all the kids in this area, kindergarten through high school, are invited to participate in an annual “reflections program” sponsored by the PTA. there are a variety of categories: literature, visual arts, photography, musical composition. the rules are very strict (hope the other parents follow ’em!) that the work must be exclusively the child’s — not a creation of the parent and the child together.
oh, and each year has a theme. this year’s theme is: i wonder why…
max, our 7 year-old just wrote this poem, and i’m totally blown away — all these words actually came out of his mouth (without help or coaching from us):
I Wonder Why I Wonder
I wonder why things are not as they seem.
I wonder why people are afraid of things that aren’t true.
I wonder why god made boys and girls.
I wonder why some people don’t like each other.
I wonder why some people hate life.
I wonder why people get old and die.
I wonder why things that are not good for you taste better than healthy things.
I wonder why god lets people get hurt.
I wonder why I wonder.
(max turner oestreicher, 2005)