We All Were Children After All

Orangeberry Books

I’ve never understood people who say they don’t like kids. They were once kids after all. Did they like being so easily dismissed by grown ups?

Not to mention I thought we were raised to avoid gross generalizations. There aren’t that many groups left you can publicly and happily state you don’t like. And what is to be gained from dismissing an entire group? You miss out on some interesting individuals that way.

Anyway, recently I met–in a cyberspace sort of way–a woman working on an anthology of stories from childhood. Dr. Niamh Clune is part of a new publishing venture that this week is coming out with their first book: Every Child Is Entitled to Innocence.

The proceeds will go to Child Helpline International, an organization that works to establish global helplines for children.

Perhaps you’d be interested in the book or at least passing this news on. You could friend Orangeberry on Facebook if you like, tweet, or participate in their Light-a-Candle campaign.

Somewhere between the time I was three and a stranger shot our family dog and ten years later when a strange man appeared at my bedroom window, I learned the world isn’t a safe place. We can’t protect children from every heartbreak in life–and if we did how would they learn empathy and develop as full human beings? But too many things children don’t need to experience, and I wish all us grown ups would give more thought to that.

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7 responses to “We All Were Children After All

  1. Firstly, I agree that dismissing an entire age group is a gross injustice. However, I do think we should try and be open-minded about people who aren’t particularly fond of children. They could simply be afraid of the intense innocence, honesty and vulnerability that children represent.

    And as for the protecting children from certain aspects of life, I agree to an extent. I think what you experience as a child tends to dictate how you act and grow and feel as an adult and that if you’ve had a wonderful, warm childhood, you’re more likely to develop healthier habits in adulthood. But I also think that overly sheltered children tend to suffer more than those who are exposed to a wide range of people and experiences. Balance, I think, is key.

    • Oh, I totally agree that overly sheltered children are at a disadvantage, and they tend to grow up to be maddening adults. And by accepting children, I don’t mean to suggest wanting to hang out with them. I was thinking more of a coworker of mine who thought that grocery stores should have day cares where parents had to drop off their kids while they shopped. I know kids can scream and drive people crazy, but they’re part of society too. Anyway, like you said–balance.

      And I also think the the point of the book isn’t to keep every child sheltered from life’s normal ups and downs. I think it is to avoid the extreme of abuse.

      Thank you for reading. The topic of children always brings out a lively discussion!

      • Yes – balance! Exposure to life without jeopardising their right to innocence.
        Your colleague reminds me of my mother – infuriated by screaming children! But she obviously had me and was a wonderful mother so her intention was never to disregard children as a part of society. I guess she was just frustrated by inconsiderate parents; the kind who do nothing about screaming children and allow their kids to run loose in restaurants and the likes.
        As with any social class or age group subjected to stereotyping, you really need to take into account each child as an individual. In the grocery store, I’m sure, as there are children who scream, there are those who politely sit in their parents’ trolleys.

  2. Thank You Marta for posting the news about the publication of Every Child is Entitled to Innocence. The point of this collection of stories is to give voice to those who were abused as children, whether sexually, emotionally or physically. We have counterpointed deeply unhappy childhoods with wonderful, magical stories of childhood. The book is a celebration of the power of the creative imagination, and how it helps the human spirit triumph against all the odds. These contributions are written by inspirational people who have used the sorrow or joy of childhood in service of the greater good.

    • And I forgot to add, as you are so modest and have not mentioned your own contribution to Orangeberry Books that we cannot thank you enough, Marta,for your beautiful, beautiful art work for our web-site to help us launch this little book and all those that will follow.

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