To be a child is to wake up every morning, ready to play in the sun
To live the moment unencumbered by the pains of the past
and not burdened by the fears of the future.
And when the day is done, not to wish for the day to be any longer.
To be a child is to paint fields of flowers abloom in wild colors
and actually smelling their fragrance.
To be a child is not to see the differences that separate us
but the common joys that bind us all together.
To be a child is to be accepting of people and of who they are
and not to be looking for a catch in kindness.
To be a child is to laugh in total abandon at the silliest jokes
and cry buckets even at the smallest of hurts or the tiniest disappointments.
To be a child is to trust that Daddy will always catch you if you fall
and if you do fall, that Mommy will be there to kiss the awee away.
To be child is to dream, to believe,
to see the universe in a grain of sand and eternity in the wink of an eye,
to feel the hand of God in the sunlight,
and to know that life is meant for the living.