The children are listening 

“Of course there is a probably an insect in the house somewhere. It’s okay.  Insects are a part of nature,” I said to the kids. 

“And we’re a part of nature too,” my 11-year old added. 

“And to be separate from nature would be like being separate from ourselves,” my 6-year old said. 

My head turned around as each of them spoke, stunned as they paraphrased things I’ve said before. I realized that they do, indeed, listen to what I say as they add their slant to my words. It’s a reminder that I should be listening to what I say. That we all, collectively, should be listening to each other. The children are listening to us, and they will add their slant to our words. 

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