We push our kids into adulthood
without telling them what it is.
We let them walk into the darkness
Without any light to guide their way.
Sometimes they learn to light a fire.
Then they can guide themselves.
But sometimes trying to do so
they set themselves in fire
and burn to death.
Still we do what we did again and again
hoping this is all for the best.
We scare our kids about the dark side of the world.
About strangers, dangers, pain and suffering.
We tell them stories about ghosts lurking in the shadows
so they don’t go alone into the darkness.
We scare them to keep them safe.
Keep them close to us where we believe we’re the saviour.
It’s easy to raise a child who’s scared.
But it’s difficult to live a life full of fears.