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Columbia Missourian

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Children need to be allowed time to be childish

By Julia Williams
July 20, 2012 | 5:06 p.m. CDT

This letter is in response to the Missourian's series on book challenges. Read the stories here.

"You are what you eat" used to be a popular mantra in the U.S. But isn't it more accurate to state: "You are what you think?" After all, if we are not thinking, we are in a coma, asleep or dead. Therefore our entire life's accomplishments, interactions, our hopes, dreams and aspirations all reside on the basso profundo of our conscious thinking (or sub-conscious which would lead into a variation of this topic).

I don't know about you, but I enjoyed being a child with childish thoughts and silly actions and dreams of fairy tales and woven mysteries involving Undines and Sprites. Thank God (and that is not spoken in vain) that I was not expected to read about profanity, sexuality, violence, drugs, cruelty, insanity and "livid descriptions of emotional and physical distress" while in middle or high school. Thank you, God.

Soon enough, and when I had a strengthened personality based on trust within my family and friends (and God), the more challenging side of life was gradually revealed to me. It happens. Yet I, for one, would side with the angels in this case, in that I believe children thrive on hopeful, loving, encouraging ephemerals versus the stripped truth of our adult world because these ephemerals will be the backbone of the thought life and the emotional salvation of the adult when faced with the unexpected trials in life.

Allow the children to have a childhood.

Julia Williams is a Columbia resident.