Listen to Soulaima Gourani talk about how each and every member of a community can spark hope in the life of a child who has faced adversity. Many people decide to have a child even before they know what it takes to raise one. In a world where adversity and stressors are inevitable, how can we bring hope to the future generation. We, as adults can be one of the protective factors to develop resilience so that these children may still fare well in life even in the midst of challenges. As Soulaima notes, “be someone’s Ebbe.”
The Power of Play
Most times we forget how play is important in a child’s world. It is their window to learn and understand the world around them as they explore their environment, discover how things work, and make social connections.
“I cannot go to school today”
Said little Peggy Ann McKay.
“I have the measles and the mumps,
A gash, a rash and purple bumps.
My mouth is wet, my throat is dry.
I’m going blind in my right eye.
My tonsils are as big as rocks,
I’ve counted sixteen chicken pox.
And there’s one more – that’s seventeen,
And don’t you think my face looks green?
My leg is cut, my eyes are blue,
It might be the instamatic flu.
I cough and sneeze and gasp and choke,
I’m sure that my left leg is broke.
My hip hurts when I move my chin,
My belly button’s caving in.
My back is wrenched, my ankle’s sprained,
My ‘pendix pains each time it rains.
My toes are cold, my toes are numb,
I have a sliver in my thumb.
My neck is stiff, my voice is weak,
I hardly whisper when I speak.
My tongue is filling up my mouth,
I think my hair is falling out.
My elbow’s bent, my spine ain’t straight,
My temperature is one-o-eight.
My brain is shrunk, I cannot hear,
There’s a hole inside my ear.
I have a hangnail, and my heart is …
What? What’s that? What’s that you say?
You say today is ………….. Saturday?
G’bye, I’m going out to play!”
― Shel Silverstein
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