Beyond the physical aspect of growing and development, is childhood real?
People grow, evolve develop all through life.
“As soon as you learn death. As soon as you learn you can be hurt, that’s when childhood dies”.
As soon as a child is born, everyone around is rushing to get them to being adults. Get them walking and talking and dressed like miniature adults and we’ll gush over it then suddenly one day they’re immature, babyish and need to grow up or else life will leave them behind. They need to run and get in the race of life, run round the wheel and have a good future.
Childhood is real for as long as the swing is in the air.
“When childhood dies, its corpses are called adults and they enter society, one of the politer names of Hell.” – Brian Aldiss.