I had to observe a trial for a class I took. Since I had never visited Everett, I decided to go to that courthouse. There are many nice old Victorian houses in Everett that are slowly decaying and in bad condition. The trial was held in February of 2015, in the Snohomish County Superior Courthouse. It involved a man accused of stealing an RV and driving it on a high speed police chase, which ultimately resulted in the destruction of a mobile home.
Observing the trial, I thought about the difference between childhood and adulthood. How adults perceive childhood to be a time of endless possibilities, while a courtroom feels like a place where possibility ends, and punishment begins.
I think for many children, possibility narrows much earlier than adulthood. Adults need not stop believing that possibilities expand before them, but sometimes they do not know how to grasp them.
In the Up documentary series that chronicles the lives of several British citizens as they age, the narrator reads a poem at the beginning of each film, "give me a child until he is seven, and I will give you the man." Who was this man, accused of stealing an RV, when he was seven years old?