Scrapbooking From the Inside Out. The alphabet Thickers that make up my title are from American Crafts DIY line. I actually used some powdered chalk this time and it worked beautifully. I also chalked the Prima flower down at the bottom right so it wouldn't be quite so bright. :)
Here is the journaling:
Why does it seem that children are often the ones who suffer because of the choices adults make? Years of teaching and then having children of my own, have made me a bit of an advocate for their well being. Their safety. Their happiness. And I feel so frustrated and even angry when I see children treated like pawns and used to hurt others. Treated with so little respect, or even ignored! It makes me wish I could be a surperhero and rescue each and every one from such callous and hurtful behaviour.
But I can't. I can oldy do what I can to help out as much as possible. And still it doesn't seem enough sometimes! It feels as if children aren't allowed to be children any more, and so much innocence is lost too soon. Why can't we just let kids be kids?
This idea came to me pretty early on when I was brainstorming. It's something that has been on my mind ever since I left teaching. It is on my mind now as I watch my husband's family struggle and cousins go years without being able to see or talk to each other. As I see those close to me deal with loss and divorce. So much pain to all concerned and I can't help feeling frustrated at times. But I keep praying. I pray for forgiveness. I pray for the children involved as well as the parents. But mostly I pray that I am not a part of the problem. And I know sometimes I fail as well.
Ironically, this photo was taken on a happy occasion. A birthday party for a good friend and neighbor. I was taking some photos of the kids all lined up together and snapped a photo of their feet as well :)
And I am happy to say that these children are all pretty much allowed to be their age. Our families are pretty much on the same page when it comes to that. And I thrilled to be a part of this group! :)
Thanks for stopping by today, and I will be back on Wednesday! :)