I stood there, befuddled, on the sidewalk as I watched this 12 year old girl paint the above picture on a store window…
In case you can’t make out the lettering, it’s a picture of two tombstones and a ghost.
One tombstone reads:
“Lehman Brothers, There’s no brotherly love now.”
The other reads:
“Bear Stearns, It was hunting season.”
And, the ghost is saying:
This, by the way, was painted on the window of a local mom and pop pharmacy by a girl who looked to be about 12 or 13 years old, with her mom overseeing. It was on the main corner of our neighborhood. And, it was part of an annual celebration, where kids come out and paint the windows of stores in town in anticipation of Halloween.
Watching this unfold raised a lot of questions for me, among them…
- What’s happened to just being a kid?
- Who was really speaking in this painting?
- What was this kid thinking as she came up with the idea, then painted it?
- What was her mom thinking?
- What about all the parents and their families who’ve been devastated by the collapses, especially in NYC, who’ll walk by this everyday?
- What about the store owner, the role they want to play in the community and the message they want to send?
- Is there a need to be sensitive to what’s going on in the greater economy or not so much?
- Is this an appropriate way to make a political statement?
My guess is, there are a lot of other questions this brings up for different people.
Some folks are already strongly opposed to Halloween on either religious, ethical or anti-consumer grounds. That’s a whole different conversation. But, my more immediate question is what this particular incident says about the nature of kids, families and communities these days.
So, what do you think?
How would you answer the above questions?
What other questions does this raise for you?
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