Okay, so I did not run this morning like I had planned to. I stayed up and watched Titan A.E. - I missed it in the theatres (it is very hard to find the time to watch movies in the theatres when you have small children - well, except for Disney films and the few other family friendly movies).
Abigail enjoys movies and even enjoys some SciFi - Star Wars was an early favorite even before they introduced Jar Jar Binks in Episode I.
Titan A.E. was animated but more violent than a 5 year old needs to see on a big screen. (Abigail is 6 now but 5 when Titan A.E. was in the theatres)
I let her watch Powerpuff Girls and some of the other Cartoon Network shows - I know some think these shows are full of violence too - heck, Disney films are full of violent scenes, always have been. But heck, I grew up with falling anvils, the coyote being blown up by every Acme device he ever used, and the gunplay of Yosemite Sam and Elmur Fudd. Look how I turned out - okay, for the most part.
I know my mom had it tough in raising 5 kids in the early 70's, but she didn't have to worry to much about the violence and sex that permeates the media outlets today. Okay - Vietnam nightly body counts and the never-ending Watergate trial still haunt me today - well, maybe not haunt... but when I worry about even listening to National Public Radio with my daughter in the car it has gone a bit too far. News about government sex scandals, abortion clinic bombings, and other horrible crimes are daily fare on TV, newspaper, and radio.
I know there will be a time when I can explain to her so that she will understand some of these things and can make up her own mind on issues like the women's right to choose, but what do I say when my 6 year old asks me what an abortion is because she heard someone say that word on TV or radio?
I pray for all the parents out there to have the wisdom needed when that time arrives. It is a balancing act to not completely shield your children from the evils of the world. They still need to be prepared to deal with this world of ours.
I also think of how lucky I am to be able to provide a safe and comfortable environment for the growth of my kids. That I have the ability to be able to keep them from harms way - mostly.
I know there are too many kids throughout this country and the world who are confronted with drugs, destruction, disease, death on a daily basis. My heart and prayers go out to them and their parents as well.
All this because, I stayed up last night to watch Titan A.E. and did not wake up early enough to go jogging.