Respect?

I have been following with interest a discussion on the local community Facebook page.

It started yesterday, a beautiful sunny day with many people out and about,  when a local lady commented on how disappointed she was to see parents allowing their young children to climb all over and sit on the sculpture in the town square, fearing that it may cause damage.

Her comment sparked a quite hostile response from several parents who said that children should be free to do what they like and enjoy themselves.  When it was suggested that they should also be taught to have respect for others' property they seemed to find that quite amusing. 

The gist of the comments posted there - and on another previous discussion regarding the pandemic - appeared to suggest that respect was outdated and that  the older generation and their thoughts  (the original poster is only around 50!) are not important as we have had our lives and it is only the younger generation now that is important. 

Well. That's us told then.

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This is the sculpture...the Celtic King Orry playing chess with the Viking King Olaf




31 comments:

  1. Don't they have playgrounds for the children to climb and play in? Children should be free to explore and climb as well as know when it is acceptable or not acceptable to do so. Would a parent allow a child to climb on a museum display? Roll around in a public garden?

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    1. Debby, yes there are playgrounds but this sculpture is in the main shopping street so is generally busy with families during the school holiday period. Too tempting!

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  2. Are you referring to the world famous "When I Grow Up" Statue by Darren Jackson? It would be interesting to learn what Darren Jackson thought about children climbing all over his creation. Personally I would protect it with razor wire and a slavering rottweiler called Satan.

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  3. I suppose it depends on what the statue is JayCee. For example there is a bronze statue of Fungie the friendly Dolphin in Dingle(I have featured it on my blog) and children climb all over it and have their photos taken. Obviously if it was a statur commemorating the Great War fallen that would not be acceptable for children to play on it.

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    1. I think the lady's worry was that there are lots of pieces that may get broken off. I have now added a photo to show the sculpture.

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  4. I think the sculpture in question looks like it is not to be climbed over. Discussions like mums pointing out chess pieces etc. would be appropriate.

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    1. I agree, but it seems some parents don't.

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  5. Statues usually are climbed over by kids, older and younger, and that one just invites interaction. However the parents attitude is terrible.

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    1. I think I must be terribly old fashioned. If I had climbed on that as a child it would have earned me a thick ear!

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  6. Jaycee, your comment about getting a thick ear made me smile, i would have got one too

    Hazel

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  7. This sculpture doesn't look like a suitable climbing frame, but one to be looked at, and as Rachel says, explained - a small piece of local history. With the attitude of many parents of young children, I wonder what kind of adults they will turn out to be?
    It makes you wonder if children are taught any respect at all these days. A friend informs me that the majority of youngsters these days want to be Celebrities when they grow up!

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    1. There must be more Celebs around than normal people these days.

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  8. The statue of Hans Christian Andersen in Copenhagen has him seated. The lap has experienced so many other seats it is a bright polished gold colour. Somehow appropriate. Public art, if intended to last, should be sturdy or the artist hasn't earned their commission. If it has bits on it that might injure a junior mountaineer, i say let them injure themselves; there is no lesson like pain. As for the parents who think respect is outdated, I'd love to know what they'd make of an encroachment on something they hold dear. Respect is a keystone of civilization.

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  9. You are right that respect never goes out of style, JayCee. Why shouldn't children be encouraged to be polite and respectful? Everyone benefits from that, including parents (and grandparents!)
    :)

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    1. Somehow we seem to be losing that aspect of society.

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  10. Maybe they think that the little darlings should be allowed to paint-spray all over them too.

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    1. Ooh, now there's an idea. Inspiring their innate creativity.

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  11. Nowadays, everyone thinks it’s OK to do whatever they want ….. it’s their right !!!!!!!!! I don’t think it bodes well for the future !!! XXXX

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  12. Sad to think there is a generation of adults with little or no regard for public property, their children are tomorrows adults. So heaven help us oldies. When I see children apparently wild and noisy I always think thank goodness they're not coming home with me!

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  13. That was an interesting discussion, JayCee. What do you have in store for us tomorrow? I await with bated breath!

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    1. Perhaps another bland, boring post? 😁

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  14. My children would not have been allowed to climb on that statue !!

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    1. It seems that opinions have changed with the passing of years. I am out of touch it seems.

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  15. That's awful. Giving kids absolutely free rein teaches them nothing and turns them into adult hooligans with no respect for anyone else.

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    1. Well, that was my thinking but I wondered whether I was just being out of touch with modern parenting.

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