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This is the world we live in.

Caution Tape

Caution Tape (Photo credit: Picture Perfect Pose)

For the past three summers (this will be the fourth), I have worked at the camp that my kids attend.  It’s a great fit for us – I love the job I have and the people I work with, and my boys have a fabulous eight weeks there every year.

As a camp staff member, I attend required staff training sessions every year.  At the end of today’s training session, we had several camp-wide drills, before which the camp director spoke frankly to the staff about the harsh reality that we all live in.

And it hit me.  Hard.

Not because I didn’t already know this.  I follow the news.  I read the information that comes home from my kids’ schools, and I know that safety is something to be taken seriously.  But there was something about looking around and seeing the faces of the counselors who take this job just because they love kids, thinking about my own kids being there, and then thinking of the terrifying possibility that something unthinkable could happen.

I find it so sad that kids’ (including my own kids) reality these days includes lockdown drills and intruder drills.  I know it’s necessary, and somehow it’s both scary and comforting at the same time to know that places our kids go are preparing for this.

It also makes yearn for the days of previous generations, when parents put their kids on a camp bus every morning, or sent them off to a sleepaway camp for the summer, thinking that the worst that could happen would be an argument with a friend or a bee sting.

I think every generation of kids has had their crises, their issues and things to fear.  All we can do is hug our kids tight, love them with everything we have, and just talk to them when they have questions, because unfortunately, we don’t have the answers either.

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2 thoughts on “This is the world we live in.

  1. The possibility of an extreme weather incident or violent intruder at camp (or school) is no more likely today than it was 20 years ago. There were just as many psychos then as there is now. The only difference now is more media coverage, and the liability to be preemptive about preparing for such situations. I would like to postulate that with current building codes, preparation by organizations, and armed police officers at camp and many NJ schools, that the probability of injury from these events is even lower than it was 20 years ago.

    • Your point is a good one, and I like to think that you’re right. But on some level, I think there is something to be said about previous generations who, although were unprepared for some tragedies and disasters, had children who went about their days happily and without fear.

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