“My son starts school today. It’s going to be strange and new to him for a while. And I wish you would treat him gently.
You see, up to now, he’s been the king of the roost, and the snooze alarm clock is his best morning friend. He’s been boss of the backyard. I have always been around to repair his wounds and soothe his feelings.
But now, things are going to be different. This morning, he’s going to walk down the front steps, wave his hand and start on his great adventure that will probably include wars, challenges, and tragedy and sorrow.
To live his life in the world he has to live the life and he will require faith and love and courage.
So, world, I wish you would take him by his young hand and teach him the things he will have to know. Teach him –but gently, if you can.
Teach him that for every villain there is a hero; that for every crooked politician there is a dedicated leader; that for every enemy there is a friend. Teach him the wonders of books.
Give him quiet time to ponder the eternal mystery of birds in the sky, bees in the sun, flowers on the hills, and the beautiful sound of rain.
Teach him it is far more honorable to fail than to cheat. Teach him to sell his brawn and brains to the highest bidder, but never to put a price on his heart and soul.
Teach him to close his ears to a howling mob, to mischievous bullies, but to stand and fight if he thinks he’s right.
Teach him gently, World. But don’t over pamper him, because only the test of fire makes fine steel. And gold is perfect only after refinement.
This is a big order, World, but see what you can do. He’s such a cute little fellow.”