Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Bursting Bubbles




The other day the girls and I went to our favorite park to go on a bike ride/walk/run. The girls rode their bikes while I pushed Hailey in the stroller. After awhile of this, I realized that maybe it wasn't the best idea to have the girls on bikes because they were so far ahead of me. I started to get anxious and my mind started to wander as I began to think about all of the horrible things that could happen in just a couple of minutes. I decided to run the rest of the way but not before I pulled them aside and gave them the whole "not everyone in the world is good" talks. I hate those kind of talks. The kind where the perfect little bubble world that children live in is burst as they learn and are exposed more and more to the harsh reality of the evil and corruption in the world that surrounds them.

But then as I was passing an old man who was out walking, we began to talk and just as quickly as the pessimistic thoughts had entered my head, they were replaced with ones filled with optimism and hope. Optimism for the future and hope in mankind because all though there is a lot of bad of people out there, there are also LOTS of good ones. Ones who are still virtuous and honest, ones who still put family first, ones who still believe in marriage between a man and a woman, and ones who still put their trust in God...no matter what the future may bring or how bubble busting our reality appears.

6 comments:

Mandy said...

You are right, Melissa. Those talks are tough, and sometimes I feel like I'm making them afraid, but I think that's the difference between us and the parents who came a generation or two before us. We know that if we talk to our kids about these things openly, they will be more likely to tell us when something isn't right. It's so important. What is really hard is when you have to warn them about family members -- none of us want to believe that it's necessary, but it is.

Ryan and Tonya said...

I am so grateful for all of the good. I often times try to balance so many negatives of the world by pointing out to my children the good things that I see. It is unfortunate that we need to make our children aware, at such a young age, that there are evils out there - that they need to constantly be aware of.

Stefi Patterson said...

I love that first picture of Kate and Cloey. It perfectly represents Kate's fun and quirky side while Cloey is forever being prime and proper. It's the best!!!

Stefi Patterson said...

That is supposed to say prim not prime

Sherrie said...

Just when I thought my granddaughters couldn't get any cuter you go and post pictures and then
I find that I am wrong once again.
I love them!

Armando Codina said...

I think that's the difference between us and the parents who came a generation or two before us. We know that if we talk to our kids about these things openly, they will be more likely to tell us when something isn't right. It's so important. thanx.

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