|Tasting the cake.|
|Framed drawings by David and Edward.|
A typical conversation between David and Edward:
Edward enters the room. David is holding a toy while finishing his homework.
Edward: "I want that toy!"
|In a former prison in Martinique|
Edward: "OK, David. You are the smartest person in the world!"
David passes the toy to Edward, puts his pencil down and says:
"Edward, NOW, the smartest person in the world can read AND write! Isn't that amazing?".
I suppose when I first learned to read and write I must have thought it was quite amazing, too.
A little later Edward comes by with a candle: "I have a candle! Who wants to buy a candle?" he asks.
David: "I do. I do!" (he is looking for distraction from his homework)
Edward: "I don't sell to smart people."
I find some of their conversations particularly funny. Now I understand why parents quote their children.
|Lighting up the candles on his cake.|
|Learning the history of Martinique|
Were my teachers right with the first seven years? Are they the most important in a child's life?
|On an old cannon.|
|David's first volcano is hidden in fog.|
They learn languages easier and can recuperate from various forms of trauma faster than adults.
While the neuroplasticity level decreases as children grow, I do not think there is a scientifically proved threshold at exactly the age of seven. At 6-7 children start school. Assuming that they did not attend pre-school & day-care & kindergarten before that, which most children do attend, starting school is a traumatic experience since it involves obeying a rigid program that confines children to chairs for several hours a day. If they do attend kindergarten and day-care, then it's wrong to assume the first seven years were spent at home. Before school, I only occasionally attended kindergarten and skipped school significantly afterwards - so the statement was factual in my case.
Conclusion. In the end, I think it's good to view every year of a persons' life as important and as different - each year holding its own beauty and surprises. I still believe that children are rightfully named bundles of joy. They do add a lot of trouble to the joy they bring, but the trouble keeps our lives interesting. I am glad that David had a happy birthday, and I hope that he will continue to be a very happy little boy for many years to come.