It is a beautiful, hot, sunny day in my part of the world this morning.
As I watch my two daughters playing together kindly, sweetly, co-operatively, sharing and taking turns, I marvel at the miracles that are possible from time to time when dealing with small children. I am sure that they will be gouging each other's eyes out in mere moments but, for now, they are the epitome of childhood innocence and perfection.
Being a parent (and a teacher), I have found that, often, the best way to help children develop into well-adjusted, positive-minded adults is to treat them with honesty, fairness and respect. There are plenty of moments that provide opportunities for the teaching of life lessons along the way. Knowing how to handle such sensitive moments properly can help to lay a foundation of trust that will bear fruit, later in life, when the consequences of our children's decisions may leave more permanent marks on their lives. In that light, please enjoy my entry into this weekend's Trifextra challenge.
Under a cotton ball sky
A nest is discovered,
One egg left unhatched.
Tiny hands reach out
To cradle newfound treasure
Lessons in life and death ensue
The price of growing up:
When I think about moments life this, I recall one time when TV actually led the way. In what is widely considered one of the finest moments ever in all of broadcasting history, The Children's Television Workshop accorded children everywhere the ultimate compliment by treating them with respect and compassion and believing them capable of understanding one of the most sensitive of all topics: Death.
When one of the long time actors on Sesame Street passed away in real life, the writers decided to use his absence as a teachable moment. They did so by having the rest of the adults on Sesame Street help Big Bird understand that Mr. Hooper, his friend, had died and what that actually meant. The airing of this episode was a watershed moment in Television history and one that still is used to help explain the concept of Death to children (most recently during the Sandy Hook tragedy). If you want to see television at its' best then, watch "Big Bird Learns About Death." Sorry, in advance, for making you cry.