Shaping Our Childhood

In the short story, “Meet Kirsten,” the idea of the keyword childhood is portrayed through Kirsten’s own journey through her new life that she will be beginning, which are new experiences that will shape the definition of “her childhood.” In the same way, a new astrology-genius child was just featured on Ellen who fits his own kind of childhood through his experiences learning science and getting to talk on the Ellen show. The term childhood describes a time when one is a child, but the timing of when this occurs as a kid is not certain. The scholar John Locke believed that childhood was related to tabula rasa which is a blank state of mind for which children are born with and then their experiences growing up are what shapes them and their childhood. I think this is an interesting claim because it implies that children’s adventures and play time are actually important for how they will be in the future. In “Meet Kirsten,” Kirsten has to leave her home in Sweden and move all the way to Minnesota, USA. Her childhood is very different than the childhood that I had or many of my friends had. Her experiences shape the way she thinks about the world and how she had to grow up there because she didn’t even speak English like most of the people in her new life. Kirsten’s experiences of her childhood are much different than Xander, the genius kid who was just recently on the Ellen Degeneres show. Xander was brought onto the show to display his high level of intelligence about science at the age of 5. He loves astronomy, chemistry, and biology, and he knows an abundance of cool science facts. Xander’s childhood is about exploring the science world and he even got to meet Ellen. This relates to the idea of tabula rasa and childhood because Xander is creating new experiences for himself that will most likely shape who he becomes. Overall, the definition of childhood and how we define it is unclear, but it is clear that our experiences as children are important for us. Whether it be reading children’s literature, playing with other kids, or even going to meet Ellen, these events are important for everyone growing up.

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