to be a champion for the child’s spirit,
a guardian of their simple and profound perspective,
a fierce warrior for their natural right to live in safety, innocence, and joy.
This is why I do this work.
Through this effort, small as it may be on a world scale,
I am blessed a billion times over every time I am in their company.
Sometimes our meeting results in an outpouring of love.
Sometimes it is a lesson in staying present with something we both might want to run away from.
But I find that as long as I let them in, these authentic humans
that we call children have the capacity to keep me truthful.
Just one look, one smile, one simple sentence from them
and I know I am in the right place.