Most of what frightens children doesn't frighten adults. We know there aren't monsters in the closet or under our bed. We can hear thunder or sit in total darkness and not be afraid. But most children have something over on us adults fear-wise. Kids can read the headlines or watch the news without losing sleep.
Like so many in our country, I'm scared. This snowball someone started has grown mighty big and is picking up steam. Each new week seems to have the wrecking ball smashing into a different industry, from financial to automotive to newspapers. Businesses are closing or downsizing or furloughing employees.
It's enough to make most any grownup wish for the 7-year-old's equivalent of crawling in bed with Mom and Dad so they could feel safe.
My Pollyanna glasses have slipped so far down my nose, I'm not sure I'm strong enough to shove them back up.
I know this is a great country, and I know we've been through times worse than this and rebounded just fine. There's no other country on earth where I'd rather live. Even at our worst, we still have it mighty darn good.
But that doesn't mean I don't long for the simple, innocent love for our country that Emma has.
I just hope Emma's "America" doesn't turn out to be the name of a boy in her class.
Karin Fuller can be reached via e-mail at karinful...@cnpapers.com.