One of our main challenges in life is that we don’t know what we don’t know. To overcome this challenge, we must actively question our own point of view and make conscious choices, instead of accepting what we have grown into as the only possibility.
A few weeks ago, Ronit had a few sessions with a lovely little boy called Lenny (not really). He was very intelligent and very curious and bombarded Ronit with “unfiltered” questions, which got me thinking about perspective.
While he was working away on one of his assignments, Lenny asked Ronit, “Do you know that you sometimes talk to me in a different language?”
She explained to him that because we talk to our kids in a different language, she sometimes confused the languages.
He asked, “So they don’t understand what you’re saying too?”
Ronit explained that our kids understand her when she speaks the other language, because they know two languages.
Lenny said, “I don’t know any language”.
Ronit said, “You know English”.
He looked at her surprised and then said in excitement, “Yes!”
Being only 6 years old, Lenny accepts everything in his life as the only thing possible, so sometimes, he does not even need to call it by name. It is just “the thing that is” for him. The language he speaks is so obvious to him, he had never counted it as such. It was just part of life. And it never occurred to him that other kids might know other languages, simply because he doesn’t.
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