A timely quote from Corrie ten Boom:
“Sex,”‘ I was pretty sure, meant whether you were a boy or girl, and “sin” made my aunt Tante Jans very angry, but what the two together meant I could not imagine.
And so, seated next to Father in the train compartment, I suddenly asked, “Father, what is sexsin?”
He turned to look at me, as he always did when answering a question, but to my surprise he said nothing. At last he stood up, lifted his traveling case from the rack over our heads, and set it on the floor.
“Will you carry it off the train, Corrie?” he said.
I stood up and tugged at it. It was crammed with the watches and spare parts he had purchased that morning.
“It’s too heavy,” I said.
“Yes,” he said. “And it would be a pretty poor father who would ask his little girl to carry such a load. It’s the same way, Corrie, with knowledge. Some knowledge is too heavy for children. When you are older and stronger you can bear it. For now you must trust me to carry it for you.”
– from The Hiding Place: The Story of Corrie Ten Boom
We are asking our children to carry loads that are way too heavy for them. They should not be forced, as children, to see and feel the world through the lens of adults.
Innocence is worth protecting and worth fighting for. We need to do our part as teachers, parents and caregivers to carry certain things for children, teens, and young adults until they are old enough to bear the load.
(Thank you for this contribution from our friend, D. Patterson, 10/19/2023).