Friday, August 8, 2008

Learning From Children


Children's Speech
When you speak to your children, their speech is so simple yet so sincere. They look at you intently yearning for your attention. They touch you, hold you, and caress you to tell you how much you mean to them. They wait attentively for you to speak without interrupting unnecessarily. They speak sweetly, softly yet audibly to you. But you... Where have your attention and care to these children gone after all these years?

Children's Laughter
When you play and joke with your children, they never fail to laugh heartily; they laugh and laugh without reserve, and they never fail to make you laugh even when you try to control yourself not to. Their laughter disperses all your toils and troubles. But you... Where have your laughter to these children gone after all these years?

Children's Obedience
When you bring your children everywhere, they never fail to look up to you. They wouldn't let go of your hands even as you try to. They follow closely to you until they are sleepy and tired. Then they urge you to carry and yearn for your hug as you continue your journey. Your children teach you patience and obedience. But you... Where have you lost your patience and obedience after all these years?

Children's Growth
When you see your children grow, they never give up in their struggles. They fall often but they never fail to stand up. They make mistakes often but they never fail to make amend and try to perfect their skills. But you become even more judgemental; you hinder, you obstruct and you make their way even more difficult. But you.. How have you progressed after all these years?

And so...
As I teach and as I learn all these years, I perceive that I am only a child teaching another child the way of the adult. And so I pray... Oh God, Teach me how to live as an adult that Our children may know your way of an adult through me. Amen.

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