August 06, 2004

Each second we live is a new and unique moment of the universe, a moment that will never be again. And what do we teach our children? We teach them that two and two make four, and that Paris is the capital of France. When will we also teach them what they are?

We should say to each of them: Do you know what you are? You are a marvel. You are unique. In all the years that have passed, there has never been another child like you. Your legs, your arms, your clever fingers, the way you move.

You may become a Shakespeare, a Michelangelo, a Beethoven. You have the capacity for anything. Yes, you are a marvel. And when you grow up, can you then harm another who is, like you, a marvel?

You must work, we must all work, to make the world worthy of its children.

- Pablo Casals

Smile of the day:

Their mother happened upon her young daughter and her best friend on the front steps, crying almost as hard as was possible. "My doll's arm came off," the daughter explained through her tears.

The mother fixed it quickly, then looked at the tearful eyes of the friend, smiling: "And what is the matter with you, young lady?"

The friend wiped her face, still sniffling a little: "I was helping her cry."

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