Wednesday, February 4, 2009

advice from casals

Every second we live is a new and unique moment for the universe,
a moment that never was before and never will be again.
And what do we teach children in school?
We teach them that two and two make four
and that Paris is the capital of France.
When will we also teach them: Do you know what you are?
You are a marvel. You are unique.
On of the world there is no other child exactly like you.
On the millions of years that have passed there has never
been another child like you.
And look at your body what a wonder it is!
Your legs, your arms, your cunning 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 cherish one another.
You must work.
We all must work to make this world worthy of children.

--Pablo Casals.

one of my parents took this photo of us on our first family trip to ireland. we spent most of the trip traveling in the gypsy caravan you see in the background.

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