Friday, July 3, 2009
I loved this photo from our foster care program. It reminded me of a quote I had read earlier this week by Francis Thompson, an English poet:
“Know you what it is to be a child? It is to be something very different from the man of to-day. It is to have a spirit yet streaming from the waters of baptism; it is to believe in love, to believe in loveliness, to believe in belief; it is to be so little that the elves can reach to whisper in your ear; it is to turn pumpkins into coaches, and mice into horses, lowness into loftiness, and nothing into everything, for each child has its fairy godmother in its own soul.”
Isn't it amazing that a child, anywhere in the world, whether poor or orphaned, can find a piece of chalk and pretend to be a classroom teacher, can put on a paper crown and transform into a princess, or can pick up a plastic horn and imagine the beautiful music they can play. Every child has dreams, and in the beginning....every child is filled with such innocence on what the world will allow them to become. Our job as adults is to make sure we do everything possible to keep those dreams alive. Nothing is sadder to me than to meet a child who truly believes that hope no longer exists.