The child’s speech

October 6th, 2011

Hello and welcome to another episode of The Thursday Blog. You are going to enjoy today’s episode whether you are reading this for the first time or have created a franchise of Thursday Blog reading centres that didn’t survive the GFC because the much sort-after blog is readily available on the internet.

There is a lot going on in life at the moment. My new job is going great thanks for asking. I have finished for the week as I have tomorrow off to go to Kidsfest (such a cool employer). I am really looking forward to my two performances and I have put in some really great preparation. And then tomorrow night I am taking My Princess away for a Babymoon. This is where we go away to relax as a couple before our next baby arrives. It will be the first time ever we will be away together for 2 nights without our Little Princess. We will miss her but we will enjoy the sleep-in’s :)

So things are good, but that isn’t the case for a lot of people. Which brings me to today’s topic:

The child’s speech

It was the end of a fun night which involved having My Princess’ family over for dinner. I turned on the TV and flicked between channels. I stopped when I heard the most extreme Scottish accent coming from the mouth of a young girl. The accent was so thick they had subtitles even though she was speaking English. She sounded awesome, the Scottish sound so cool. Shortly after I got over the novetly of the accent I realised what she was saying. She was talking about her living conditions.

It is a strange thing for a 12 year old to talk about living conditions but this Scottish girl had a lot to say. She talked about her unit complex being run down and how she didn’t feel safe. She talked about how many times in the playground she has found bags of used needles. And worst of all she talked about the mould. Her unit was plagued with mould and every room felt damp. She used to sleep on the top bunk bed but would wake up covered in mouldy water from the ceiling. She now takes shelter on the bottom bunk. She talked about how she always feels sick and so does her family and how it is affecting her at school. Can you imagine going to school everyday with wet smelly clothes??? This is what she faces.

The show moved onto a young boy of 12 who lived with his father and two siblings. His father is out of work and has been for 5 months. His mother walked out on them last year leaving the father to raise the children on his own. The father was doing his best to support the kids but the monetary government benefits he is receiving a month is the same amount he used to earn in his job in a week, so things are really tight. One of the children’s birthdays was coming up which the father said was one of the most stressful times for him because he has no money for presents yet he is still going to get some.

There was some good news for the Scottish girl. The government found replacement accommodation for them, a house, without mould, in a good suburb. She was so happy. She said she felt like she was the luckiest girl in the world. She exclaimed that she could finally start her life and be happy.

I can’t get over how these children speak. The boy, though still too young to have a job would constantly talk about money. It would be from the perspective of a child but he would still talk about money. He starting ranting about the economic situation of his country and how there were a lack of jobs.

The girl would conceptulise things like an adult. When she saw the moving van that her father had hired she said “That must have cost so much. The hire cost alone plus the petrol as well.”

This is not right. These children have had to see the world through the lens of an adult. They can’t take anything as a given. When they need school books they can’t automatically assume they will get them. When they need new clothes, they can’t expect they will get them. When they are hungry they can only hope that today isn’t the day the money runs out.

Poverty has many effects that can cripple a person, a family, a community or a nation. One of these effects is that it can rob a child of their childhood. We need to be the ones who do everything we can to enable children to be children.

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One Response to “The child’s speech”

  1. Wanda Says:

    Yes! We the Church should and CAN do something to make a difference. Through years of serving children as this child here are some things I’ve learned -

    What At Risk Kids Need http://kidtrekasp.wordpress.com/2011/03/13/after-school-programs-what-do-at-risk-kids-need/

    Equipping Secondary-Nurturers http://kidtrekasp.wordpress.com/2011/03/20/after-school-programs-church-based-at-risk-kids-need-secondary-nurturers/

    What The Kids Receive http://kidtrekasp.wordpress.com/2011/03/28/after-school-programs-church-based-what-at-risk-kids-receive-from-secondary-nurturers/

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