Dear Midsummer’s Day, Already? Two more days until the summer solstice and then the length of daylight will be reducing each day as we head towards winter. I am NOT ready for this!
Dear Parents, What on earth are you thinking of, buying Grant Theft Auto 5 for your 8 year old son? I struggle to understand your reasons – GTA 5 has an 18 rating! I was astonished when a child told me this week that he was looking forward to home time because, while he was at school, his mum was going to buy him the game for his Playstation. Further questioning of the group I was working with showed that he is not alone in having access to games like this. I did a little research later, because the boy wasn’t too clear in his description of the game, just that it had fighting. I found out that the three main characters are a man on the edge of a breakdown, a young man willing to do anything for money and a meth-dealing psychopath with a capacity for violent cruelty and sexual aggression. These characters can use a wide variety of customisable guns and as you progress through the game you measure your success by your weapon collection. The point of the game is to commit crimes, outrun the police and generally cause havoc, death and destruction. As I was reading, I wondered whether you, the parents, had actually played the game and seen its true content, or whether you were just viewing it as something to keep your child happy and quiet, probably in another room. Something is going wrong in society when children of this age are playing, with parental consent, games like this.
Dear weather people, Keep it up! We’re enjoying this pleasant weather
Dear TV cookery programmes, There seem to be an awful lot of of you on at the moment and there is the possibility of overindulgence – I will have to be careful!
Dear goldfinches, Why the long absence? It’s nice to have you back again.
Have a good Friday everyone.