You feed us. You dress us. You choose clothes for us. You bathe us. You lay down the law. You sing to us. You watch us sleep. You make us promises and sometimes hope we will not remember them. You tell us stories you hope will frighten us, but not too much. You try to tell us about the world. You explain to us what love is. You explain to us the meaning of war. You kiss us while we are asleep. You whisper when you think we can’t hear. You explain to us that night follows day.
Not my own words: “That night follows day is based on a text written by Etchells himself and catalogues the many ways the children’s world is determined by that of adults. With great clarity and humor it examines the systems of parenthood, upbringing, discipline, care and welfare that define children’s and adolescents’ worlds.”