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I grew up a little

Two years ago tonight, I looked at the world in a slightly different light. I was a little more carefree and a little less worried about what the world was going to be like when Noah is my age. It was rare that the words "What next?" would come to my mind while I was watching the news.

Then came the next morning and things changed. I grew up and little and I started to worry.

I started worrying about what the world was going to be like when Noah grows up. I realized that Noah was going to grow up in a different world than I did. When I was younger, I can remember thinking about how the United States and the Soviet Union had thousands of nuclear weapons pointed at each other. The good part about this situation was that both parties in this equation didn't want to destroy the world.

In Noah's case, he will probably grow up hearing and thinking about a group of people that try to develop weapons of any type and use them against the United States. The bad part about this equation is that one party would gladly destroy the whole world to prove their point.

Noah is going to grow up happy and healthy, which is all I can ask for. I can protect him for so long, but at some point, I will have to let Noah go and face the world in whatever condition that it is in when he is ready.

And I worry about that, too.

"Time, as he grows old, teaches all things." - Aeschylus (525 BC - 456 BC), Prometheus Bound


I can remeber the same worries. I always wanted to find some way to make the world a better and safer place for my kids to grow up in and now I worry about my Grandkids. I always hope that the next generation will do better then mine. I always remember my Grand Dad and Dad discussing the world and I'll always remember my Grand Dad telling my Dad when he was worried that the current "in" generation was going to hell and his statement was "My Dad always said my generation was going to hell and we didn't have guts enough to do it and I don't think yours or your kids will either." He had lived through WWI, WW2, Korea and saw the very worst of his time and he lived with hope, the hope that somehow the good in people will prevail over the bad and the evil in the world. I find that I have to live with hope for the future and that you and your kids will do a better job at running this world then me and mine have done.

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