It’s Not A Myth…
It Really Does Take A Village
As I am sitting here in the quiet and listening to the soft sounds of rain, I am reminiscing about my childhood. I grew up on the south side of Chicago, in the 70’s, when the highlights were family barbeques, fish fries, and neighborhood parties. It is not a myth when you hear someone say that it takes a village to raise children, because we had one. Those mornings when I would wake up to see my mother standing over the stove and hear my father fiddling with the stereo with his apron on, I knew it was friends and family time. I can still smell the barbeques at 6:00 in the am and the music on blast. The only worries we had growing up was figuring out teams for the games we were going to play. We were fortunate enough to live next to a huge field. There were plenty of kids to play with, spaces to explore, and adults to look out for us. We didn’t have a care in the world. The children today are living under a new set of day-to-day commands.
Rehearsing the news of the school shootings, children deaths, and prison bound kids, I am disheartened. The youth today are in mental and physical combat zones. Yes, trauma occurred then too, but we had time to grow to the strife’s of the world. On a visit to the neighbor’s house, the only fears I had were if their kids could come out or if I could come in. Now-a-days the kids are on guard just to sit in classrooms to learn. The adults are treating children as equals in adverse situations, so the kids aren’t shielded. The business of life keeps everyone going in different directions until tragedy hits. Times have changed. This could quickly turn into a debate of did the chicken come before the egg or did the egg come before the chicken. It is not the intent to point the finger, more like expressing a need. Where are the “how to’s” of getting children the protection they need. No, we aren’t going to save the world individually; however, we can partner with our communities and other families to create a safe place for children to grow.
To those who are already plowing safe ground for our children, I applaud you.
To those who are not, we need you.
As a parent, I was just thinking out loud.
Cheryl Menifee is an editor from Missouri.
Article published May 20, 2018