***By the way doesn't my daughter above look beautiful - she is modeling my looonnnnggg Publix receipt, that stretches from the top of the fridge to the bottom, from this morning. The clerk said it was the longest she has seen in a very long time. Saved 65% though :) WAHOOO!!!
OK back to my SHOCKING TITLE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Why is it that our society is now HATING CHILDREN??? You may not agree. Well, I encourage you to look at the latest that has plastered the news. And I don't even watch the news, but I do see what others post on facebook, and read a few titles on yahoo mail. IF that is all I see and I have seen too much then surely you have too!
Restaurants banning children, grocery stores advertising "childless store hours", airplanes having child free areas of the plane? I have to be really honest- IT MAKES ME SICK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Let us be very clear on this! I am not SAYING everyone should have 8+ children.....although I LOVE IT.....I know it is not everyone's calling. That is fine. BUT A NEED TO GET RID OF CHILDREN tells me one thing. Our society is becoming a sad place. One that does not value what all children represent- innocence, energy, imagination, fun, playfulness, and oh soo much more!!!
I don't know about you, but I would never want to get rid of - THIS :) I mean what kind of place would that be?? A place without silly sayings, without lots of questions all day long, a place of no made up words, a place that lacks creativity, a place void of the beautiful first steps, first smiles, first reading of a book, first time they do well on a paper, or win a game.
A place where your child doesn't fall asleep in your arms, or falls asleep in the car and they go limp in your arms as you carry them up to bed.
Soooo......I know oh so well that they are NOISY, SOMETIMES RUDE or OBNOXIOUS!!!! And it can be very hard to handle. It can pierce your ears to the point you wonder how the glass isn't breaking (must be shatter proof right.?). I know there are parents who don't know how to parent, become too tired to parent, sometimes have to parent on their own all the time, or have children that have some deep hurts and it is sooo hard. I used to point and say- well, I am better than that.
NOW- that I am well, mostly grown up :) he he he. I know a lot better! I know that ALL PARENTS have hard days, months, and years. I know that ANYONE of us parents can have a child that throws fits with the best of them. I know that noise although it can still be really hard to listen too- it is sometimes the only thing the child can control at the moment. And that for them is the way they have to let you know how they are feeling.
I know that GOD DID NOT INTEND for children to be silent, controlled to the point of breaking the child's spirit that was set in them by the CREATOR, or for them to not run and PLAY like their bodies were created for and they need to do.
I pray that all of us- whether we have 14 children, 1 child, or no children will seriously look at what scriptures say about the PRIVILEGE of raising children. AND APPLY that to our society. To stand up for children to be included. Why would we want to live in a society that bans children from places......reminds me of a time in our history where we discriminated against people with certain skin colors and now we are replacing that with age? It breaks my heart.