My niece Analise, a brilliant student, top notch competitive swimmer and overall special child, provided inspiration for this piece.
I thought that it was going to be conveyed in a manner that would suggest that I was feeling empathetic for the experiences that she , and others of her age, were having to endure due to the scourge of COVID.
A scourge that is continuing to ravage our communities due to the willful neglect created by personal choice.
Instead, as you can hear by the inflection within my delivery, it is delivered in a manner that more so conveys a sense of frustration with those that are leaving our precious ones to experiment with various ways to contain their emotions. Emotions that are caused by the infliction of pain thrust upon them by those who are "supposed" to have their best interest at heart.
Yes, ADULTS, I am referring to all of you who are more concerned with scoring political points than the emotional and physical well-being of our youth. OUR YOUTH who are progressing through their formative years without experiencing those things that were critical to our personal self-development.
Several of those things are mentioned in the piece so I will not elaborate further.
The hyper-politicization of a pandemic that has thrown us all back on our heels, and devastated families, has caused some of us to forget how delicate our emotions were at similarly significant points in our lives. We also seem to have conveniently forgotten the numerous factors and events that helped to shape us into whom we have become.
is my way of simply highlighting the pain and hurt that is being felt by our youth due to our selfish and oftentimes abhorrent behavior.
It is my desire that this piece serve as a reminder to us all to take care of our children, our youth- those that we profess to care about- by listening to them and adhering to those things that are designed to better serve their personal well-being and their futures.
It is essential, as adults, that we remove SELF from the equation so that OUR CHILDREN may once again flourish!
"OUR SPIRIT LIVES!!
*** Yes, Analise's mother, my sister, has long ago made the correct choice!