As a woman firmly planted in middle age as a member of Generation X, I found myself again this week watching the tragic events on the news with a tremendous feeling of sadness at the lives shattered and the continued loss of innocence for the new generation of children growing up in this world.  Being born in the violent and turbulent 1960s, growing up it still felt like there was a protective cocoon around many elements of childhood.  On a simple summer day, the worst thing you might have heard was “last one in is a rotten egg”

and the worst thing that could happen on a visit to the store for school supplies was that your mom might not buy you that cool Scooby Doo lunchbox.  There was absolutely no idea that future generations could have bulletproof backpacks on their school supply checklist.

My first summer box office movies at the theater were Grease and Jaws and as children we thought everyone was at the theater to enjoy the movie and be petrified of ever jumping in the water again.

Last Friday when I went to the theater to see three of my favorite guys, Dwayne Johnson, Jason Statham and Idris Elba, in Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw

the notice before movies to keep all of your belongings close and report any suspicious behavior hit me again as a reminder that the movie theater has joined a long list of places that are no longer safe zones for children without the watchful eyes of a parent.

I do not have any children (if you met any of my dogs over the years you would definitely appreciate that decision), but I vaguely remember what it was like to be a child

and it’s heartbreaking to know that the moments in a child’s life where they feel safe in their environment, whether it is in schools, stores, movie theaters, restaurants or walking through their neighborhood, is continually being threatened and shrinking.

23 Replies to “The Week In Seven Photos”

    1. Thank you!🙂 The shock and sadness deepens daily as we are now living in a society this year that is on pace to average more than one mass shooting a day. Lives and communities forever changed and so many people suffering and seeking answers. In this new reality just when you think something might be done to keep children and communities safer, attention suddenly shifts to a new topic and any solutions seem to quickly fade away.

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  1. Excellent commentary on how childhood delights have been stolen or made unreasonably scary for the current generation of young ones. Bulletproof backpacks? What a world…
    On a more positive note, great photographs, and I hope the movie was as ridiculously entertaining as the over the top trailer makes it out to be. The three leads ooze charisma (from my eyebrows up, it’s been said I’ve more than a passing resemblance to Statham and Johnson!)
    Here’s hoping for a peaceful weekend for all.

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    1. Thank you!🙂 I was struck by so many things watching the news coverage of the tragic events this week and saddened again by how quickly lives and communities are forever changed. I know as adults each week it seems we view our society and communities with more vigilant eyes, but I can’t believe we now have to ask that of the children today and send them off to school to go through lockdown drills and wear bulletproof backpacks. I hope somehow children are missing much of what is going on and can still enjoy being children most days. The movie was fabulous and the stunts were almost as good as my favorite guys. I think you need to include a photo on your blog doing The Rock’s People’s Eyebrow so I can get a better idea of the resemblance. Let’s hope for peaceful and quiet times ahead.

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    1. I’m not sure if it’s my middle-aged eyes looking at the world or the drastically changing times, but there is such a sadness knowing how many lives are forever changed daily and what our society is losing in this tragic cycle. I know children are resilient, but it’s heartbreaking to know what their new normal contains. Thankfully, I am reminded of the positive on summer days spent at the park walking Harper with the distant sound of children happily playing or fishing.

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    1. Harper loves all these extra hugs!!🙂 I can’t believe how much has changed for the children of today and it saddens me greatly to know the unacceptable conditions of their new world and the simple days of my childhood that they will never experience.

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      1. So glad the hugs are appreciated! 🙂
        I know what it is like to live with a lot of fear (and threats) because my father was very cruel and abusive. Plus a lot of the nuns teaching at the parochial school that i had to attend were quite mentally ill and off the beam. It made me independent early and helped me to question what was taught to me, which i am very grateful for in the long run. 🙂

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      2. It’s sad to have to be raised in an atmosphere of fear whether it is at home, at school or wandering through the world close to home. I’m afraid we have reached the unbelievable point in our society between the home life and public that very few children are now spared from fear, violence and insensitivity.

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    1. Thank you!🙂 It was another incredibly sad week and many days I dread that we will never find any solutions to stop this violence, but I do continue to hope that somehow we will find the answers and create safe environments for children and prevent more lives from being shattered.

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  2. As a child of the somewhat freer and safer seventies, I often wonder what sort of world my little granddaughters have entered. What happened to the innocent days of being chucked out of the house in the morning, not expected back till midday to be fed quickly then out to play again till teatime? I was safe and free, we all were, even those who injured themselves falling out of trees, taught us about risk assessment. Great piece, by the way, sad to think it’s true.

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    1. Thank you!🙂 I remember those summer days of falling out of a few trees and spending the days outdoors and never being afraid. We were out on our bikes all day throughout the neighborhood without a worry and now that so much has changed over the years, it’s very sad to know that for children those freer and safer days are gone.

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