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    Dreams for My Children


    I dream of a world for my children:
    Where breezes are scented with lavender,
    Rain drops on their faces,
    And birds sing in the morning sun.


    I dream of a world for my children:
    Where butterflies kiss their noses,
    Nature’s music arises from a hidden brook,
    And fireflies light up the night.


    I dream of a world for my children:
    Where they collect wildflowers in the forest,
    Smile at the sight of dolphins feeding at low tide,
    And drink lemonade while watching the setting sun.


    I dream of a world for my children:
    Where they play freely in the grass,
    giggle at things for no reason,
    And wake up to a day full of promise.


    Dreams for my children are wishes:
    I think of when they laugh,
    I make when they cry,
    And whisper in their ears when I kiss them goodnight.

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    "So was I once myself a swinger of birches.
    And so I dream of going back to be.
    ..One could do worse than be a swinger of birches.
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    --Robert Frost

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    Wow, the imagery in this is very powerful.... I think part of the "growing up" process is learning to care more for the happiness of others than you do for yourself... or at least just caring more for the happiness of others period.

    I think one mistake people make is that children are simple and that you need to dumb things down for them. I think just the opposite, I think children are able to learn much more quickly and make rational relationships much easier than adults.

    Some times they even surprise us with the funny way they arrive at things, but if you take a moment to look through their eyes, I think that it's more often us who have accepted a twisted and non-senseical way of doing things.

    As beautiful as this poem is about our dreams FOR children, I also think that the dreams OF children are very precious things. For those of you who have children, read them an epic poem and talk about it with them.

    I think most 5 year olds could give you interpretations equal to college freshman in a poetry class. Ask them questions like "what do you think this means?" or "what is the poet talking about here?" ... and you'll be amazed with the answers they can give you.

    In our efforts to keep violence and sex away from young minds, I think we also censor out material that we think is "over their heads" ... the scientific truth is, children start to lose their natural ability to learn new langagues with ease around age 7. Most foreign language classes don't start until age 10.

    Go figure.

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    Destructo,

    That is very true.

    I believe children come into this world with a wealth of understanding beyond our comprehension. What we do is "acclimate" them to the world as we know and understand it, getting them ready to fit into the social fabric of humankind.

    SO, the question on my mind every day, and I am sure on the minds of other parents, is how do we do this without taking away their creative impulses, natural responses, and inherent knowledge?

    I feel that if I can expose my children to what the world - meaning nature, earth - has to offer by taking them to see natural wonders, exposing them to different cultures, and at the same time teaching them to be good stewards of the earth - I can at least begin to add to, or open, their understanding of life.

    I have read to both my children, while pregnant, & continue to this day. I have exposed them to all different kinds of music. I have introduced them to art in its many forms and interpretations.
    Just in doing this, I have learned a great deal by their responses. My oldest, Isabella, draws the most interesting pictures. Her first picture was of a jelly fish, and her second of two "stick" people with huge bubble heads and smiles, with triangles for arms, holding each other. When I asked her what the picture was, she said "friends".

    As for censorship, where do we begin and end? Does a child know a word is bad if we never cringe, laugh or chastise them for its use? Will a child become offended or disgusted at the site of a naked body if we never tell them it is inappropriate to see in public, in print or on TV ?

    I am sure the one thing that scientests the world over would like to get their hands on, is a true wild child to see the nature vs. nurture in full effect.

    I know first hand being a mother, watching my first child grow and learn was wonderful, but the second time around is amazing. The way my children interact with each other (oldest is 3yrs and youngest 8 mths) is unbelieveable. My 8mth old is so in tune with my 3yr olds emotions and is very curious to play with her whenever she can. I was worried they would be disinterested in one another or indifferent, and have found it to be quite the opposite.

    Children are so fragile when they come into the world. Small, beautiful, trusting. They need us to nurture and protect them in the beginning, but only for a while, then they want to be free of our strong hold and go out into the world and make of it what they will.

    Amazing.

    Thank you for your post, it really makes one think!
    "So was I once myself a swinger of birches.
    And so I dream of going back to be.
    ..One could do worse than be a swinger of birches.
    "
    --Robert Frost

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