For today’s post for Eat:Play:Learn we share a post from another Rhythm of The Home contributor, Cindy Wallach.
If you give a boy a…
If you give a boy a needle and thread he will stitch up some clothes for his gnome. And then a pillow for his baby sister. And then a bag for his treasures. And time will pass with that quiet hum of a child being busy. And that boy will learn to create for himself.
If you give a boy some costumes, some open ended dress up clothes that don’t tell him what to be… he’ll disappear into another world. His voice will change accents. His smile will fill with mischief. The one boy will become five different characters. He will walk in the shoes of royalty. He will be free to be.
If you teach a boy to sew on the machine he will unlock the mystery of production and figure out the magic of patterns. He will know self sufficiency. He will blend creativity and utility and yearn for more. He will feel power. He will ooze pride.
If you teach a boy music he’ll build scenes out of notes. He’ll belt out Gene Kelly tunes while tap dancing in puddles. He’ll pick and strum out his thoughts. He’ll beg to go to the ballet and announce he’s putting on a salsa show. Rhythm will be his forever companion.
If you show a boy how to garden he’ll become friends with the earth. He’ll practice patience first hand and understand how to nurture. He’ll taste dedication. The boy will feed his soul and pass it on.
Why give a boy a toy gun when every stick will become one anyhow? Must we arm our children for desctruction, can’t we teach to use their arms and hands for creation? Why limit a boy to footballs and trucks and plastic toolsets and stories of talking cars? What’s the point of plugging him in day after day and tuning out the richness beyond the wires and cords that bind us? Why have him choose between baseball and basketball and leave out ballet and ceramics? Why box him up in blue when you can paint his path in rainbows?