““Our integrity sells for so little, but it is all we really have. It is the very last inch of us. But within that inch we are free….. Every inch of me shall perish. Every inch, but one. An inch. It is small and it is fragile and it is the only thing in the world worth having. We must never lose it or give it away. We must NEVER let them take it from us. I hope that whoever you are, you escape this place.
I hope that the worlds turns, and that things get better. But what I hope most of all is that you understand what I mean when I tell you that, even though I do not know you, and even though I may never meet you, laugh with you, cry with you, or kiss you, I love you. With all my heart, I love you…..”
For a shark, I can be remarkably patient and understanding when it comes to children….I like most kids….and I “get” and remember both being a smaller shark and raising little ones.
And when I travel, I carry the magical shark backpack…it has art supplies and cool stuff.
Barf bags make really cool puppets with a few squiggles with a Sharpie… I’ve made them for kids, entertained kids and even handed out small toys to frustrated parents.
However, if as a parent, you aren’t even trying to stop this sorta thing….
This is one reason why I’ll pay extra money in theaters to have an ‘adults only’ experience….having someone repeatedly kick the back of your seat throughout an entire movie is uncool…and makes me ragey.
I remember having restlessness and energy and all that.
I’m not without compassion.
But srsly…. parents, be aware others shouldn’t have to have endless patience for this sorta thing.
Chronic stress-induced hippocampal vulnerability: the glucocorticoid vulnerability hypothesis.
Conrad CD. Rev Neurosci. 2008.
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“The hippocampus, a limbic structure important in learning and memory, is particularly sensitive to chronic stress and to glucocorticoids. While glucocorticoids are essential for an effective stress response, their oversecretion was originally hypothesized to contribute to age-related hippocampal degeneration. However, conflicting findings were reported on whether prolonged exposure to elevated glucocorticoids endangered the hippocampus and whether the primate hippocampus even responded to glucocorticoids as the rodent hippocampus did. This review discusses the seemingly inconsistent findings about the effects of elevated and prolonged glucocorticoids on hippocampal health and proposes that a chronic stress history, which includes repeated elevation of glucocorticoids, may make the hippocampus vulnerable to potential injury. Studies are described to show that chronic stress or prolonged exposure to glucocorticoids can compromise the hippocampus by producing dendritic retraction, a reversible form of plasticity that includes dendritic restructuring without irreversible cell death. Conditions that produce dendritic retraction are hypothesized to make the hippocampus vulnerable to neurotoxic or metabolic challenges. Of particular interest is the finding that the hippocampus can recover from dendritic retraction without any noticeable cell loss. When conditions surrounding dendritic retraction are present, the potential for harm is increased because dendritic retraction may persist for weeks, months or even years, thereby broadening the window of time during which the hippocampus is vulnerable to harm, called the ‘glucocorticoid vulnerability hypothesis’. The relevance of these findings is discussed with regard to conditions exhibiting parallels in hippocampal plasticity, including Cushing’s disease, major depressive disorder (MDD), and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).”