I have always felt that children are forced to grow up too fast. Childhood is such a short period of time and then the heavy responsibilities of adulthood weigh heavily for the majority of our lives. This is one of the reasons that I have home schooled The Native's when possible. I want my children to be children for as long as possible.
I am reading a biography right now about a WWII POW. He was taken by the Japanese and at such a young age, went through and survived. A time when a lot of young men would be considered in the prime of their lives, their twenties, was gone. Child hood snatched cruelly from so many lives. War and hard times will do that.
As we have celebrated Passover week and Easter weekend, I'm sure I come across as ridiculous putting together Easter baskets for the older Native's and as I sit here and watch them look for eggs hidden by the Easter Bunny I smile and enjoy that even though they know the truth, it is still a magical moment in their lives that they look forward to. Allowing them to be children.
I know that in a year and a half, my oldest will be leaving the nest. My oldest who has already had a lot of responsibility placed on his shoulders from a very young age. Call me silly, but I enjoy giving him and the other Native's some childhood magic because I know that when the first leaves, the second will be perched ready to leave and then the next, and then the next........... and I will be left with The SM and God willing, Levi.
When that happens......... watch out because I better have grand babies by then that will need some magic!