Allowing Children to Be

A four year old child plopped himself down on a slope of the hill, arms tucked under his head, one leg nonchalantly crossed over the other, staring at the sky. Another child came over to see what he was doing.

“Cloud gazing” drawled the first. The second promptly dropped to the ground beside him and imitated the position, staring up at the sky. They lay there for a few minutes, until a third, much busier, boy joined them, again asking what they were doing.