"Of all creatures that are likely to fascinate the mind of a child, it is the most vulnerable one still in its natural form of development that possesses the capacity to highly excite.
The sight of a camel or lion might get their instant attention or even frighten them, but the fluttering and flight of a butterfly or the touch and green texture of a creepy, crawling caterpillar up their arm will transfix them in deep thought.The child is equally as enthralled by the sight of a tadpole swimming around in water or by a leaping frog jumping across the garden.
It is as though the innocent child knows deep within that metamorphosis is the means of development for all manner of life from cradle to grave. Does not the newest form of embryonic life inside a woman's pregnant tummy closely resemble that of a tadpole? When a child first finds it's feet, doesn't it jump up and down all day long? The caterpillar teaches the growing child how to best creep into it's mother's affections and remain there for the rest of it's life. Then there is the magnificence of the perfectly-formed butterfly who is there to remind the child that one day they will grow into full maturity and fly away from home to start their own family. Such maternal thoughts of having their young leave home will always remain delicate in the mother's concerns, and yet, she knows that unless she condones such freedom of flight in her young, they will forever stay young in head though they grow weary in life and old in body. So trap not butterflies nor seek to break their wings, for to break the wings of a butterfly creates no less pain and sorrow than to break a mother's heart or plunge a dagger into it. When a butterfly's wings have been broken, then all natural form of its expression has been denied to it.
The greatest thing thing a mother can give her child is permission and encouragement always to express their feelings at the moment of their birth and to always say what they truly mean. Appropriate expression is self enhancing and maintains assertive behaviour and even sanity itself. One can express oneself in many ways; through art work, writing, acting, sport, music etc. The very best form of expression of all however, is through 'talking'. Many pay therapists £30 and £40 per hour to listen to their worries. A good friend will do this at no cost to your purse. And if 'pride' prevents you using a friend, then there is always the Samaritans who will listen without judgement and in total confidentiality.
Sixty years ago today, the lines of the Samaritans opened and the organization received it's very first call when its founder, the Reverend Edward Chad Varah spoke with its first troubled customer. What Chad Varah really understood then and which took the television adverts many years to catch on was, 'It's good to talk!' If only those poor soldiers returning from the Second World War or Afghanistan had been able to open up and talk about their experiences, so much unnecessary pain and anguish may have been avoided. Husbands and wives, brothers and sisters, mothers and fathers, please talk to each other and your children." William Forde: November 2nd, 20013.