My World vs. Today’s World


The world today is so different from when we were children. I always tell people I don’t know if my mom sheltered us or things have changed so drastically. 

I remember growing up playing outside with my siblings every day. We were children and we were kept in a child’s place. In elementary school, I remember losing three classmates to death. And even then I didn’t realize what was going on. I didn’t really know what death was until middle school when we lost my great grandmother, the late Ora Bell Parker Sweatman. I remember how hurt my siblings and I were because we were so close to her.

Fast forward to today. I’ve had to explain to my children often about the dangers of the world, and death. And although I’m not exposing it to them in their daily lives, I still have to make them aware of what’s going on in the world to protect them. I never thought this would be our world today. It’s definitely not a world I want my children to grow up in, but I have no choice. 

Recently I started watching the news with them. It’s not something we always did together but it’s something we now do because I want them to ask me questions. I want them to be aware of all that goes on. Especially my daughters because one day they will leave the nest and begin their own lives. And I don’t want them to go into the world clueless as to what goes on. 

I wish I could protect my children forever. I wish I could keep them here with me always, but I also don’t want them to not experience the world and the good things it has to offer them.

What are some things some of you have done to prepare your children for the world? 

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Marissa was born in Charleston, South Carolina on Sept, 27, 1986 to James Sweat and the late Tracy Graham. She is the youngest girl of six, two sisters and three brothers. She grew up in Holly Hill, and graduated from Holly Hill Roberts High. Marissa furthered her education at Midlands Technical College, receiving a certificate in Early Childhood Education in 2017 and an associate degree in Early Childhood Education in 2018. She has been married for seven years to her husband Terence Evans. Together they have three children (Jaylen, Jada and Ny’Asia Evans). Her oldest and only boy, Jaylen, has cerebral palsy, epilepsy, and autism. Marissa and her husband are also the founders of the movement #Dontstare which is to raise awareness to how rude staring can be.


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