Room of My Own

Play is often talked about as if it were a relief from serious learning. But for children play is serious learning. Play is really the work of childhood.

–Fred Rogers

no flower
was as beautiful
as your smile
entering the door

we scribbled crayon
all over the floor

rocket ships zoomed
across the sky

dress up and dolls
taught us why

there is sacred
in small packages
a child’s heart
innocence rarely dies

until you have seen
the scars in battered eyes.

Poetry quotes

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    • Yikes! πŸ€— A dream job would be an art therapist with children. I have tutored homeless kids six years, as a volunteer, and love it. Their hugs and smiles!! πŸ˜„πŸ•ŠπŸŽΆπŸŽΆπŸŽΆ

      David, the boy next door, growing up, was physically and emotionally abused and no one who could help, helped. And Cathy lived in the neighborhood. Her dad sexually assaulted her. And the list goes on. As a kid, i intuitively knew which kids were hurting. Who were being abused.

      I didn’t recognize i was emotionally abused and neglected doctor care for mental health issues until after my brother’s suicide and started therapy. It pains me to acknowledge it. My grandfather, love him, was an ornery beast. My dad followed suit. My mom’s mom was awful and mom followed suit. No one bothered to stop and think about their harming behaviors.

      Abuse stops when abuse is recognized as generational and not right. Trauma in a child’s life can lead to later difficulties. I think of people known, quite often. Ghosts to haunt. Feel i never did enough. Never spoke up. I have a voice now. I wrote a poem in third grade, about my mom as a witch in the toilet. She was furious. Ha! Psychologists would have fun with that!! Would they not? πŸ˜‚πŸ’™πŸ•ŠπŸŽΆπŸŽΆπŸŽΆ

      • An art therapist…I love the idea πŸ™‚ I worked with a kids alot too (mostly teens) bcz of my profession- teacher. But when u r a teacher in the school u r always pressed by the β€œprogram” lol very little time for creativity.. maybe one day schools will be different but not yet.
        I guess all ur life and everything what happened with u and in ur family inspiring u to write. As well as the kids/lives around u.
        Yes, I believe in it too: trauma in a child’s life can lead to later difficulties. That’s why so many of us, here on WP, and in the world, struggling with anxiety, depression etc…
        It’s sad..but we have to fight it βœŒοΈπŸ˜¬πŸ˜Žβ˜•οΈπŸ“–πŸ‘‹

        • Yes, teaching is set up strangely. Tried teaching. Love the kids. Hate the system. Funny as a kid i wrote a proposal for the perfect school, was going to go to college, get my degree, set it up… someone hates me because none of how i want the world to be, exists. My idea would have been revolutionary. There is a charter school in NYC set up similar to my idea and doing well. She wrote a book. Damn, should have been me. Too many traumas i suppose. Yes, me too! πŸ€¦πŸΌβ€β™€οΈ Guess I will work on world peace one child at a time! πŸ’™πŸ•ŠπŸŽΆπŸŽΆπŸŽΆ

          • It’s difficult to change the system…and to open a private school is too dreamy dreamπŸ™ƒ but hope is still living πŸ™‚ and you have to write down ur ideas on the paper, who knows maybe it will reach ppl who’d like cooperate πŸ™‚ and give a new life to those kids (or change the system).
            One child at a time – is amazing idea. For each child it means the world…πŸ’•πŸ’•πŸ˜€πŸ“–

        • πŸ‘‹πŸ»πŸŽˆπŸ³πŸŒ»πŸŽ¨β€οΈπŸ§‘πŸ’›πŸ’šπŸ’™πŸ’œπŸ“ JπŸ•ŠπŸŽΆπŸŽΆ

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