Saturday, January 24, 2009

Thanks, Jodi

This is stolen from my friend Jodi's blog, because I thought it was so beautiful:

"I am struck by the fact that the more slowly trees grow at first, the sounder they are at the core, and I think the same is true of human beings.

We do not wish to see children precocious, making great strides in their early years like sprouts, producing a soft and perishable timber, but better if they expand slowly at first, as if contending with difficulties, and so are solidified and perfected.

Such trees continue to expand with nearly equal rapidity to extreme old age."

-- Henry David Thoreau

Occasionally, I'll wonder if our mission to have play-filled early years for our children will have them lose out on some experience or growth, and this came at a lovely time.

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