As parents, we all do our best to show our children the right path.
We try to teach them right from wrong and guide them to always do their best and be happy.
Sometimes though, adults just don’t make great teachers.
By adulthood, we have all become cynical and negative to a greater or lesser degree.
We often fail to take in the beauty of our surroundings.
And of course, as a species we are systematically destroying that beauty day after day.
So sometimes, children need role models that are not adults. And in my humble opinion, that’s where pets come in.
Today has been a fairly standard day in our house.
Libby continues to learn all about taking responsibility for something other than herself.
Every morning, she waves her dad off at the door when he goes to work. It’s her job to make sure that Bubbles doesn’t run out of the door.
She stands there every morning, holding Bubbles by the collar in one hand and waving with the other. When she tells Bubbles to sit, stay or come, Bubbles does as she asks.
Lia isn’t quite ready to take responsibility yet, but she is learning valuable lessons from the pets nonetheless.
She can say cat, dog and woof. She hasn’t learnt to say meow yet because Jamer very rarely says it.
She has learnt to be gentle. I think it is rare for a cat to be happy to sit alongside a baby who is chattering away and stroking it. I think these two look fairly happy to be together!
From the dogs, Lia learns that life doesn’t always go to plan.
For example, when you are happily toddling along, pushing your baby walker there is always a chance that something akin to a bulldozer going downhill without brakes might clatter into you.
There is also a chance that your favourite toys won’t always remain in pristine condition. In fact, they might disappear altogether.
Even when you’re safe and secure in a baby carrier, there is always a chance that mum or dad might be taken out at the knees, causing you to come down to earth with a bang.
And she is learning that every day brings fun and wonder in the great outdoors.
And today’s lesson has been that however much you think you know, there will always be some little mysteries that can’t be explained.
Take this morning for example.
A fruit bowl full of fruit, seemingly undisturbed on top of quite a tall upright piano.
And one cheeky puppy outside in the sunshine…
Tucking into a nice, juicy red apple!