One of my pet peeves is seeing children dress or act in a manner that is consider “grown up” in nature. Seeing little girls in high heels is probably the thing that grieves me the most. I think advertising puts a lot of these concepts into a child’s mind, and some parents seem to go along with it. I wonder if Nixon Waterman felt that way about children growing up in his generation. Did he see kids that were seemingly being rushed into adulthood? I don’t know, but he does give us something to think about in the following poem that he penned.
Making A Man
Hurry the baby as fast as you can, Hurry him, worry him, make him a man. Off with his baby clothes, get him in pants, Feed him on brain foods and make him advance. Hustle him, soon as he's able to walk, Into a grammar school; cram him with talk. Fill his poor head full of figures and facts, Keep on a-jamming them in till it cracks. Once boys grew up at a rational rate, Now we develop a man while you wait, Rush him through college, compel him to grab Of every known subject a dip and a dab. Get him in business and after the cash, All by the time he can grow a mustache. Let him forget he was ever a boy, Make gold his god and its jingle his joy. Keep him a-hustling and clear out of breath, Until he wins--nervous prostration and death. ---Nixon Waterman