"I am still reeling from the pleasure of having recently acquired a new granddaughter. I hope that the rapid changes in society and the lives of our children do not change too much over the coming years. There is a tendency today for some mother's to dress their daughters more adult and provocative than their years indicate, changing their overall look from pretty to precocious, instead of allowing them to dress appropriately to the child occasion. Children should have 'going out clothes' 'staying at home clothes' and 'fun clothes', whether they are going to a friend's birthday party or on a walk through the woods or simply allowed to make mud pies and jump in April puddles with their little wellies getting all dirty.
Tread ever so lightly over the innocence of our young children, for once you allow the cynicism of adults to creep into their minds, you rob them of all childhood dreams. The moon is no longer edible in their minds and lollipops don't grow on trees anymore. There is no Santa Claus to creep down their chimney on Christmas morning nor sound of sleigh bells and reindeer in the snowy skies on Christmas Eve. Alice can no longer be found down the rabbit hole and the Easter Bunny no longer roams the family home and leaves its delicious eggs hidden there for little hands to find and eat.
Tread ever so lightly and crush not the daisy chains of their innocent youth, for that is from where the powerhouse of all adult imagination is yet to come. Destroy not their dreams while they are still young and innocent enough to enjoy them, for they will have to join the rest of worldly reality soon enough." William Forde: March 5th, 2018.