Keeping them In A Bubble

“Seven days. Seven black and white photos of your life. No people. No explanation. Challenge someone new each day.”

Thanks, A Momma’s View for the challenge


Bang: You’re a senior. 40, 41, 42, year olds are seniors.
Me: If I’m a senior then what is Nanny? (DW’s mom)
Bang: Meh… she’s just an old woman.


Crash was in primary when he learned he wouldn’t live forever. He took it pretty rough and for the next few months he’d get worried about it. It was during that phase that the Sandy Hook shootings occurred. He knew nothing about it, nor did we tell him.

Two years later, in 2013, we were watching the Boston Marathon. We had friends there and me being an “avid” runner, we were interested. Then everything changed. Crash knew people had been hurt, but watching it on TV, for him it wasn’t exactly real. It was very real and we didn’t tell him the final outcome.

We’ve read Jerry Spinelli’s Maniac Magee so he’s heard of racism. He’s never witnessed it. He’s never heard of it in the real world. In his world every is treated equally no matter where they’re from or what color their skin might be or what gender they are.

He knows President Tweetsalot is in office to the south of us. He knows DW and I don’t like him. He doesn’t know why. He doesn’t know all controversy the President has caused.

He’s a pre-teen now. He’s told us so himself. How much longer can we keep this big, bad world from him? Should we even be keeping it from him in the first place? How much is too much?

I just want to keep them all wrapped up in our happy bubble…

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15 thoughts on “Keeping them In A Bubble

  1. Can’t keep them that much longer in a bubble, can we? Wish I could too…
    We do tell the kids of what’s going on in the world and having to explain lots of things since they watch news/animal planet with us. And they know our sentiments on Mr Tweetalot. We love their questions. For now they are still in a little bubble. 😊

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    • If the boys were ask about current events, I would gladly tell them, but I find it’s not something I’m going to just tell them. Perhaps if we told them about all the bad things it would help them want to do better?

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  2. Can’t keep them like that forever. What we did was have discussions at dinner. Drugs, racism, dole bludgers etc and you’d be surprised at what the kids come up with. Current affairs are good topics to discuss. We’ve been doing it all these years. It’s a way of steering them into the right direction.

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  3. I have always tried to be as honest as possible with my son, but at times, it is impossible to explain to a child, why humans like hurting other humans, or racism. He knows about the political system in the UK and he seems to know about Brexit, but doesn’t understand it, as he grows older, he will discover these things for himself and hopefully I would of taught him enough for him to be able to handle it, its a thin line though.

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    • If the boys were ask about things going on in the world, I would gladly tell them. Like when we saw the Marathon Bombing on TV. We told him what we knew at the time, but he was only 6. I just don’t want him to start hearing about all these bad things and be shocked. At the same time I want him to believe the world is a good place, that there are more good people than bad. It’s a fine line…

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  4. Trying to keep them in the happy bubble for as long as possible is a good thing. Eventually though, it will get to them. But I think they will always remember their happy bubble and see it as a place to escape to again when needed.

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  5. The first really bad thing LM learned about was 9/11 at school when he was 7. I wasn’t ready for him to know about that sort of thing, but once the cat is out of the bag, it’s out of the bag. Finding the right words to explain that sort of thing is really tough.

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    • Crash has a book called “True Heroes of 9/11” that a teacher gave him at school as a gift (Scholastic). He has read it, but didn’t question anything. Or at least not to his mother and I. It’s really hard to explain in kid terms why people would create such tragedies.

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