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Things characteristic of childhood, things characteristic of adulthood

   Things characteristic of childhood.

     - Everything is new for us.  It is a big world and we are 
        learning about it.  It is a time in our lives for 
        discovery and learning. 

     - Occasions like Christmas, Halloween, birthdays, etc. mean a 
        lot to us.  They are all new to us.  We learn for the 
        first time about Christmas trees, Santa Claus, Jack-o-
        lanterns, etc. 

     - It is a time for playing, games, activity and imagination.  
        It is a time for high spirits, enthusiasm, exuberance.  
        The young, not only of the human species but also of the 
        animal world, are playful, frisky and exuberant (as seen 
        in the playfulness of young kittens, puppies, bear cubs, 
        etc.).  Children love toys, building blocks, tinker-toys 
        and sand boxes. 

     - Children are dependent on their parents for the basic 
        essentials of life (food, shelter, clothing, protection 
        from a hard world).  They assume these basic essentials as 
        givens, pay no thought to them, are without care in regard 
        to them. 

     - Childhood thinking is characterized by idealism, 
        impracticality and by considerable ignorance (especially 
        in regard to the realities of life). 

   Things characteristic of adulthood

     - responsibility, duty, obligation

     - concern for the practicalities of life, especially the 
        acquisition of the basic necessities of life (i.e. food, 
        shelter, clothing) 

     - self-reliance, independence

   June 1992

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