April 2010

Editor’s Note: April 2010 - Corporate Greed, Healthcare Reform and Global Warming got you down?

Author: Maggie Washo | Photographer: Photography By Anne

We are inundated with hot button issues every time we turn on the television, log onto MSN or pick up the newspaper. It seems to me that with so many varying opinions and agendas it would be nearly impossible for anyone to solve these problems, let alone two political factions with fiercely staunch opinions on exactly opposite sides of every issue.

It makes me wistfully contemplate a much simpler time. A time when my biggest concern was whether I could stay up past 9pm or spend the night at my best friend’s house. Yep. Things were pretty great when I was eight years old.

At last weekend’s Wing Fest I watched my two-year old niece dance with her best friend as Deaz Guys played her favorite song (every song is Bella’s favorite song if she can bounce up and down and wave her hands to it). Just two cute redheads with giant smiles holding hands and enjoying life. It made me think about the way a child sees the world. Every day is a new adventure. You love everyone, except for the kid who stole your toy in the sandbox. Blowing bubbles or riding a bike is the most fun thing you’ve ever done in your whole life! A giant purple dinosaur with a nasally voice can entertain for hours.

Oh to capture that innocence and bottle it up. Some days I wish I had mine back. Well, most days, actually. Perhaps that’s why people have kids. So they can relive their childhood through their children’s eyes. Not a bad idea really. Except for the part where you have to wake up in the middle of the night and change diapers.

The next time I have to listen to someone complain or argue about healthcare reform, money or global warming I’m just going to see things through the eyes of a child and quote Dr. Suess…

“Sometimes the questions are difficult, but the answers are simple.”

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