I belong to a Facebook group that shows activities for kids. Occasionally I use one of the ideas with the childcare kiddos.
Not to long ago this came up.
The premise is to “plant” a peppermint and it grows a candy cane.
I know lots of you are thinking “oh cute and how fun”. You are completely and totally entitled to your opinion….I didn’t feel that way. I didn’t feel that way at all.
My husband is a farmer. My dad was a farmer. My grandpa was a farmer. Kelli’s husband is a farmer. Kalissa’s husband is a farm machinery mechanic. Many of my childcare kiddos and grandpa’s have agricultural related jobs. Most everyone in my life is somehow directly farm related. For me, I thought teaching this was kind of sad.
Now days, so many people have no idea where their food comes from. I work hard to have a gal come into my childcare and work with my kiddos so they get more exposure to the hows of food that gets to our table. I work hard to provide activities on my own. It’s so important for kids to know the importance of agriculture.
The whole candy cane thing hit me the wrong way. Isn’t there already enough “fantasy” with Christmas…Santa and Elf on the Shelf are already there.
So in moment of weakness (actually stupidity) I wrote a comment on the Facebook post saying, “How sad. With the opportunity to teach real life, why would someone want to do this?”
Well that was the WRONG thing to say. Most everyone else way saying “how cute”, “love it” and similar phrases.
People completely jumped all over me…ALL OVER ME. Here are some of the messages posted towards me….
“Mind your business,It’s Christmas.you scrooge”
“To have a little fantasy fun! Put on your little girl pants and try it😃🎈🎈”
“What a sad little childhood you must have had. “Make believe” was a wonderful part of my childhood.”
Oh my word!! I can’t believe what people do and say…I can’t. I’m guessing these same people wouldn’t be bothered to show a kid how a plant actually grows or the food that comes from it!!
And I’m leaving this all right here because if I say anything else I’m likely going to offend a whole bunch more people.
I’m going back to my hole. I’m putting myself in Facebook time out…