Wednesday, May 12, 2010

How do opposites attract?

If you didn't know that these dark & light people didn't even know each other & share little, if anything, in common - you would never. even. know it.

Perhaps all the friendly (key word here) smiles captured here contain some sort of magnetic properties that encourage opposites to attract?

The wolf will live with the lamb,
the leopard will lie down with the goat,
the calf and the lion and the yearling together;
and a little child will lead them.

I've studied these pics and tried to figure out how they do it?! How do children manage to bridge the very same barriers (language, cultural, economic, etc...) that adults find to be almost insurmountable and so intimidating - without. even. trying?!

Hmmm. Perhaps that's the secret?! Maybe adults just complicate something that's so simple a child can do it - by trying much too hard to bridge a gap that only grows bigger with each difference they see - but is non-existent when those differences are simply overlooked.

35Sitting down, Jesus called the Twelve and said,
"If anyone wants to be first, he must be the very last, and the servant of all."
36He took a little child and had him stand among them.
Taking him in his arms, he said to them,
37"Whoever welcomes one of these little children in my name welcomes me;
and whoever welcomes me does not welcome me but the one who sent me."


The 4 Bushel Farmgal said...

So true, so true! Remember how everyone played together at the school playground during summer vacation? Didn't matter who you were - short, tall, athletic or not, etc... We just needed players to make two teams. The extra nonsense doesn't matter to children.

Maybe our ambassadors to other countries should hang around the playground this summer. ;)

troutbirder said...

We have 1 light (biological) and 2 dark (adopted) grandchildren. The attraction is easy.

Kari said...

I have been to Africa twice now, it is the simple smile that they are masters of. Seriously I have never seen children who are so easily overjoyed by the simplest of things. I suppose when you take nothing in life for granted, then you come to depend on the basics of human connection. All that aside they also know how to spot a potentially generous "muzunga" from a mile away!

SamandFaye said...

Thank you for sharing your life changing trip with us!~Faye

MyStory of HiStory said...

Hi Faye!! Fun to find you here! So glad you enjoyed "following" us around Senegal :) We had an amazing time.