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This was dying in our driveway and an enchantingly exciting and oblivious grand-daughter caught it with her Grandpa. She was unaware of its impending death but totally delighted with its beauty.

This is as it should be. She is four. There is time enough for her to learn more about the graver, harder things of life after she has more maturity and understanding. Let her have her fill of live and beauty first, as these things help build that solid foundational support which will help her develop that grace, maturity, and understanding which she will need for the uglier, harder truths of life.

Charlotte Mason, quoting Mr. Fisher who is quoting John Stuart Mill (vol. 6 p. 126):

“Of course there is a great deal to criticise in any country, and I should be the last person to suggest that the critical faculty should not be exercised and trained at school. But before we teach children to criticise the institutions of their country, before we teach them to be critical of what is bad, let us teach them to recognize and admire what is good. After all life is very short; we all of us have only one life to live, and during that life let us get into ourselves as much love, as much admiration, as much elevating pleasure as we can, and if we view education merely as discipline in critical bitterness, then we shall lose all the sweets of life and we shall make ourselves unnecessarily miserable. There is quite enough sorrow and hardship in this world as it is without introducing it prematurely to young people.”

Teach them to admire and recognize what is good. Give them love and beauty first.
And butterflies.

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