My buddy and sometime Slugs & Bugs co-conspiritor Andrew Peterson stopped by the house tonight. His daughter and my daughter are buds and they’ve been practicing singing some songs together – which is fun on many levels. Since sometimes its easier to brag on someone else’s kids than your own, AP’s kids come up in my conversations from time to time, because they are rad. On this very blog, I’ve written about admiring ways AP and Jamie parent their kids.
A month ago, Andrew wrote a deep and meaningful post for the All Pro Dad blog called 5 Things I Want My Children To Know. I’ve been wanting to share it, so I’ll take a break from all the kickstarting and pass this piece of parenting wisdom along.
#1. The world was good.
When you walk outside, breathe deep and look around. Think about the air in your lungs. Think about air. Think about lungs, expanding and contracting. Think about the gravity that makes walking possible. Think also about the difference between inside and outside: we tend to dwell in structures with walls and ceilings because we are comforted by boundaries, by order, by knowing our place in the world—but then we walk outside and move about on the surface of a planet with nothing substantial overhead, nothing but atmosphere between us and billions of miles of space; this is our home: order, boundary, place. In this world where we live, there is air to breathe, earth to tread, light to see, and wonder to last your whole life if only you stop to consider the simplest, most abundant beauties around you.
#2. The world is fallen.
Keep reading this powerfully moving post at the link below…