Wearing Death

My sister called me today and asked me why I had not been blogging because she needed something interesting to read. She is an insatiable reader of everything and nothing, she knows a little bit about everything and can tell you what is going on in any part of the world at any given time.  She soaks up knowledge, so here you go my sister.

There are so many things on my mind. The past few weeks I have had a whirlwind of activity at work and at home.  As I sit in traffic every day sometimes alone, sometimes with a carpooler my mind soaks up everything I see.  As I drive I have flashes of ideas that keep streaming into my mind and I absorb thoughts and I write words on post-it notes to remind me of what I was thinking about at that time, so that will remember to blog about or talk about or in some way capture the thought so it will stay with me and then I can process it later.  At the end of the day I look into my purse for my precious notes – they are all there, crumpled up yellow post-it notes – each with something to say to me.

What is the deal with the Skull and crossbones images? I looked up skull and crossbones, my abbreviation for this will be (SCB) in Wikipedia and it says:  Skull and crossbones is a symbol consisting of a human skull and two long bones crossed together under the skull. It is used in several contexts:

I see them on the back windows of trucks and cars, on clothing of adults both male and female, on the back of the leather jackets of the motorcycle rider and even on their helmets, on bandana’s, scarfs and tattooed on the skin.  I have seen the image before as you have, at Halloween. Now not only is the SCB image on adult clothing it is now adorning the clothing of our children! Yes, you have seen it on children’s t-shirts, pajamas, gloves, earrings, bracelets, headbands, necklaces, wristbands, on backpacks and purses, on socks and on belts – I don’t like it.  My mind tells me that we are teaching our children that wearing death is just fine.  We are not only teaching this to our children and by our sheer lack of interest we tell our children that we really don’t care what they wear.  We give our children so much lip service and it really should come as no surprise to anyone that they go off course without proper guidelines and discipline to make sure they stay focused.

As I read the commentary about why children are attracted to the SCB because of its connection to pirates. And of course everyone knows children like pirates – right? SCB’s are the national symbol for poison. Poison – don’t touch, deadly, will kill you,not good for you at all. I would say that because we have overpopulated this image to the point where our children no longer fear it, that perhaps we should either a) stop or b) change the image of poisonous substances to something that children will know means danger – something like homework maybe? (smile) Children in today’s world really do not have a frame of reference for danger. Imagine what would happen if a young child were to see this SCB image on a container and not knowing that this symbol = poison and that could lead to death.


As adults we really do need to do better.  Children have no money we are the bank to them.  By allowing this image to be marketed to our youth, we are telling them that we really don’t care. We allow them to identify with an image that is poison in its symbolism and it teaches them to accept death and danger as a part of what life has to offer.  When I see it on our children I think they are wearing death. They are so desensitized that nothing really shocks or even scares our children. I think the least that we should do as parents is to clothe our children with love and make them take death off of their backs.

Yolande Barial
Your Words Project: Speaking on Purpose
Seeks to Enrich the Lives of Women through Spoken and Written Word.




“Through her inspirational writings and spiritual poetry, Yolande Barial empowers all sisters, young and seasoned, to become on-purpose for themselves.”


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