|Great Ranger at Mesa Verde National Park|
When I take the monkeys to our local Children's Museum (often, as we are members) and I read the days workshops, demonstrations and presentations- all I can do is lead them to the information at the predetermined time slot. I don't know the answers to many of the questions. I don't know all the elements of the periodic table. All I can do is hope that the person with the knowledge is patient enough to share it with my monkeys.
In our modern world it is hard to maintain the idiom 'It takes a village to raise a child', after all who really cares about other peoples children- more than their parents, grandparents and family? Often, as in our case, family and those who have a vested interest in our children, live far away.
It is perhaps because of the distance from those who love us the most, that I find myself feeling so blessed when another adult- a teacher, an educator, a docent- take an interest in helping me lay the foundation for these monkeys I have been entrusted with molding.
I find myself casting gratitude while trying to give the impression that I too want to understand how a volcano works or how a snake sheds it's skin (sure…I'd love to touch the snake too!)
I have a limited amount of knowledge. There is only so much I can teach my children and as they get older, my influences on them will wean. My role as their facilitator for learning and education will not.
I know this because my parents still send me articles and books to read.
I am grateful to all who take the time to teach a child, set a good example, fuel a passion or give a smile- It is the little things that add up to make a great person and I certainly could not Make Men Out Of Monkeys on my own.