I see you hiding around corners, lurking behind trees and bushes. I see you watching the children as they play their silly games in the park. The children still young enough to think it’s a beautiful world and mommy and daddy can fix everything.
I see your handiwork in the “Hannah Montana” and other celebrities (High School Musical, Gossip Girl) who direct their careers towards elementary school girls and those other young people looking for a hero. You lure them in young and innocent with all of the glittery room accessories, the baubles and perfumes, the complete makeover kits. The dolls and the dress up, teaching our daughters that “slutty” is the new black! And making sure our sons look for girls wearing the new black!
I see you as you follow newly double digit aged kids, those 10-15 year olds who are finding that not only is it not a beautiful world, but mommy and daddy can’t even fix themselves, let alone everything. I see the stain of your touch on those children, their clothes, their iPods and cell phones. What messages are you whispering in their ears as they walk down the street to the beat of whatever music you have convinced them that they need to listen too. I see your plan, you decide who and what is “cool” and then you get them young. But I question who is truly working for you, the kids who everyone wants to be like, or the kids they torment into shooting the school to hell?
I see you as you struggle to maintain your control over the young twenty something kids who have started asking questions you really don’t want to answer for fear they will see you as the lie you are. You start losing control as they start developing lives, ideas and ideals of their own. Well you lose a few. Less that you did 20 years ago, but hopefully more than you will 5 years from now.
That is my hope, that the generation that is coming into its own now has the wherewithal to stand up and put a stop to you, to your lies. That they will be strong where we were weak, educated where we were ignorant, and brave where we ran off to do something else.
Because I have to have hope in something, so I’m putting it into the children we’ve raised with the knowledge, strength and bravery we didn’t have. That they will either rise as an example or lead others in the struggle to survive.
Or else it was all for nothing.