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October 30, 2013

ROOT: Where have you gone, Charlie Brown?

Where have you gone, Charlie Brown?

(Continued)

Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — I applaud the city for what it does for the kids on Halloween. If not for the city’s downtown party, kids may never get to experience what Halloween is all about.

When was the last time anyone saw “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown” on TV? I remember sitting on my couch at home and waiting for the word “special” to come spinning out of the TV, announcing that the holidays had started.

Today, there’s nothing.

When I was a kid, I only knew what I saw on TV, what I learned in school and what my mom told me. That was an innocent way to grow up and I thought it was a lot of fun.

Today, kids grow up faster because they have access to the same information that their parents do. They see the same graphic images that adults see.

Unlike most people, I do not blame video games for the problems today, because that is all fantasy and most kids know that. It is no different than watching Elmer Fudd blast Daffy Duck in the face with a shotgun. It was entertainment, it was fantasy and we all knew that.

As Halloween fades, I wonder what is next. Personally I am revived every Thanksgiving when I see the people packed in to watch the Macy’s parade live. I still get a chill when Santa shows up at the end of the parade and the kids start waving and cheering ...

As for Halloween, I am not expecting much this year. Things have changed so much since my generation was young; it seems like the innocence that made life magical for children is almost gone. That’s really sad.

George N. Root III is a Lockport resident and a kid at heart. His column is published every Wednesday and he types it himself. He can be reached at georgeroot@verizon.net. Happy Halloween!

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