"Children find all aspects of nature fascinating and all manner of activity fun in the making, whether it be jumping in puddles, having mud baths, chasing rainbows or making a wish to a full moon in the dark of night.They are fascinated by all creatures large and small, particularly creatures with wings, whether fictional or factual. They love slimey snakes that slither through the long grass and frogs whom they love to squeeze until their eyes bulge. They delight in the touch of sticking their finger into a bowl of jelly, scraping out the jam jar or stroking the hide of an elephant. Watching a blacksmith shoe a horse makes them cringe in fearful anticipation as the nails are hammered into the hoof. While most children love all manner of pet creature, boys have a particular fondness for rats with long tails who are known to make friends so easily with any human who is prepared to house them in their shirt pocket and hold them close to their heart. They also love the look of shock they can produce upon the face of innocent girls whenever they take out their pet rat from beneath their clothes and swing it in front of their noses.
The thing that fascinates me most about children is their capacity to trust all manner of things strange and their willingness to interact with it within minutes of first acquaintance, as though they'd been life long friends. Children live in a world of magic that adults once had but lost. They find magic in all they see because they look for it, just like witnessing a caterpillar in the belly of a match box turn into a butterfly. They seek magic in stolen moments that others have abandoned. They can still feel that something is magical, even when they know how it's done, and feeling a hidden baby in the making inside mum's pregnant tummy is the most magical experience of all! When asking, 'How will it get out, Mum', replying,' 'The same way it got in!' will never satisfy their height of inquisitiveness.
If only adults could harness the magic of a child for the benefit of mankind, the world would turn more smoothly and spin in equal favour of all. We would then be able to refashion the world today through their indiscriminate eyes of innocence, employing their thoughts of purity and hearts of compassion in all we did. We would establish a humane code of conduct and lay down expectations that all would willingly ascribe to and follow. We would first feed, house, clothe and protect every man woman and child on the planet before going out to play!" William Forde: January 31st, 2016.