Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Paint it Black

Photo courtesy of Victoria Young
My kids have been talking about it as the anniversary of the Waldo Canyon fire approaches, the possibility of it happening again.  Of course it wouldn't happen in the same place again, because there isn't much fuel in the burn scar.  But, in the Black Forest approximately 8 miles from my house there is.      That's also where the home of the Jones' is, the people who took us in during last years fire live.  And though I offered them a place to stay, I haven't heard from them or about the fate of their home.

It's all so familiar, the smell of smoke, the worry and the depression.  Because it's not just the fire,  it's so many other things that concern me. When I look at my kids I wonder what kind of a world they'll grow up to live in.  We've got the effects of global warming and the fires, hurricanes and tornadoes that go with it.  One in which teenagers have a cyber social life interrupted by the newsflashes of yet another tragic school shooting.  Next year I'm sending my oldest to heroin high school.  I hope he can make it through without succumbing to temptation because he's going to need a doctorate in fast food to get employed in the economy awaiting him when he's done with school.

We're leaving our kids a world that's hot and broken.   And right about now,  I want to paint it black. 

7 comments:

Cerebrations.biz said...

Is this part of the philosophy of "what does not destroy us, makes us stronger"?

Joy Page Manuel said...

I share your anxieties, Marie. I see strange weather patterns, economic troubles, etc, and I wonder if I'm better off in denial. Ignorance is bliss, right? Not sure. The changes, the shifts, have become so undeniable it's impossible to ignore them and I am sometimes overwhelmed by a sense of helplessness, which of course is the worst part. I don't know what the future holds for our children. I just hope it's not too late for us. :-(

The Loerzels said...

@Roy-I suppose. Until it does.
@Joy-Exactly! I try to live my life and not drudge or wallow in what I think is a bleak future for our kids. But it's damn hard when like you've said, it's so undeniable. If worse comes to worst, I'll be hosting a Jim Jones kool-aid party at my house. You're invited!

Sandra said...

OOOOH I love this post, not the sadness of the topic, but the brutal honesty of it! I caught my son surfing porn on his phone the other day. Now I have to worry about heroin? Sigh.

The Loerzels said...
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The Loerzels said...

@ Sandra-Unfortunately, we've got a lot of crap in common!

MuMuGB said...

As parents, we can only protect our kids up to a point, and it freaks me out sometimes, when I see the world we live in. Unfortunately, they will have to figure it out for themselves.

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