When I was a school-age child, people, ideas, and things appeared front of me to experience. I had no particular preference for each thing when I first encountered it because it was unknown to me. I was free to either enjoy and engage with it, to examine and reject it; or to simply bide my time with it until the next thing appeared. I had no biases, no strongly-held preferences, and there was serenity in that. My interactions felt free and easy.
I think that is part of why children learn so spontaneously, so quickly, they have no preconceived notions to sort out. Can I go back to that? Without being neglectful and irresponsible? I think so. How?
How important is my preference for a baked flan?
by Annmarie Throckmorton, copyright 2023