Where have all the flowers gone, indeed?
Why? WHY? WHY? would any parent worthy of the name want to trick out their innocent offspring - now including boys - to prostitute themselves with their mommies playing pimps? So far as I can understand on very short acquaintance, the monies spent on lessons and promotion and clothing and heaven knows what-all could pay for higher education.
Of course I went to the internet and found a number of sites about dance studios. In one, $16,000 was mentioned. I didn’t stay long enough to figure out if that was per annum or per child forever. Let’s toss in beauty pageants for kids. Does anyone actually believe it could be useful? Even if the child is successful, what about his or her values if most of what he or she knows and holds dear is promotion of the self in a frivolous way?
A REAL dance studio that teaches classic ballet to children whose bodies are suited to such is one thing; teaching very adult moves and grooves to toddlers is not on my list of what children need to be doing. In my lexicon, it’s obscene (remember that word?). I’ll go further, not only is it obscene, but should never bee seen onstage OR offstage. What are these parents - mostly mothers - thinking? The bones of children are easily cracked or broken - and so are their minds. While I am most certainly not in favor of limiting talent, when it comes to babies, some one has to do some thing to get these so-called mommies to consider what they are doing to their child or children.
Think ‘way back to Shirley Temple. I’ve touched the hand that touched the hand of Shirley Temple. She was one of my friend’s playmates because her mother was the housekeeper in the Temple home. That little girl you see - now on DVDs - remains a happy person. No one tortured her to be a prima donna. As an adult, she refers to herself in those days as “Shirley,” as if it’s another person in another time and another place. She was very fortunate not to have been turned inside out and upside down.
Remember the child actors you may have seen as you and they got older without maturing. Ron Howard has a great success story, one of the fortunates who keeps on keeping on. The internet has material on the ones who have slipped out of our sight and out of our interest.
One of the more interesting child stars was a beautiful lyric soprano named Deanna Durbin - Edna Mae Durbin from Canada. When she’d had enough, she slipped away to France and lived happily ever after. There are child stars that you who are reading this have never hear of - Susanna Foster was the Christine in the first movie musical of the Phantom of the Opera. Gloria Jean sang her way through There’s Magic in Music which was located at Interlocken, Michigan’s summer music camp . These girls did their thing and moved on. None of the young ladies were toddlers and none were dressed and made up to appear grotesque. Neither their larynxes nor bones were compromised.
Despite that I am (now) a Democrat, some freedoms go too far. Yet how can the law deny justice to children whose parents treat them in a way that appears almost benign compared to those parents who are near killing their offspring by beating them over nothing - perhaps a sassy look. When I see that Dr. McGraw is going to feature damaged children, I refuse to watch, only hope that the Good Shrink will handle the situation, see that the perpetrator(s) get help, even if it’s jail or prison.
When I see anyone mistreating a child, I pull back instead of verbally attacking the attacker. To interfere may stay the mouth or the hand or fist for the nonce, but it may increase the yelling and/or beating once the child is home with his caretaker.
I have twice called the police when I saw a child in a car unattended. I didn’t hang around to find out what happened, but I doubt it was a case of beating, only a careless parent not wanting to be bothered with a small person.
Children do not belong to anyone but themselves and because they’re going to live with themselves, they should be encouraged to love themselves. Only those who do not love themselves are likely to cause problems, often really bad problems. You’re aware of today’s news?
Even living in a small town and with some very religions people doesn’t guarantee that the children are safe. For one thing, there are drugs, crack houses and, I’ve been informed, three whore houses. On the outside, we look like small town America. I wonder if there’s any safe place: as in no illegal drugs safe place. Remember, there would never have been the Mafia without Prohibition. We’re slow learners. Perhaps I’ll mutter through an opinion about making certain items legal to eliminate certain crimes.
Now that I’ve given you the bottom line, I don’t believe I need to write anymore on that subject.