When normality returns
What if children have more empathy,
If they can enjoy family conversation,
If they are more creative and can entertain themselves.
If they love to read, enjoy expression through poems and diaries and have learned the value of money and careful spending.
If they can talk about a film and explain why they have enjoyed it,
If they can appreciate simple things: playing made-up games in their garden or sitting by a window to reflect
If they can notice the changes and joys of nature: flowers growing from seed, mother birds cheeping to their chicks, trees clothing themselves in new leaves, the feel of a gentle breeze, and the myriad of colours all around us.
If this generation is the one that learns to cook, tidy their room and sew.
If they learn the value of eating together as a family and finding the good to share in the small delights of every day,
If they are the ones to place great value on all our public servants and the essential support workers like truck drivers, grocers, cashiers, custodians, logistics, and health care workers, just to name a few of the millions currently taking care of us.
What wonderful family members and friends these children will make.
What a powerful contribution to society they will offer.
If among these children, a great leader emerges who had the benefit of a slower pace and a simpler way of living – to truly learn what really matters in life
– OH HOW OUR COUNTRY COULD BE A HAPPY PLACE FOR ALL.