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My 10 Year Old Said , “We’re All Gonna Die”

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In Auburn elementary kids have ‘Half-Day Wednesday’ so the school day ends at 11:30 am. Usually I pick up my 5th grade son Justin when he gets out and today I did. He comes running up the hill with a big smile on his face and says jokingly “We’re all gonna die.” I asked, “Why do you say that?” He replied, “Because of the Mayans and its 12/12/12.” I just shook my head and told him we’re still going to buy groceries, just in case. He was also kidding about a bucket list and what was on it, including having a soda on a weekday for lunch which we allowed. You know that saying, you pick your battles.

I didn’t think about this until I got into the car, but what if some kids who hear the world’s going to end, really think it will. The Mayan Calendar they say ends on December 21, 2012 which is predicted to be the demise, apocalypse or doomsday. I mean there are no guarantees in life, but I’d bet the world will continue as normal on December 22nd. Some children are more sensitive than others and stress more about life. Just a heads up to possible sadness in children over the next week.

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