I can’t speak to the road women travel from being girls to becoming
women, but I can about the road boys take to becoming men.
It is a road that begins at birth, and not always an easy one.
Some will make it and some will fall by the wayside.
Their journey will be influenced by such variables as the quality
of parenting, the examples they are provided, education, and the
physical elements of their environment- if they’re born with a silver
spoon in their mouth or a bottle of watered down powdered milk.
Some things can be compensated for to a degree- things like the powdered
milk or poverty-but an abusive home cannot.
Children are at once the least among us due to their dependency, but
also the most valuable, as they are the future that change will come
Not a one of them asked to be here, nor did they have option to
pick and choose where and what they would be born into.
That to me speaks to a tremendous responsibility on the parents
behalf-too often we hear that a child was an “accident”, not planned,
or maybe even conceived as a a result of rape.
As to accidents, in this day and age removing rape from the equation
it’s a little difficult for me to understand how a child could be conceived
“accidentally”, but I suppose it happens.
Yet the fact remains the nations have always referred to children as
a gift, as sacred-something too many among us seem to be forgetting.