So last evening Terry and I went out to dinner. Can I just say that hunger is the best seasoning? All I had to eat yesterday was a protein shake for breakfast and a peanut butter and banana sandwich for lunch. I was totally starving and the food was close-your-eyes--in-order-to-savor good. I did behave myself in that I ordered things without sauces or butters and I ate exactly half of my salad and my entree. What a good girl am I.
Quite often after eating out Terry and I will head over to Books-A-Million to do a little shopping. He looks through audio books and I check out the fiction. We both usually wander through the clearance tables as well. I always enjoy our little ritual, but two things that night took a little of the joy out of it for me.
First, I ran into someone I hadn't seen in quite a while. We used to work together. When I left that job, I left it abruptly and I left it for personal reasons. We chatted and caught up a little with what we both were doing, but it felt incredibly awkward. The elephant in the room was almost visual, yet unrecognized. It's been quite a while since I've had a conversation with an elephant in the room. I don't particularly relish it.
The second thing that happened was I looked at a display table marked with the sign, "Most Popular Fiction for Kids". With one or two exceptions, every book on that table had to do with either witchcraft or vampires. I was horrified and saddened at the same time. Reading anything beyond a 140 character tweet or text message is rare in young people these days. Reading is becoming a lost art. And for those that do actually read for fun, this is the garbage with which they are filling their minds. Yes, I said garbage.
Something we don't often acknowledge is the fact that Satan is real and he is out to capture the minds of our youth. Both witchcraft and vampire themes are laced with such occultic overtones, it's no wonder kids struggle with purity, morality and the desire to do right. We're giving Satan a foothold in our children's lives from a very early age. Please don't be fooled into thinking that because the story is compelling, or the writing great, it's something your children should read. There may be certain types of poisons with a delicious flavor, but that doesn't change the damage that the poison will do to your body.
As for the elephant? I think I left it in the store. Hopefully it won't be there the next time I go. It's awfully hard to carry on a conversation with that thing waving its trunk in my face.
How about you? Ever had an elephant in the room?