Friday, April 23, 2010

Baby alert

Walking home from “school” the other day (a perk of being a college prof, still getting to walk home from “school”), I saw the pre-schoolers from a daycare walking two by two to a grassy spot. One boy cried out: “The babies are here!” As indeed they were. A young woman from the baby daycare unit was waiting on the grass with a fully stocked quad-stroller. A mannerly miniature petting zoo then began to take shape.

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Elaine said...

You know, there was something else to 'see' there. We have become a society of separation, and I think it's a mistake. Older children need to see the younger kids, experience their own younger selves, help them out, enjoy them. Our children are missing the lovely feeling of being 'the older, wiser ones,' which is part of a less-regimented, compartmentalized society (or school system.) We all lose something in this system.

Michael Leddy said...

Yes, we do. I remember when my kids were in middle school an institutional preoccupation with keeping the different grades separate (so that the older kids wouldn’t corrupt the younger ones, I guess). Sad.