In response to daily post’s one-word prompt: Lollipop
I very seldom tasted lollipop as a child, my Dad discouraged us, to him it had no nutritional value. I think he knew his kids like others in the neighborhood, would suck it and leave it on the grass or any kind of bench, lick it and leave it again.
He did not like seeing something sweet and sticky, left for the flies to sit on and could visualize one of his kids go back and forth to lick some more of that disgusting candy on a small stick.
I’d say kids are different from adults, they are carefree they do things without thinking, like leaving a licked candy on a bench or floor and go back for the taste of the smeared candy with dust or whatever without thinking . This is why I believe kids are innocent, their lives are simple, they see their surrounding as innocent.
If you tell a kid, ‘throw away this candy, it’s not good for you.’
They’ll immediately question your judgment, to him or her, it’s all right, we are strange adults who have no idea what we’re talking about.
But we adults try to keep our kids safe, sometimes it backfires, because they do things behind our back. This is when their innocence takes a hit.