S. Hunt 6 years ago

      @Michey LM: Thank you so, so much for your angel blessing, Michey!

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      Michey LM 6 years ago

      For the benefit of all children, I come back to bless this lens, I think my wings are well used.

      Happy Holidays little ones, and be good the Santa is coming in town!

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      Eugenia S. Hunt 6 years ago

      @anonymous: Thank you, Patsy! I am so pleased that you share my concerns. And thank you for the compliment...I know my words have to come from God because I never recognize them as me. I am very glad that I inherited Aunt Mae's ability to tell a story. Thank you for all of your encouragement!

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      Carolan Ross 6 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      Agreed! Great point and beautifully formatted page. To this day I remember when some kid on the playground told me there was no Santa Claus... :-( I think I was around 6 years young! No one should take away the magic of Christmas and Santa Claus from a child.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Jeanie, I am so glad that you decided to write this lens. I agree with everything that you said. Why rob children of these wonderful things. Thank Heaven there is a fantasy land for children. It is just an important part of being a child and believing in magic. Adults need to let their children "just be children." Children of today are growing up way too fast and not really experiencing all of the childhood magic they we experienced. If seems as if they move from childhood to adulthood much too quickly. This is a beautiful lens and I commend you for writing it. You are a super talented writer--keep on writing! You have a God given gift!

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      Eugenia S. Hunt 6 years ago

      @CrossCreations: Thank you so much for sharing your experience with me. I remember the day I found out, too...the magic never returned until I had my first child...with her, again I saw the magic!

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      Eugenia S. Hunt 6 years ago

      @Spook LM: Absolutely!

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      Spook LM 6 years ago

      I couldn't agree with you more. Let children be children. Blessed by an Angel.

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      Eugenia S. Hunt 6 years ago

      @sittonbull: Thank you so much for your wonderful input...I totally enjoyed reading this...your writing is fantastic and I totally agree with every word, especially the last sentence...I'm right out there on that limb with you, friend!!! :o)))))

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      sittonbull 6 years ago

      Well stated and timely Jeanne... and I'm right there with you on this. Hopefully more parents will pay attention... and draw attention to the truth that no child should be deprived of the enchanting experience that Santa, the Easter Bunny, Halloween, the tooth fairy and other traditional fables provide for those early years. These wonderful experiences and traditions we grew up with, however, were supported in our day by all our teachers and leadership in school, and church and throughout the community! Michey hit on another important fact... the sheer abundance of toys and gadgets that many kids are given today has them jaded and lost in the confusion of unrealistic expectations. We used to make a written list for Santa of what we wanted for Christmas to be sent to him up the chimney. We were NEVER sure that we had been quite good enough (although we did try) to get any of it... and we never got but a few of the things we asked for, but thought it was an awful lot. In fact, we were thrilled that Santa overlooked our bad moments enough to bring us anything. We were so fortunate to grow up when we did... and in the community we did. I'm very thankful that my grand kids are enjoying those enchanting experiences, like we did, and I'm proud of their parents for teaching them and leading by example. It's a far different world out there today though... and I am concerned about how committed the leadership in school, church and the community is about supporting those beliefs. I'm also concerned about the abundance of toys... and gadgets they have available... and just trust they do not fall in that trap that unrealistic expectations can spring. The more they believe and trust in the Christmas story, the less that is likely to happen... and they are certainly learning that from their parents. Personally... I'm STILL worried about whether I'VE been good enough to get anything for this Christmas!!!

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      Eugenia S. Hunt 6 years ago

      @Michey LM: Thank you so much, Michey...this is awesome...I hope people read what you have had to say!!! :o)

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      Michey LM 6 years ago

      Jeanie this is beautiful and I am 100% agree with you.

      The problems I see nowadays are:

      1) Parents are too busy to make more money, they neglect their children, with the justification of not having time for them, so it is a wrong concept that "a town" of even a "school" rise the kids. NO, the parents must rise them, the parents must be the role model for them... so in a society in which some % of kids don't have parents at all, or have one parent instead of 2, and that one is bust to provide necessities... Where are role models, who really educate the kids?

      1) If I am polite and have some manners is because they exist in our family, if I am a loving person, is because in our house I learn love, unconditional love

      2) As an adult I remember with joy my childhood, I think that a child who has nothing to remember from his/her childhood is some how handicapped in his adult life, and I am wander how that person will rise his/her own kids

      3) So it is a circle and a confusion as well - school must teach skills, knowledge, not manners, affection, etiquette, a teacher doesn't have time to read a story at bad time to all 30 kids from her class... no way...

      4) A child must remain a child as long as possible. Nobody is more fond of technology as I am, but I don't see the educational benefit of a 7-8 year kid having a wireless phone, I argue this with my friends and the response was all the kids in class have...

      5) The abundance is a problem as well, I remember that at Christmas time I received 2 toys or clothes from parents, one toy from grandma and pa, one toy from an ant who was very close to us ( my father cousin) and that was it, a total of 4 presents, I waited with great anticipation, I wrote letters to Santa, I learned poetry and songs to sing to Santa... and I wasn't sure that I was good enough to get presents from Santa, so the entire process was useful, educational, and taught me to gave presents as well. I have good friends, when her daughter was small enough (5-6 years old), she got under the tree 30 presents... it was no joy for the kid, she unwrap each box, look for a second and unwrap the next one.... I remember sleeping in bed with my unique doll I got at Christmas...

      6) As you very eloquent put it, in this generation we rob kids to an educational, and affective childhood treating them as adults and not as kids at an age in which they don't even understand adult life... it is wrong

      7) Taking out religion and history from kid's life and education is also wrong... this is how we get Obama...

      This is my personal opinion

      Thanks for writing this lens

      Michey

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      Eugenia S. Hunt 6 years ago

      @anonymous: Thanks, Bill...it was time to get to the Heart of the Subject!

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      Eugenia S. Hunt 6 years ago

      @anonymous: Thanks, Emily...so glad you appreciated this lens. I agree...I have great memories!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Like this very much. Gets to the Heart of the Subject..

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Jeanie, I thought this this was a great way to describe the holidays and what they mean to each of us. I believed the same as you and I still believe in reliving childhood memories. Go for it girl. Love you.

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      Eugenia S. Hunt 6 years ago

      @OhMe: Absolutely! And I continue to make them with Devin! Don't want to miss out on that and I don't want Devin to miss out on it!

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      Eugenia S. Hunt 6 years ago

      @Virginia Allain: Thank you so much...I am so glad you understand how I feel. People have just gotten a little crazy! :) And thanks for the typo information...so glad you caught it!

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 6 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      Well written, as usual, and very thought provoking. I hope children can continue to be children and believe in the Easter Bunny and Santa Claus. As you said, it sure didn't hurt us and left us with many fond memories.

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      Virginia Allain 6 years ago from Central Florida

      Well thought through and attractively presented. I had problems with people trying to demonize Halloween when I had storytimes with the children in costumes and I read a simple little witch story. Now, really people, get a grip.

      I didn't turn into a witch after reading the Wizard of Oz and your children won't be corrupted by Harry Potter's magic.

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      Eugenia S. Hunt 6 years ago

      @anonymous: Thank you, Kathy. I just wonder how long it will take before people realize the mistakes being made.

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      Eugenia S. Hunt 6 years ago

      @anonymous: Thank you, Betty...I agree...life has changed so much from our past but children really haven't...their needs are still the same as they always were.

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      Eugenia S. Hunt 6 years ago

      @anonymous: Thank you so much for your input, Patsy. I agree with you...kids need to "just be kids" first before being expected to take on adult situations. They are missing so much!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Wow!! That really is an important lesson for me and others to understand and pass on!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Very nice and thoughtful.... I'm sure that so many will be in complete agreement with you. I'm not adament about these holiday traditions since my kids and grandkids are grown...and I don't hear much about the "good old days" anymore as I knew them. As for Halloween...when I was a kid we put on a sheet and were ghosts or wore our father's tie and hat and pretended to be boys...it didn't cost a cent...no one had a cent during the depression. My mother in law talked about her Christmas (about 100 years ago) when she and her sister each got a new doll dress made by their mother and their brother got a toy horn and they also each got an orange...that didn't run up credit cards either. Well times have changed. I hope that your grandchildren enjoy all the wonderful things that you wish for them. In this world I only wish that our kids and grandkids would know what PEACE is like!!! No more war and no more killing....and good will toward everyone....what a dream. I've had to admit that most of us are not living in the best of times now but I won't go into that depressing tirade. So enjoy the season and we'll all pray for a better day.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Jeanie, This is wonderful! I totally agree with you on every topic you covered. Our children are growing up much too fast in this fast paced world. They are missing some of the wonderful things that were dear to us when we were growing up. Children are maturing at a much faster rate than we did. There are many reasons: the kinds of food they eat, television, technology, etc. Parents need to read and hear this. Parents are spending too much time grooming their kids for college and not letting them "just be kids." I guess this is all based on the very competitive world we live in today. Kids do not have enough time to "just play." Parents think that they need to be involved in multiple activities and this fact is stealing precious "make believe" times.

      I really like what you have written.