The best parents learn from their children.
A child is honest and unimpressed. He says unabashedly that the "emperor has no clothes."
A child is curious. Tell him that God made him and all other people, and he would want to know who made God.
A child is simple. He asks questions. He isn't afraid to say he doesn't know.
A child has a gift of wonder. His heart leaps up when he sees a rainbow painting the sky or a lizard trying to catch a fly.
A child is fearless. He doesn't yet know that strange-looking people are not to be trusted.
A child knows how to love indiscriminately. He loves the kid next door even if he lives in a shanty and doesn't have gameboy and tv. He loves pets even if they drool, are unruly, and smell funny.
A child is intuitive. He senses when he is truly loved. He feels beyond the mouthed "I love you's" and the token hugs and kisses.
A child knows ... he simply knows.
Why is childhood a metaphor of the human ability to see what is true and good and real? Why does the child intuitively understand nature and the universe? Is it because he is still connected with pre-birth existence? Or because he has a mind yet uncorrupted by so-called reason?
I really don't know.
All I know is that I have children:
- Who taught me to welcome cats and dogs into my house, even and especially when they are stray, abandoned, and dirty.
- Who made me believe they had seen and talked with God as children although they do not remember how the conversation went.
- Who had, as children, enigmatic friends suspiciously named Morfan, Karmol and Duchay who I never met but curiously learned to like.
- Who asked, when I insisted they went to church, whether God wouldn't have liked it better if they helped someone sad or hard up.
- Who told me I would have been a cooler mom if I knew how to listen more.
- Who, when I fretted over a few thousand pesos filched from my wallet, urged me to forget it "because it's only money."
- Who would tease me sometimes "to go, get a life."
"Come here," I told her. "Let me hold your hand," hoping against hope that by some osmotic process her gift of happiness would rub off on me. As we sat, hands linked, I began to feel ... uhmm ... almost happy.
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