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I Loved Her Enough, a historical novel set in 1933 in New York City and rural Delaware, shows life as a child in the 1930s and how to combat child poverty.
In her historical novel set in 1933 in New York City and rural Delaware, I Loved Her Enough, Diane H. Lane vividly recaptures the grittiness and the bleakness of life in that era while also maintaining the optimism and vibrancy that a child may see the world with through their innocent eyes.
It is a lovely and compassionate story of struggle and overcoming poverty as a child, but not without the abstract trappings of hope and inevitability. I Loved Her Enough is, at times, harsh and justifiably so, being set in the incredibly difficult time of the Great Depression, but it is also a wonderful and realistic portrayal of what a child suffers through and experiences in a time of immense instability and uncertainty.
The Importance of A Good Childhood
With all that in mind, if society is to ever truly shield children away from harm and prevent more of them from suffering the same, whether it was then when there was widespread chaos and such or now when there is the presence of a wealthier and more advanced society and government, there have to be actions taken to combat child poverty.
An individual’s childhood years are when the foundational and formative years emerge. This is the time when children develop their primary principles and baseline views of the world, i.e., their fundamental axioms, even if they themselves did not actively choose them. This is because much of how we develop in childhood is experiential. An individual at this age has yet to understand the necessity of introspection and retrospection. They are still going with what they encounter with their senses.
As such, it is critically important that childhood is a time of security, safety, and openness.
A fulfilling childhood can be the difference between a successful life later on or a pretty damaged one. That is why making it so that every child, wherever on this Earth, has a warm and welcoming childhood is extremely important–not just for the individual child but for the whole of society.
All children deserve to live in a world where they are free of needless suffering and exploitation. Every child should have the right to learn about themselves and the world around them and thrive without unnecessary obstacles. Every child should get to reach their fullest potential–and it should be so because it is right, not because they were born into affluence or in a country that allowed them to.
To this end, everyone must learn about the importance of having a fulfilling childhood and learn how to combat child poverty.
How To Combat Child Poverty
The goal of learning how to combat child poverty is so that every child has a nourishing and welcoming family and household, adequate material support, affordable and quality healthcare outcomes, abundant, nutritious food, open and effective education that unlocks the fullness of their beings, safe and secure living spaces, and a variety of opportunities for growth and development to choose from when they grow older. These are all things that are necessary so a child can grow up to be a holistically developed individual, who is capable of learning for themselves, understanding the world with nuance, and giving back to the community.
But while these are lofty and worthy goals, it is a future that can only be realized if put into practice. While there have already been plenty of proposals to alleviate and directly combat child poverty within the US Congress, chief of which was Biden’s American Rescue Plan, these are simply good starts and not final actions.
To truly and effectively combat child poverty and end it, radical action must be taken, and more creative voices must be allowed into the stage.