Growing up safe

I was sitting in the sun at our local park, watching parents and grandparents playing in the children’s area with their toddlers. One mom was enjoying the merry-go-round with big brother, but little brother was something else! Having just been liberated into the wonderful world of running, hands held high with joy (and for balance), he made a beeline for the far end of the enclosure as fast as he could toddle.

Having passed by all the playground equipment, this very young man attacked the gate with extraordinary energy, rattling and shaking it in an attempt to get it open. Wise mom stayed put, knowing that it was securely fastened well above his head height, as the playground had been carefully designed to protect the young children who use it. Soon mom came and gathered him up with big hugs, and taught him to enjoy what was around him. Eventually the time came to strap him safely into his buggy, open the gate, and head for home.

Rethinking the pursuit of wealth
April 21, 2014

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