Neither Little Man or LP have really started to understand the concept of time yet. They know getting up time, breakfast time, school time, lunch time, home time, dinner time, bath time and bed time but they don’t really know what actual time that any of these things happen. On top of this they don’t have much concept of the past, present or future but LP has started learning about things like tenses at school and so her questions, and understanding, have taken a giant leap forward.
LP has been asking about the past, about things like what it was like for Dave and I growing up, where we lived, where we went to school and more about our families and where everyone is now. She has been asking question after question, whether – on the way to school – breakfast was the past and whether yesterday and last week were the past too.
But then she started asking about the future. She couldn’t really get her head around things that haven’t happened yet – and how would you know whether they were going to happen or not. The idea of tomorrow, next week and next summer were fine for her but anything else seemed to blow her mind. But then, she came out with something so serious, and so big for a five year old, that it pretty much stopped me in my tracks.
‘Mummy, am I the Future?’
It made me realise that actually, yes, LP – and Little Man too – are the future. As all of our children are. They are what we are doing everything for – they are the reason to make change in the world, to make it a better place, look for cures to illnesses, stop wars and make choices that can last generations.
But, on a smaller level, at home, I know that the things I show my children and the things I teach them now will stay with them until long after I am gone. I know the foundations we are building now will be things that the children remember and that they learn from. I know that it’s my job, as well as the other people in the children’s lives, to show them how to be good, kind and honest. How to be thankful, respectful and appreciative. To show them good values, good ethics and morals and to answer their questions as best as I can even if sometimes I don’t know all the answers.
Yes, LP, you are the future. A future that is bright, beautiful and full of hope. That future can be whatever you want it to be and I am sure you will walk towards it with an open mind and an open heart.
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