Don’t Grow Too Fast

Written by on January 20, 2006 in Conversations on the Healing Journey with 0 Comments

Well, I’ve been pretty busy…needed a little time to go through the number of feelings that were invoked by my sister’s birthday and my dear friend’s funeral.

I’ve, also, been very busy homeschooling my little girl. I look at my child and am just amazed at how much she’s growing. Last night as she laid in bed, asleep, I watched over her a whle and whispered to her, “Don’t grow too fast.”

She is, you know.

I try to honor her childhood, to let her be a kid. But it’s hard in this society, in this culture where she’s bombarded by so much that’s antithical to youthful innocense. It’s like as soon as you move on from pre-school stuff, you become an hard ass kid, and then a precocious adult.

It seems to me that children are growing much too fast these days. Part of it is our culture, a large part of it I think. Part of it appears to be accelerated biology. Perhaps, that too, is our culture…our consumption habits and eye for profit above all, that leads us to laden our meat and dairy products with growth hormones, with little care for its affects (as long as it’s not toxic, but what’s the definition for that?) and our society filled with sexual images and messages, with little regard to what constant exposure can elicit in younger children on a physiological and psychological level. Oh well, it’s fun, and we adults like being tintilated.

Don’t grow up too fast. You’ve got the rest of your life to be an adult. Savor this moment. Savor your childhood, and the unique perspectives you can only have from this place. Society doesn’t much value it, except in sentimental Norman Rockwell fantasies.

But the real stuff, that’s you, baby. Be…it’s beautiful, as you are.

I find it so ironic. I had my childhood stripped from me….and today…guess, there’s many ways rob a kid of their childhood.

About the Author

About the Author: Demian Yumei, author, singer/songwriter and artist activist, using spoken, written word and original songs in her human rights activism. Demian is a traveler on the healing journey with a lifelong love affair with the creative process. .


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