OPINION: I’m Not Too Young to Sit at the Adults’ Table This Thanksgiving

Nakia Harmon, Opinion Editor

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On Nov. 28, thousands of families and loved ones will be gathered together to celebrate Thanksgiving. While gathering together for this celebration, people will express their gratitude to one another and indulge in food. Although everyone appears to be “together”, there is a small barrier between the adults and the kids. I am referring to the adults’ table and the kids’ table. I’m not throwing the kids’ table underneath the bus by saying that it’s one of the worst experiences that I’ve had during my childhood, but I think that there’s an age where children are too old to trace turkeys from their hands.

The adults’ table shouldn’t be looked at as some sort of secret society where only the most sophisticated and intellectual children at the gathering get the privilege of temporarily holding a seat. I think that kids should start sitting at the adults’ table at the age of thirteen which is the age that I began sitting at the adults’ table during Thanksgiving. I think that taught me how to converse about serious topics with my adult relatives. Sitting at the adults’ table during Thanksgiving has helped me to become confident in my own voice and has helped me learn how to face criticism when a relative doesn’t necessarily agree with my opinion on a certain topic. Kids today have gotten the label of being phone-obsessed where we’re only seen with our eyes glued to a screen. As soon as we take our eyes from the screen and express our own take on an issue we’re told that we’re too young to understand. I honestly know that I don’t know as much as my parents do since they have been living on the Earth longer than I have. I still believe that the words that I express in a conversation have as much importance to them as the words that they express in a conversation with me.

A child should be introduced to the so-called “grown-up conversations”  at the adults’ table during Thanksgiving when they’re of the age of thirteen. This is referring to the conversations that adults think that kids are too immature to understand. While sitting around the turkey and stuffing on Thanksgiving, everyone at the gathering should have the ability to join in whatever type of conversation as they wish. All kids should eventually sit at the adults’ table during Thanksgiving to mature their conversations. Learning how to converse with adults about worldly topics isn’t meant to arise any conflicts during a cordial holiday gathering, but this introduces children to conversations that they may have to partake in when they embark into the real world.

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