Sunday, October 10, 2010
When I watch the news, read a paper or talk to kids, it hits me how more difficult their lives are. With the bullying (my son went through several yrs of that in elementary), number of classes that have to be completed in high school just to be able to apply to a college and all the social drama!! I know there wasn't that much drama at my high school. But with that, I look at the opportunities the kids have now too. What a difference! We just got back from a PeopletoPeople in which our area's trip will be next summer to Australia. My son is so geeked about going (now we just have to pay for it!! vbg), but it got me to thinking about what can be available to the kids now. How different would you be if you could do some of the things kids can do today? Would you be more confident? More willing to take risks? Have more empathy or maybe be able to make friends easier? I'm so glad for some of the opportunities we have been able to provide our son especially when he lights up and says "Thanks guys"! He does make it easy because we've been through bad financial times as a family so he appreciates what we can do (but that's a-nother-story). I was just thinking it would be interesting to see how I would have turned out if I had had a few of those opportunities as a young person.