If the Children are the Future, What is their Future?

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By Lorraine Iverson

We have a new baby in our family. Her name is Parker Rain. She’s my first local grandchild so I have immediate access for my baby fix.  Up until now, I had to board a plane or drive for eight hours to hug a grandbaby. This is a whole new world. Parker’s birth has brought up so much emotion for me, for many reasons.  First was fear. She was born two months premature.  I cried and prayed all the way to the hospital. It was only 10 minutes away but it was the longest 10 minutes I’ve ever experienced. When I was finally able to see her I knew she was going to survive. She was tiny but she was healthy and pink with lots of hair. She didn’t look premature, just miniature.  Then relief and joy flooded my heart. Now the emotion is just pure love. 

One of the things that this love has stirred within me is that universal connection to all children, everywhere. No matter the circumstance, they are each little blessings. Please don’t think that this is a rant on pro-life vs. pro-choice. It has nothing to do with that issue.  That’s private. This is a rant about love for children and keeping them safe. 

Big grown-up men start wars. Little children suffer. Giant corporations and big grown-up people cause pollution and global warning. Little children become sick. Big, unhealthy parents abuse drugs and alcohol, families are destroyed. Little children lose their security and peace of mind. Stupid grown ups leave guns around where little children can find them.

Children are the innocent victims of the mistakes of the people in charge. I don’t think very many adults, anywhere in the world, set out to intentionally damage children but they are being damaged. How do we, as a species, put children’s well being in the forefront of our thoughts before we make the mistakes that will harm them? 

There’s a big giant question to chew on!

I don’t remember who said it but I’ve never forgotten it - ‘if more men saw their children born, they would be less inclined to send them off to die in wars.’

There’s a good start. If more men were actively involved with caring for their children, we would probably have similar results. Who knows. 

Every week, at the beginning of our church service, we bless the children that are present and see in them children every where. We know the truth for them, that they are safe, happy and taken care of and that they are able to reach their full potential and know they are loved. Is that too much to ask for the children of the world?

We are currently in the throes of a very contentious election. (Hopefully not too many kids are watching the debates. Really bad examples of adult behavior.) Other than the discussions about thousands that have been ingesting lead from Flint, Michigan water, I’ve not heard much talk about the well-being of children. In fact, in suggesting the banning of large ethnic groups of people, some are actually advocating hurting refugee children.  

In one of her early hits, Whitney Houston sang ‘I believe the children are our future……’ 

I believe that too. Shouldn’t electing people that also agree and want to protect and nurture our grandchildren be a priority? I know it will be a deciding factor in my vote. What are your thoughts?


Rain Iverson has traveled many paths and is always recreating herself. As a business woman, she co-founded and managed a technology public relations firm and one of the first computer conferencing software companies. She has served on non-profit boards, retired at 50 to become an artist and then 10 years later came out of retirement to become CFO of her son's company. Rain is the matriarch of a large, blended family with a great husband, children, grandchildren and lots of extended/blended family members.