The End of The Innocence

I need to apologize as I have one last thought on the topic of my last few posts. I can’t help it. It’s been a tough week and I am still trying to get my head around all of this happening at the same time. I had an opportunity to spend several hours behind the wheel today and listen to several songs. The lyrics to this one stood out to me when I heard it. It’s nothing new and I have heard it 1000 times. Yet the first verse jumped out to me and reminded me of why I think all of these things are so hard to swallow. The song is “The End of Innocence” by Don Henley and the first verse goes as follows:

“Remember when the days were long
And rolled beneath a deep blue sky
We didnt have a care in the world
With mommy and daddy standing by
Well happily ever after failed
And weve been poisoned by these fairy tales”

Do you remember those times? The days when you would leave the house to go play and be back before dark. You didn’t have cares, worries or fears. You just played. You believed that fairy tales come true and you could be anything or anyone you wanted. I still see this in my children now. Their playtime gives me pause from the race called life. I love their innocence and personally never want to see it end.

The end of innocence is what refines us into who we are though. It shapes our time on this earth and what we will teach the ones that follow after. It is what creates the very legacy which we will leave. So as much as I hate all of the grown up stuff. I know it must happen and we are all going to be better people, better parents and most importantly have a stronger faith through the storm. Hold tight. That is a happily ever after that will never fail and more than just a fairy tale.


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