When the wind blows is probably the most heartbreaking movie I’ve seen in my life. I was maybe 4 or 5 years old when I saw it and it made such a huge impact on me, I refused to remember the title for years, to a point where I almost forgot it even existed. It has stuck with me all these years, though, and I’m pretty convinced, in some way, it made me become the person I am today. I remember feeling deeply sad, lost and confused for days. Months. Years. I’ll always thank my parents for letting me watch it at such a young age, instead of just turning the TV off and sparing the trouble –for them and for me. They sat by my side as I witnessed how cruel the world could be. It made me stronger, more aware of things and more sensitive about other people’s pain. Which is a great first step to avoid becoming a selfish idiot.
Don’t keep your kids from seeing how things work: just guide them through the process, be there for them, let them know they can make a difference. Don’t lock them in a cage full of ponies, rainbows and glitter: take their hand and explore together. Let them hit the ground, swiftly. But let them fall, or they won’t ever understand how hard rising from the ground is.