Thursday, 20 September 2007

The size of childhood

Adults misunderstand the experience of childhood. We inevitably think of it as a smaller time, a comfortable restriction, hemmed about by family and schools, rules and play; a model-existence; a jewel mode of living. Smaller bodies, smaller anxieties. But of course the child's perspective is nothing so manageable--it looms, terrifying and huge and open-ended ...

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