A Hole is to Dig and Other Simple Truths.

Via Diana Mercer
on Jun 7, 2011
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I’ve always understood the young child to be my teacher.

She sees clearly, tells the truth, and her simple understandings have not yet been muddied with unnecessary complexities.

With children you will always find an innate sense of fair play,

and of full-bodied expression.

Children can be very thoughtful.

I would never think to give the dog a napkin, or wonder if a mouse has a comfortable place to live.

I know we’ve almost all forgotten that hands are to make things,

and that making pretty little piles is a much better use for stones than throwing,

and that most of all, every person should have the chance to yell

“doodleedoodleedoo”, whilst sliding in the mud.

Happy Children’s Day!


About Diana Mercer

I've been delighting in and learning from children for almost 20 years as a teacher, and former owner of Clementine Studio: Art Space for Children. I love to watch a child's spirit emerge and develop through the process of art. I'm also a big fan of stilling my mind with yoga, meditation, and the art of mindfulness, cooking up a fresh, local and organic dinner from the Farmer's Market, making sweet music with my friends, and baking fancy birthday cakes.


2 Responses to “A Hole is to Dig and Other Simple Truths.”

  1. Mary Z says:

    Thanks for making me smile inside my head. I am a 46 year old child at heart.

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