L. Neil Smith's
THE LIBERTARIAN ENTERPRISE
Number 40, July 9, 1998
Equality With Adults and Children
Honorable Mention Winner, Child Category
By Nolwen Cifuentes (age 10)
Special to The Libertarian Enterprise
People talk normally to adults, but lots of adults belittle
children in different ways without realizing it. To us kids, who
don't feel like toddlers anymore, it is not fair! We want to be
talked to normally. Sometimes, I think adults who use a high pitch to
talk to us sound strange. They tighten their voice and talk very
high! I don't like people who talk like that to me, even if they are
nice, it makes me feel small. I do not want to seem strange when I am
grown! People who talk simply with their normal voice make us feel
equal. However, I don't want children not to like me when I am an
adult! I would be upset if they feel bad because of my attitude.
Neither would I like it if they laugh at me behind my back! I don't
want children to feel small, it isn't fair!
How come adults feel that they can say unpleasant things to
children that they would never say to adults regarding their size or
height ? If I would say to a fat lady how fat I think she is, I would
be considered impolite and rude! But some adults don't hesitate to
remind me how tiny I am for my age, like it is going to change
anything! This hurts my feelings. Little people might be little but
they have big feelings too! When I am invited somewhere, I've never
seen the host forcing my mom to eat, but strangely the host doesn't
have the same attitude toward me! "At least try it!" she says. But
she is not my mother! I just don't like to try new things that look
When the host and my mom talk together, if I interrupt, I would be
scolded. But if I am playing a game with my friend, it is totally all
right if an adult interrupts it. They shouldn't interrupt our games!
This is important for us. Courtesy rules should be practiced in two
ways. This would be more democratic.
We should all be talked normally to. When I am an adult, I want
to remember these feelings. This way I will not repeat the pattern.
It is not fair if adults do not respect us, but expect respect in
return! We don't like it!
Next time a lady tells me I am tiny she better not be fat or have
a long nose! All we can do now is remember our feelings so we'll be
able to talk to younger ones like responsible, important people and
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