What can we give our children that really matters? This month, through letters to my children, I am exploring those things that I hope and pray that they will receive – either today, tomorrow or 30 years from now. Once they can read, I will share these with them. Personally, It is my hope, that through the process of writing these letters will help me be a better parent and human being. I hope those who read them may find them helpful too!
To my son (M) and daughter (C),
M, I love to watch you grab onto something. Recently you have grabbed onto the idea of catching animals so they don’t hurt people after watching various shows on Animal Planet. Whatever the subject, I love watching you become fascinated and excited, wanting to learn more, and then do it yourself. Your creative – to use your own word – traps for catching snakes, that now are throughout the garage and basement, are something I would never have thought of! Then just today you said that you are an inventor like Aviva on Wild Kratts!
You see something and just grab on, with your heart and mind and hands, and explore it to its fullest. Curiosity is something that comes naturally to children, but seems to be a special gift of yours.
I love the drive to explore possibilities, the ongoing curiosity, I just hope and pray that it stays with you for your lifetime.
I hope and pray that both of you take this amazing opportunity to be in this world to our explore it. I pray that you have the gift of curiosity and that your family, friends and teachers can help you to develop and refine it.
Through curiosity, you can discover so much! You can explore and know the beauty of God’s creation. You can learn how this world works, how people work, how anything works!
Yet, I also hope that you learn to honor your unique curiosity. M, you love to know how things work! C, you are showing a drive to help others – perhaps this will lead you to be curious about people, or teaching, or healing, or…
My own curiosity as a child led me to ask God to teach me “what all this is about”, and if He did, I would do whatever He wanted me to do! If I only knew what that internal question and that divine inspiration would lead me to! However, I hope that at some point you both are able to ask such a naive, if not courageous, question, that may voice your life’s path.
May your curiosity always continue, may it grow and multiply with every new answer – or question – that you are led to. Wherever it may lead you, may you be blessed by what you discover!
(I am surely curious about where life will take you and pray I will be around for a long time to see it!)