Looking Forward…and the peanut rock
It is early morning, sun not up yet, granddaughter and her Poppa still fast asleep and Meme up, coffee, half a pot down, keyboard clicking….so many things to look toward.
She’s up, tells Poppa…“time to wake up, Poppa!” Comes through dark rooms to get to office where I am, “Mornin’ Meme!” Such enthusiasm for the new day….“Sun not wake up Meme?” It’s waking up sweetie…“Oh! I see it, sky gettin light!” “Where we going Meme?” We aren’t going anywhere….“Why we not going somewhere Meme?” We don’t need to….“Why we not need to Meme? I need go somewhere Meme”. Why? I say…..“Don’t say ‘why’ Meme, that my special word, you not say ‘why’!”
Why? Such a special, wondrous word. Children question everything because they always want to know more. As adults we lose that need to know the reasons why….why? The little people in my life have given me new perspective on my purpose here. My new mission…to be the best Meme ever! Why, because the best way I can help to insure a bright future for them is to teach them that decisions should be based on knowledge and all knowledge is within their reach as long as they are willing to work to find it. When they ask us why, they expect an answer. Knowing that we know things is reassuring and then teaching them that we don’t have all the answers and how to look for them gives them confidence in themselves. Cultivating a love for life, questioning everything, learning the reasons why insures that they won’t just except the status quot on face value.