In our time together, I was shocked more than once by her behavior. She would sing provocative songs and dance in suggestive manners, just like she saw in the music videos she watched at home. Why an 8-year-old would have access to such videos is beyond me. When I asked her if she knew what the words she was singing meant and what her dancing portrayed, she had no idea.
I had to explain to this young girl why her actions were inappropriate. If her innocence had been protected at home, it’s a conversation that could have been avoided. It’s a conversation that should have been avoided. But, for so many of our kids, it’s not avoided.
It’s a conversation I know I’ll never have to have with my nieces. My sister would go to the ends of the earth and fight with her dying breath to protect her girls’ innocence while she still can.
Take that lunch we had at McDonald’s. When ordering, I opted for the Angry Bird Halloween pale for their Happy Meal. It was the boy option. The girl option was Monster High, which I know my sister doesn’t allow the girls to have because of the short skirts, bare mid-riffs and low-cut shirts the dolls wear. These are the small ways my sister protects my beautiful nieces’ innocence.
I hope she knows what a good mom she’s turned out to be and is proud of the job she’s doing.
At the very least, I hope she knows how proud I am of her.
Misty Knisely, managing editor, can be reached at 574-732-5155 or via email at email@example.com. Follow her: @PharosMK