Saturday, May 5, 2012

i am a child

No one has yet fully realized the wealth of sympathy, kindness and generosity hidden in the soul of a child. The effort of every true education should be to unlock that treasure. 
 Emma Goldman (1869-1940) activist & author

in japan and south korea  may 5th is children's day.   in japan, since 1948  the day has been considered a national holiday.  however the observance of children's day is ancient and traditionally children are celebrated twice a year - march 3 for girls and may 5 for boys.   today in japan the march children's day is now known as the doll festival.

according to the portal,  many  many countries  have a special day to celebrate children.  what is odd about children's day in the usa is that although there have been ,  and continue to be, there is no single or permanent observance of children's day  - the day seems to vary from place to place and from time to time.

in 1954, the united nations declared a universal children's day to take place on november 20th and although the usa is a member of the un, it doesn't appear to me that the un declared day has really caught on. 

as for me i'm going to celebrate children's day by going to ms. t's soccer game -  after the game,  maybe i can talk the gang into going out for some sushi for lunch!

today's song is one of my all time favorite neil young songs i am a child   -- thie version belowe was recorded in 1973.

neil wrote the song when he was with the buffalo springfield. and appeared on their third and final album last time around (1968)

photo: koinobori (carp windsocks) at the entrance of the morikami japanese garden in delray beach, florida. april, 2012

by the way,  these windsocks grace the landscape of japan from april through may in honor of boys with the hope that they grow up strong and healthy.


Steve Reed said...

Sometimes on Mother's Day or Father's Day I would say to my parents, "But when is kids' day?" And they invariably replied, "EVERY DAY is kids' day!" Which is, of course, a complete lie.

Watson said...

My mom gave me that line too, Steve!

Love the windsocks! And the remembering... How was the soccer game and the sushi?

Betsy Brock said...

haha..regarding Steve's comment. Not sure it's a does seem like every day is devoted to them. But a day to honor them in a special way might be fun! I love the windsocks!

Peaceful Warrior said...

Have enjoyed the link to a new song (new to me)

In the U.K. I am not aware that there is any observance of a kids day either. I love kids too and wish we could do more to celebrate them.

I am a truck driver, and yesterday I was traveling along the M1 and a young Asian girl, sat at the back of a car noticed me as we drove in the road delays. She must have been about 4. Her family were bored rigid, but she had the smile of an angel and was giggling as we raced each other and kept waving to and fro. This is a sad reflection of the world unfortunately. Adults seem fed up and it is the light and joy of children that make it a joy to keep going.
Sorry for the rambling, thought you might like the little tale.

Loads of love,