I begin with a disclaimer. I am 60 years old, and I grew up in Dryden, Ontario. This, to many, would mean that I walked to school in 40-below winter weather, plowing through three foot high snow drifts, (and for some days they would be correct). The point that I am trying to make in this brief letter is that I survived as did every child in Dryden. There was never an instant when a child was lost in a snow drift and perished, nor was washed away by a heavy rain. There was never a day when school was closed for inclement weather. There was never a day when a lineup of parent’s cars delivered children to school because it was too cold, too hot, too wet or too dry to walk. We all walked, ran, road our bikes, or for those who lived outside of town road a school bus.
As a volunteer at our local elementary school I am astounded and perturbed by the mollycoddling that many parents bestow on their children. It is my opinion that our actions, as a society, are being governed by fear; fear of what might happen to our children on the way to school, fear of what might happen to our country if we show compassion to the world’s needy, fear that is the operative word in our federal government’s lexicon.
Do not be afraid! The world is wonderful place. Yes there are bad people and bad things happening around the world, but the good in this world far outweighs the bad. Let us not allow fear to dictate our actions.