FF – Horizons

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Horizons

“Mama?”

Daddy’s driving, so I’m on “Are we nearly there yet?” duty. It’s exhausting.

“Mama, mamamamama?”

Deep breath. “Yes, honey?”

“How far away is the horizon?”

“As far as you can see.” I think about expanding but it would be nice to just be able to stare into the silence for a bit.

“Mr Jenkins said people’s horizons are closing in on them. He says soon we won’t be able to see over our own garden fences and we’ll be at war with our neighbours.”

Mental note for Monday: check the teacher’s mental health. For now…

“Let’s play I Spy.”

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26 responses to “FF – Horizons

  1. Good intuition about Mr Jenkins

  2. Amazing what children absorb and believe.

  3. I love the child’s voice, reporting so much without realising!

  4. Dear Jen,

    I remember those days all too well. “He’s looking at me.” “Moooooom, he touched me.” I loved “Are we there yet” duty. Well put.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

    • Cheers, Rochelle. My husband usually drives so I’m often on duty. By the time we arrive, he’s exhausted from the driving and I’m exhausted too! No wonder so many parents opt for screen time during driving time!

    • Y’all had to remind me, Rochelle and Jen. I changed my mind about having children, always in the car.

  5. I Spy is our fall back position too! Mr Jenkins sounds like a hoot! 🙂

  6. Wonderful flash backs. Who gets to children and teaches them to ask are we there yet? Well done.

  7. Ah, the joys of journeying with littluns. As for Mr Jenkins, I wouldn’t have wanted him putting such negative thoughts into my kid’s minds!

    Here’s mine!

  8. in a way Mr Jenkins is right

  9. there are many mr. jenkins out there now. as society becomes more polarized, war seems inevitable.

  10. Regardless of whether Mr. Jenkins is right or not, methinks he is not in the right to be sharing this with young kids!

  11. This got my thoughts racing with ideas about seeing – horizons far away and closing in, and ‘I spy’ to focus on the detail and nearby things that we can so easily overlook. I like how you’ve used the all too familiar scenario of a bored child on a long trip to introduce the voice of Mr Jenkins and his dread about the impact of our failure to see things clearly.

  12. michael1148humphris

    Mamamamam ,,, 🙂

  13. It is so sad that so many teachers don’t realize how closely kids listen to them. They think kids are in their own little worlds but they look up to teachers and listen…As the students get older implications change but it is something to keep in mind.

  14. Sounds like Mr Jenkins might be talking his own business at work!

  15. You can read shocking tales about what your childrens’ teachers are telling them. I remember when we used to go to school for an education. Nice one, Jen

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