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Dominic

I'm with you, Tim. Places like Italy and Spain seem to still get it. That's the kind of life I want to live. That's the kind of world I want to live in. The focus is on God, family, community, food, and drink. It's a simpler life, but one I long for. I wonder if there's anything like that here in the states.

Foxfier

...that clip from Spain sounds exactly like the valley where I grew up for the first bit of my life.

The "new families" in the valley have been there for less than a decade and are still getting use to it, my siblings and I went to the same schools our dad, aunts and uncles had-- even had some of the same teachers- that sort of thing.

Thing is, there's a few ways to utterly poison that-- and they all boil down to "have someone who doesn't play by the rules."

That can apply to those who abuse children, those who refuse to discipline their children, those who try to subvert children.

There's a large group of physical adults that never grew up, and will get a great deal of enjoyment out of getting other peoples' children to do things that are either against the rules of their parents or are flatly abhorrent to their parents. There's a larger group that will try to convert any children around them to whatever their pet project is-- usually "for their own good," but always against the presumed will of the parents.

For a "everyone watches the kids" setup to work, you have to have a very solid, unvarying culture in the area. Hollywood stereotypes notwithstanding, the 'burbs are pretty diverse in their ideas and ideals.

e.

"If I could start my own Catholic radio empire..."

Well, supposedly, there's EWTN radio; although, I never seem to have access to it locally. *grin*

Michael

How sad for those poor Spaniards! Just think of all the extra hours at the factory, watching primetime TV, and getting indoctrinated at the public schools that they miss out on. Wasting all that time on family, sheesh. Remember, time is money!

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