Watching and reading the media lately, it’s hard not to reach for an extra anti-depressant.
Partly that’s because we are in Presidential Election season. Once upon a time, candidates spent most of their time talking about how to make things better. Now candidates spend most of their time explaining why some other candidate sucks.
As at least a little bit of antidote to all the negativity, I would like pass along two heartwarming stories.
The first is from my favorite newspaper columnist David Brooks. In a recent NY Times column, Brooks writes about a remarkable couple whose once-a-week Dinner Group is changing the lives of teenagers who need at least one place to go for fellowship, encouragement, and support. It’s a really sweet article. Find it at http://www.nytimes.com/2016/10/18/opinion/the-power-of-a-dinner-table.html
The second article is also from The Times. The title is “The Anti-Helicopter Parent’s Plea: Let Kids Play!” Writer Melanie Thernstrom brings us the story of a Silicon Valley exec who has turned his ample home and yard into an wonderfully imaginative communal playspace. Kids from all over the neighborhood are welcome to explore and play as they like, free from the hovering presence of adults. You might not agree with Mike Lanza’s philosophy about the importance of unsupervised play in a child’s journey to adulthood. But it may be very worthwhile to see it and hear it from his perspective.