Childhood has its advantages

When you were just a child did you ever wonder what adulthood might look like? I remember my childhood well, wasn’t so concerned about it really, although wanted more than anything that it might end, release me and offer me my adulthood. Funny, I thought my problems would end as soon as adulthood arrived. Looking back now, I see that my childhood was pretty much problem free compared to the problems that adulthood presents.

I wanted nothing more than to become an adult, to get out into the big bad world and make a go of things for myself.

As a child though I didn’t really have a care in the world, even if I thought I did at the time. I didn’t have to worry about paying bills, keeping a roof over my head, food in the fridge, going to work every day or being a parent. I didn’t have to worry about the future either really. The days seemed longer and everything appeared so much larger than life. The world was huge and full of wild adventures.

I left school back in 1983, gladly left classrooms and teachers behind me. Strange that I work within the school system now really considering how I hated school as a child. 1983 was the year that President Ronald Reagan announced a defense plan called ‘Star Wars’. It was the year that the U.S. Embassy in Beirut was bombed and that Sally Ride became the first American woman in space. The Soviet Union shot down a Korean Airliner and people wondered if war might break out as a result. On a better note, Cabbage Patch Kids were suddenly very popular. Just saying.

I probably didn’t know who Sally Ride was back then, thought Star Wars was just another movie and that President Reagan was getting more than friendly with British Prime Minister, Margaret Thatcher. Cabbage Patch Kids were not my thing and if somebody was to mention the Soviet Union, I would probably say something stupid like, ‘there are no reds under my bed’. Not so sure I knew what it meant mind you.

As an adult though, I feel that I am surrounded by problems and I don’t mean the everyday problems that all adults have to deal with. I am thinking deeper today. I am the proud father of a sixteen year old. My son is my pride and joy and I want nothing more than for him to have a great life. I want my son to march into adulthood and to experience the wonders of life, as I did three decades ago. I want him to love life as I do and I want him to breathe fresh air.

Did you know the air quality in Beijing, China is so bad that the city’s pollution monitoring center has warned residents to stay indoors. At present, pollution levels are 30-45 times above the recommended safety levels. A city with almost 20 million people is so thick with smog that it is disrupting traffic.

Continuation in just two days …

Gavin

 

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