21 Jan

Another update on the Seeker,
Yesterday, Sunday, eight year old Nate London, once again, for the second day in a row, decided he’d rather help me build the scow, than do whatever it is that eight year olds usually do. I was alone for the morning, but then I got the call asking me if I wanted Nate to join me. I did. For a lot of reasons, the least of which being that he actually focuses on the work, attentively contributes, and is good company. But, there’s more. There’s something about a boy. And Nate is, as they say, “all boy.” He’s smart, easily get’s top grades, and he’s playing football in a league several years ahead of his age. (They made an exception for him.) It’s more than that though, it’s the look in his eyes that get’s me. Eyes brimming with mischief. Boy mischief. Not to cause trouble, but to dance his story. To play. To laugh with mirth. His laughter bubbles up from the source of laughter. I think it’s remarkable that he’s maintained his birthright, the right to joy, this far along. And I wonder exactly how we, those responsible for the “education” of our children, have construed a system that makes this so. Nate’s verve, his joy of being, should be nurtured, along with the unique gifts of every other child, as the sacred precept of education. I’m not interested in excuses. It’s ultimately inexcusable that the most precious attributes of children are often disfigured by the schools that we trust them to. For now, though, I’ll enjoy Nate’s company, with a promise to stand by him, and any other child whose song must be heard.
Ken Gillie, a strong man in his seventies, also came by, taking care not to step on Nate’s efforts, the three of us choreographing the planking of the scow.
Paul Antonelli and Anthony also came by. Anthony’s another young man, a contemporary of Nate’s. This time, Anthony, who’s demonstrated a good work ethic in the past. was intent on exploring the scow from every nook, making it a seventy foot jungle gym. In years to short to believe, these young boys will be men. I love this island because their are so many opportunities for young boys and girls to explore the world they live in, with caring, creative adults who celebrate them. All children are seekers.

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