PEANUT BUTTER AND JELLY WITH THE CRUSTS OFF
My 9 year old still doesn’t like the crusts on his PB&J sandwiches. Moms out there can relate – it is a pain in the neck to take the crusts off. And messy. Some days you just think, “One more thing. . . .”
But those missing crusts mean something. Mom cares. Mom lets me be me. And Mom isn’t trying to rush me into the next phase of life.
We live in a society where we are growing up fast. Kids movies are rated PG-13. Video games portray a lot of violence. TV shows encourage being sexually enticing. Music and everything else is readily available on the web.
Don’t get me wrong – I’m not one to ask us all to go back to the 1950s or the Dark Ages. I love technology. I support it and I support it’s growth. But there is a balance there. We have to make sure that we do not lose our humanity as we advance into metal pieces and bits and bytes. And our humanity has always connected with the natural world – that world of climbing trees and jumping rope and skipping and swimming and playing pretend games thought up in our very own brains as we feel the wind in our faces.
My kids are constantly forced to face adult issues online, on TV and in movies. I have tried my best to shelter them as long as I could, but they are getting older. They are transitioning from little boys to big boys and big girl to teenage girl.
I cut off the crusts every day. He means something to me and for right now, I’m OK that he’s still my little boy.