This is a photo taken by a kid. I think it captures that look they get
I don’t have kids, but I’m a decent baby-sitter. Lately the kids have been OK to take out without actively trying to kill themselves. However, it seems like society is trying to kill them, albeit slowly. Every thing they sell to kids seems to be bad. Coke, pizza, ice cream, toy guns. I actually find it a bit shocking the stuff we push on children from a young age.
Ask any kid where they want to go, for example, and they’ll probably say McDonald’s. The food there has little nutritional value and may actually be counter-nutritional. Kids also want Coke, but the people I know who’ve been drinking a lot of Coke start getting health problems in their twenties and end up peeing blood as adults.
If you watch kids’ TV, as well, the stuff that’s marketed is candies, sugary drinks, chips – none of which have any particular nutritional value. If you go out they ask for these things, like pizza and then you end up eating fried cheese and accumulating a ton of garbage. Pizza boxes, napkins, flyers, plastic bottles, it’s basically the body weight of the child in waste.
I actually find it hard to go anywhere that isn’t full of bad things. They sell realistic toy guns in the park. Excel World is full of junk food. Other places are full of stuff to buy so kids get used to consumerism as a sort of entertainment.
When I was a kid we used to look for crawdads in the Scioto River, have bike races around the apartments, go sledding and stuff. That was fun. On birthdays you’d go to Chuck E. Cheese or Roller Skates Of America or something. That was fun, exploring and stuff. There’s nothing to eat of course. We once tried to survive in the woods and lasted about half an hour. We saw squirrels but killing them was beyond our ken. So I still like pizza.
I just wonder if there’s anywhere to take kids in Colombo that’s outside. And if it’s possible to feed them, like, fruit and vegetables and water without them being disappointed.