I have heard this several times. I am a kid person and feel for anyone who thinks they did not have a childhood. I hear Michael Jackson created the Never Never Land, because he felt he did not have a childhood, and was always in the studio or on the road recording.
Many Olympic performers and childhood musicians, say the same. There are always trade offs, if it is the child I understand, but I do not understand a parent who pushes a child for their own personal agenda. That being to appear in the spot light with their child. Maybe even the financial gain that might come with it.
I touched on Child labor in my last entry. We experienced visiting a site where the ‘Spaulding Baseballs’ were made by children in Haiti. The person leading the tour was an experienced missionary. We were stationed on Gitmo at the time and were able to bum a ride on the Embassy flight. The USN in Gitmo made a weekly flight to Haiti to ferry the Embassy folk over to shop and also to do some Gov’t business of transmitting securely.
The plane, a small sea plane, left Gitmo empty. As a morale booster, the troops on Gitmo could put their names on a list to fly over for a day. I wrote the missionary and asked what they would like for us to bring, they wanted some Ham. So we bought a huge ham and took it over.
As I stated, the Spaulding shop was not hid, as a matter of fact there was a lot of pride in the children. Without their jobs the family might go hungry, or the child themselves might go hungry. There were smiles from the children. They took breaks and played like all children.
I am sure this was not a show for us, it was only Sherry, our two boys and I.
Sailors, have seen the same kids on a pier trying to sell their mothers or sisters, or just begging money. If there is a choice, I would prefer the kid earn 10 cents an hour. Ten cents an hour is not bad where folks live off $2 a week.
Now, if shops exist where kids are forced to work, whipped etc, I think the owners should be horse whipped then shot!
Thanks for coming by the log.
Embarrassing medical EXAMS:
From friend Buddy!
At the beginning of my shift I placed a stethoscope on an elderly and slightly deaf female patient's anterior chest wall.
'Big breaths,' . . . I instructed.
'Yes, they used to be,' . . . Replied the patient.
Submitted by Dr. Richard Byrnes ,
Seattle , WA
I’d question your sanity if you didn’t want one of these! LOL the 1954 Packard panther (Note the wrap around windshield on the Panther, it was ‘55 for most cars.)
1955 Buick Century (The century 4 port holes matched the Roadmaster’s 4 port holes)