School has started, fall activities are beginning and last week I noticed many social media posts of excited young faces going off to school. That prized first day of school picture that moms will cherish for years to come and the kids will dread. So begins our September traditions.
It is these happy pictures of community children and also the privilege I have had in working with children for many years here in Warman that led me to the theme of this blog.
Children are our future! They need us and we need them!
I know when you hear someone say this in a political context you think how sappy. But when you really think about it, our children will succeed us and replace us some day and our hope is that they will be productive, loving and happy people when the time comes. So yes, the children are very much our future.
What an opportunity we have as parents, grandparents, families, educators, coaches and community to influence and mentor the life of a child in a healthy and positive way.
When I see little ones playing, creating and learning, I marvel at their zest for life, their curiosity and how fascinated they are about everything.
When you look into the eyes of a child, what do you see? I see innocence, energy, wonder and joy. A child's excitement for the little things in life could be a great example for us adults who are in such a hurry and do not take the time or even notice the little things like a child does.
Everything about children is magical and important.
Sometimes tragic things happen, even to innocent children. Sometimes we hear and even see situations that are incomprehensible. Sometimes children need our help and sometimes we need each other.
As we move into a new year with our children growing older and more mature each passing day and as they progress through their school life, let us remind ourselves that children are such a large and integral part of our community, particularly in our growing city. I encourage everyone, even if you do not have children or your own children are grown and gone, to cherish and care for the children in our community.
How can we make a difference in the lives of others? How can we positively influence the impressionable life of a child, even if they are not our own? The answers are: Be engaged. Take notice. Lend a hand. Extend yourself beyond your own life and see the life of the community we are all part of.
If something concerns you – inquire.
If someone is struggling – help.
If something is well done – acknowledge it.
A sense of community is a primary reason people tell me why they have chosen a life in Warman. A community is more than people living in the same place, community is the strength of the engagement, the interest people have for each other and for the wellbeing of the group. I encourage each of you to be a member of our community by taking an active interest in it and each other. In particular, let us share in a special interest in the wellbeing of our children. Let us care about each other, especially where there is struggle.
There is nothing more important than our families and our precious children. They need to be nurtured and loved so that they will grow into happy, caring and loving adults. Adults who will care about the world around them and all that lives in that world.
In Warman, I know of many grandparents who dedicate their time to care for their grandchildren. They do it because they love them, want to spend time with them and want to help out any way they can. How fortunate these families are to have this wonderful opportunity. There are also many caregivers and teachers in our communities who dedicate their lives to our children. What a wonderful way to be a part of a child's life. Get involved, stay involved, be positive and loving any way you can. Be the person you want your child, your grandchild or any child to be.
Let's care and love our children always, no matter what!!! Just think of the impact you will have on shaping their future and in turn our future.
We worry about what a child will become tomorrow, yet we forget he or she is someone today.