Thursday, 21 January 2010
The other day I was at my aunt’s house babysitting my little cousins. We were having fun in the living room playing “Don’t Step in the Lava!” You know that game where you put couch cousins or blankets on the floor and jump from one to the next without touching the floor, I mean lava. Well, while we were busy playing I had forgotten that the TV was still on. That is until my 4-year-old cousin asked “Michelle, why is that little boy being carried?”
The TV channel was on NBC and the last I had checked Martha Stewart had been on so I whipped around to see what on earth Martha was up to. Since when did Martha carry little boys around on her show? It wasn’t Martha; it was a preview for the upcoming news segment on the tragedy in Haiti.
Quickly, I turned around to see what my cousin was talking about. I caught a glimpse of a little boy, covered in dust, being carried by what appeared to be a Dr. Thank goodness the preview was short for in seconds a commercial about Febreze was coming on. I felt horrible that my cousin had seen that poor little boy from Haiti.
At first I wasn’t sure how to respond to his question. I had a feeling he was oblivious to the situation that was going on in Haiti so I was not about to explain it to him. I quickly replied that the boy was fine and that he was just being carried because he was tired.
My cousin responded by shrugging his shoulders and saying “Oh.” Phew! I let out a breath of relief and immediately turned off the TV. We promptly went back to playing and having a blast. All was well but it had been a close call!
I just don’t feel young children need to know about all of the awful things going on in this world. If I could protect my cousins from tragedy forever I would.
Do you protect your children from tragedy? How do you share the events happening around the world with your children?