He smiles and shakes his head to say no,
Because her Papa knows a child speaks like a child, thinks like a child and does like a child.
Mama, why my candle becomes shorter?
She smiles and squats to her height,
Because her Mama knows the child grows as fast like a shortened candle will be to know the meaning of the lights.
Papa, why my friends have no candles?
He looks around and pats her head,
Because her Papa knows they have their candles burning brilliantly in their hearts too.
Mama, why we hold the candles?
With her palms on her child’s cheeks,
And in teary eyes her Mama knows the ignorance of a child will be the wisdom to glow like the lights
(Then she turns to me)
Uncle, why you are not holding a candle?
I arch over and whisper into her ears,
She looks up at me with tilted head and in dilated eyes from what she hears, “Love, you are the flame that will keep shining in everyone’s heart.”
Adults should know that the best way to reach children with this message is not only to "talk the talk," but also to "walk the walk." To show love, is to receive love and children can feel it. You will agree because we were children once and now we are the “overgrown” children who still need to give and receive love.
Children live what they learn
Show them the way to love in their hearts
And they will find out in the world.