“Listen to the mustn’ts, child. Listen to the don’ts. Listen to the shouldn’ts, the impossibles, the won’ts. Listen to the never haves, then listen close to me… Anything can happen, child. Anything can be.” Shel Silverstein
“We call a child’s mind “small” simply by habit; perhaps it is larger than ours is, for it can take in almost anything without effort”. Christopher Morley
Morley spoke no truer words than this. From zero to eleven we witness tremendous growths in our children. Their observations of sights and sounds as babies spur their exploration to touch, feel, absorb. They crawl; take first steps to walking and running. The speech begins with little words such as “Mama, Dada, stop, no” to full blown sentences. They learn through play and imitation. Our little me’s who impress us, irritate us, but loves us unconditionally. It is during these formative years, as parents and teachers we have an obligation, a duty to help them plant their feet in knowledge; to stay hungry and passionate about learning; to teach them about empathy and compassion. We shape the next generation to take our place as future leaders and caregivers. It’s a tremendous honor and a heavy duty but not a second would I trade as a parent or an educator to witness the journey of a child.