LIFE IN A SIMPLER TIME



I don’t get up on a soap box very often, but Halloween usually puts me there. Why? Because I get frustrated with the world our children are growing up in and some of the adults that have taken the innocence out of that world.


When I was a kid Halloween was about 3 things. Dressing up, collecting candy, and sharing scary stories with the lights out with a flashlight pressed to your chin. If there was an ulterior meaning to the day, we were oblivious. We didn’t believe witches were real, we’d never heard of the zombie apocalypse & ghost hunters, and vampires were just characters in the scary stories. It wasn’t about Satan, it wasn’t about selling out to some nameless dark side. It was about the candy. It was about being a kid.


When I was a kid we thrived on imagination and the benevolent beings that lived there. The tooth fairy was one of the good guys (girls). Her visit was a reward for being brave when you lost a tooth. Each quarter she slipped under your pillow brought you a step closer to maturity as the baby teeth fell out. It wasn’t about deception. It was about being a kid.

 





 When I was a kid we woke up on Easter morning to colorful baskets stuffed with candy. We hunted Easter eggs after church. In December we wrote letters to Santa, left cookies and milk by the fire place, and hardly slept for the excitement of Santa’s impending visit. It wasn’t about believing a lie over the truth. It wasn’t about substituting a secular fantasy for Biblical fact. It was about being a kid. You see I was lucky. My parents gave me the fun of childhood and taught me the truth I’d need as an adult. 

When I was a kid it was possible for truth and fun to co-exist.

But those were simpler times I guess. Before the world grew either too educated, or judgmental, or corrupt, or scared.

I’m glad I grew up in that world instead of this one. 

What piece of childhood do you miss the most?

13 comments:

  1. Well said, Sharon! I enjoyed these same childhood experiences and am now sharing them with my own children. I think childhood should be fun, magical, and imaginative!

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    1. Britney, A little childhood magic and a whole lot of Biblical truth makes a wonderful combination.

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  2. Oh my gosh, Sharon, you hit the nail right on the head!!! The kids of today are forced to grow up way too soon! It's sad enough they can't safely play anywhere in the neighborhood until dusk sets in. Let them have the magic of childhood & stretch their imagination!

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    1. Kids today are little adults tied to some electronic device by the time they are 10. It's sad.

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  3. Halloween was always fun. When Halloween fell on a church night, we went trick or treating in our church clothes :-)

    We were indulged in the fun stuff and I try my best to make sure my grand-kids enjoy the fun stuff too.

    I remember church Halloween parties, bobbing for apples. I remember giant Easter egg hunts too. Real eggs too! Santa's impending visit too. We always had our Dad read the Bible about the birth of Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior before we opened Christmas presents.That was every year except my Dad's last Christmas. He didn't read from the Bible. Made me sad and really sad now...


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  4. You must understand that I know how dangerous it is for kids to go trick or treating in this day. I's so grateful for churches like mine and yours, that offer a safe, fun alternative for the kids to be kids with costumes and candy and fun.

    We read the Christmas story to our kids, grands and great grands, every year before we open gift. It's a lovely tradition, and a moment to share some truth with the ones who might not hear it from their parents.

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  5. Move over, Sharon, and make room for me on that soapbox! I'm with you 100%, and I think there is a lot of hypocrisy regarding innocent children's time for "make believe." I celebrated the same holidays you did, and as a Christian I think it's time for all Christians to start behaving like Christ followers. There are numerous forked tongues out in "Facebookland" and the rest of the world who profess Christianity and speak evil against others. Hmm... I wonder where they get the idea they can criticize and publish horrible things about other people. I know I'm off topic here a bit, but a lot of it started with the little things like children believing in the Easter Bunny, Santa Claus, etc. Now it's about attacking other Christians. I'll keep Santa and the Easter Bunny, etc. alive for my grandchildren for as long as they choose to believe! I love you and your candid comments! Now I will step down off our soapbox go back to the books!

    Oh.... to answer your question! LOL! I miss it all!

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    1. Nancee, sometimes I wish we could turn the clock back, just a little.

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    2. I do too, Sharon. Priorities were so different when we were young.

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  6. I'm in agreement with you all. One year, when my husband was in charge of the Christian Ed program, he planned a play called "Merry Tiffton" that we 1st heard on D James Kennedy's radio program, which touched our hearts. This is a parable based on the old television program called The Millionaire, in which a very wealthy man would pick a person out of the
    blue anybody and give him a million dollars. The secretary of the rich
    man would bring a cashier s check in person. The program would then
    demonstrate how this new-found wealth would change the life of the
    recipients. The parable proceeds to tell how, the people eventually decided to celebrate Mr. Tiffton with a special day (his birthday) and people would say, "Merry Tifton" on this day. It was set up to remember what he had done for people to change their lives and how eventually, the people began to honor the day instead of the person, and eventually Mr. Tifton was not even invited to his own party--much like Christmas today--we celebrate the day, but forget the reason for the season. Anyway, when we put on this play for the annual "Children's Christmas Program", some said it was sacrilegious! Another year, my husband commented at the beginning of the program, "Isn't it fun to pretend about Santa?" And someone said, "How dare you take away from the children who still believe in Santa!" We always talked to our children about how Santa, the Easter Bunny, and other fictional characters involved with holidays were make believe--just like the other fairy tales we read. When our children were little, their idea of real vs. pretend was quite limited, so they still "believed", but there was never a point where they suddenly found out that these pretend characters were not real. There was never a point of "you lied to me?" We also took our children trick or treating, and our grandchildren all do the same--in neighborhoods we trust or in stores and/or churches. I even attended an early Halloween Party that a friend held for a small group of ladies, and Heaven forbid--I dressed up as a witch! I was NOT promoting witch-craft or anything evil, I was having fun with a pretend character! I'm sure some of those people in our past church would have a heart attack to know that I dressed as a witch, but how about stories like "The Wizard of Oz" or "The Lion, the Witch & the Wardrobe" (FYI: written by a Christian)? Let our children be children and let them pretend, just as their parents and grandparents did when we were little! Some Christians are so quick to judge and this is so sad to me...leave fiction as just that--fiction! Sorry I went so long, but like you, this is something that gets me on a soap box...
    Vicki

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  7. FYI--the comment about taking away the children's belief in Santa was said to him after the service was over... Another year he did a humorous Children's play (found in a Christian book of Christmas plays) called the "Three Wiseguys"--he heard about that one too...we were rather naughty I guess... ;-)

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    1. Vickie, Thanks so much for your story. It breaks my heart to think of the childhood magic being stripped from our world.

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