Freely we roamed the neighborhoods as little boys. We spent many hours chasing frogs, catching snakes and jumping our bike across the canals. We were free to roam and explore with little risk. The weekends we would spend with our cousins chasing through the fields for miles on end, walking to the local movie theater and climbing trees. Life was simple, grand and quite the adventure. Our lives were much like the adventures of Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn. We were always exploring and finding new adventure. We would be gone from sunup to sundown.
Now as my children are of similar age as I was during those youthful adventures I find myself reminiscing much about those wonderful days full of innocence and filled with adventure. I look at the dramatic change in the world we live as the freedoms we enjoyed as little children have been lost for this generation. Gone are the innocent days of adventure. Our children’s childhoods have been replaced with an ever increasing vigilance to protect them from the harm that others would do to them.
As I reflect upon these days for me, I am reminded of the joys I found while exploring and roaming. I search for ways to provide these same opportunities for my children while balancing the increasing need to protect them. In many ways, in this world we live, the innocence of childhood has been lost. The repercussions of which we may not know for generations to come.