100 Words of Wisdom: Evelyn King Metcalf
Kahlil Gibran’s poem, On Children, frequently comes to my mind when I speak to gifted parents of gifted children: “Your children are not your children. They are the sons and the daughters of a life longing for itself.” When I was in India several years ago making a cross-cultural metaphor quilt, a young boy drew a kite. When I asked him to explain, he said simply: “I am a kite. I want to go high, but my parents are holding me down.” Listen to your children! Be in the present! Living for “academic potential” oftentimes misses the mark of emotions now. Emotional well-being is the foundation for all growth!