When I watch this Sesame Street clip between Grover and a child, it reminds me of how simple the topic of marriage used to be. From the comments posted, it is clear that even a simple conversation about a child’s thought on marriage provokes strong feelings and debate on gay marriage.
I am saddened by the fact that I am raising children in a culture that questions the basic values of religion, marriage, and having children. These were basic foundational values even when I was growing up in the 70’s and 80’s, and were only questioned by a few. How difficult it is to be a child in a world where these values are questioned, and society makes it confusing.
It reminds me again of how important it is that we discuss these important truths with our children and grandchildren. For instance, this clip would provide an opportunity to discuss your child’s feelings about marriage and to explain that marriage is about so much more than love and companionship. Take the opportunity to explain that marriage is a sacred commitment between a man and a woman that provides the opportunity for children to be born and to grow up in a place where they can be the most happy.
It’s a message that society needs to be reminded of every day.