posted on Dec, 29 2017 @ 04:08 PM
Perhaps infants arrive bearing remnants of our past life in Eden and it is just this innocence and naivety that draws us to them. As the newborn babe
sleeps, his dewy visage free of care, worry, guilt or fear, he enchants those who behold him with the notion that a world free of death, evil,
suffering, and care does indeed exist-- even if only temporarily and in the minds of newly born human souls. How else, in an existence full of noise
and necessities, could the image of a sleeping baby, so small and unassuming, give us pause and bring such peace?
One tragic aspect of parenting is witnessing the dawn of hard truths. Knowing that the bliss of ignorance is unsustainable, that it inevitably has to
dissipate and make room for development is one thing, watching it happen is another.
We strolled into the museum, his small hand in mine, to meet with Auntie. There is so much fun to be had at the museum, many nooks and crannies to
explore, along with certain exhibits gathering dust and fading faster than the more flashy and attractive dino bones, space exploration type
showcases. We go often enough now that my son feels confident leading the way, pulling me this way and that until laughingly I insist he slow down
and actually look at the treasures surrounding us.
But today something caught his eye that he hadn’t noticed before. He slowed, stopped and stared at the stuffed bobcat who held a twice-doomed
stuffed deer by the throat. “What’s it doing, mom?” I explained that she was a momma cat and that she meant to feed herself and those two cubs
waiting a short distance away. “That’s a BAD mom!” exclaimed my boy, his pitch rising with emotion (he gets quite shrill- like an old lady-
when he’s truly upset). My aunt picked up the battle from there, explaining that we all have to eat and get our food from somewhere, where do you
think the chicken comes from etc.. you know- those hard truths that we all swallowed long ago and rarely give time to consider anymore. He would not
yield, nor would she, in their respective arguments but I was surprised when my son dropped it. (He is not one to let go of an argument).
A few minutes pass and then I hear him piping up to my aunt, in that shrill little tone: “Would YOU like it if someone ate YOU?” Taken slightly
aback, my aunt answers in the negative, “No, of course not.” “Well then that is a BAD MOM!”
Of course, had we not been living in such a sterile environment, in which we pad ourselves with comforts and convenience, and in which our food
arrives pre-packaged and resembling nothing like the living creature from whence it came, the fact that predators and prey exist would not shock so,
but I couldn’t help but feel a pang.
And to be honest I was a little relieved that he refused that hard truth, at least on that day, and that he could still inhabit a world that does not
consume itself as a matter of course, where the people surrounding you and looking out for you do indeed have your best interests at heart, where
there is still magic and mystery around every corner. I know that world is fading fast but I have to say I am very glad that it exists, somewhere.