My littlie son, who is only 3, is in some ways, my great teacher (p.s., don’t worry, I am still the boss).
He naturally engages with the world, in a way that I effort-fully remind myself to do, many times a week (P.s. I’m not saying he isn’t super hard work ;)).
Through Nicholas’ eyes, everything is perfect, just as it is.
He appreciates everything he has in the present moment (especially the smile on mommy’s face and being around people he loves: his daddy, grand-dad, and tetas) and there is no ‘better life,’ in a ‘better house,’ with ‘more holidays,’ to make belief.
The most intriguing, exciting time is today.
There are no roles for him to fill, no pretending to be anything other what he sees and feels.
He expresses exactly what his eyes capture and doesn’t conceal or repress his emotions – at any time, I know exactly how he feels.
His every moment isn’t a hostage to thoughts and worries, instead, he is hearing the birds sing, the whispers of the ocean, and smells the scent of jasmine in the evening breeze.
He takes my hand, as if to invite me to come into his world – where time never rushes, where lungs breathe easily, where the views are half-divine, and where the heart is somewhere else – amongst the peacefulness of his laughter and the wonder in his eyes.
While there is so… much for me to teach and model to my little Nicholas, and my every day is chock block full of effort to try to respond to him in the most optimal and consistent way that facilitates his learning, I keep in mind also these reminders from Jesus, to not forget to learn from him:
Verily I say unto you, Whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little child, he shall not enter therein. (Mark 10:15King James Version (KJV))
And Jesus called a little child unto him, and set him in the midst of them, And said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven. Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven. And whoso shall receive one such little child in my name receiveth me. (Matthew 18:2-6, King James Version (KJV))
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