Tolerance Part II: Wisdom from a Child

September 23, 2010 05:46 by Kristi

One of our teachers told me that, on the Monday after the proposed 9/11 Koran burning, one of her 3 year old students came in and said with great concern:
"Why do some people not like to color?" 
"Hmmm, what do you mean?  Who doesn't like to color?”
"I don't know, but my dad had to work this weekend because he said someone was going to burn the Crayons."

Oh, how sweet young brains are!  This little guy was trying his best to understand our grown-up world, and it just didn't make any sense.

He went on to say, "They should come to school with me because then they would learn to LOVE to color!" 

What a great little problem solver!  His teacher agreed.  After all, we color everyday, and when we do we are learning about creativity, friendship, diversity, sharing, variety, boundaries, opinions, acceptance, teamwork and more.  So yes, this little guy is on to something.  Coloring and playing together can help our kids grow into responsible, respectful future citizens of our world.  And maybe grown-ups can benefit too.  Let's pick up some crayons and color together.