Wednesday, March 10, 2010
Adam and Eve had many advantages, but the
principal one was that they escaped teething.
~Mark Twain, Pudd'nhead Wilson, 1894
I was a middle child and doted heavily on my little sister who was about two years younger than me. Okay…I drove her up the wall. She has gorgeous children of her own and is a fabulous wife and mother and I still can’t see her past the age of 12.
My parents had me draw pictures of her while she was in her highchair just so I would keep my little sticky fingers off of her for a few seconds….my dad has told me that’s how I became an artist.
I look at the children and siblings playing within the early childhood setting. We often deal with conflict resolution, sibling rivalry, taking turns, sharing and tantrums.
Then I consider the skills the children build through the tears and laughter and hugs.
Even a plant needs a certain amount of stress to grow strong deep roots.
Future artists, doctors, lawyers,writers, engineers, ah-yes....teachers.....sigh.
Isn’t that lovely…..