Rev. Hood: While I appreciate the analogy in your column of “Puff the magic dragon” having to do with the drug culture, I have a different perspective on it. As a child of the 60s I was all too aware of the drug culture. Many of my friends participated in that culture though I did not .But that was a favorite song of mine for many years before I ever heard any relationship to drugs.
In 1973, I had a male child and “Puff” was the lullaby I sang to him nearly every day until he was old enough to know the words and then he sang with me.
As he grew older, not quite a teen yet, it suddenly dawned on me that the song was really telling the story of a little boy growing up and leaving his toys behind. My son was growing up and he needs and wants were changing rapidly and all the sudden he wasn’t a little boy any longer. What affected me most was the loss of innocence and childhood wonder.
Now my grandson is growing older and is reaching the same point where “Puff the magic dragon” is no longer going to be a favored plaything.
As 1 Corinthians 13:11 tells us, “When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things”.
It’s all about growing up! And isn’t this what God wants us to do? Put away the childish in our lives and life a full, productive life.
Bonnie Jefferson is co-owner of the Albany Journal and has been a resident of Albany since 1956. At one time was a reporter for a local daily newspaper.