Children Are the Key

I have come to a conclusion that is not scientifically based.

The universal language is not music.

The universal language is love for one’s children.

How can I say that? After all, one does not have to travel internationally to see how children are poorly treated by parents and adults in society. There are probably more “social” orphans than literal orphans in America–children of neglect and abuse.

And yet, as I have the opportunity to visit with professional camp directors and educators in Ukraine I am struck with how much they love their children. Our teams of workers are highly honored by these professionals because they give up their money and their vacation time to work with and love on kids. Whenever we visit with each other it is the constant point of conversation: “Because of our love for children, we are members of the same team and the same family–even though we are from different countries we recognize the preciousness and the value of children. We may have messed the world up, but if we do the right things with children, if we show them how to live, if we love them and teach them how to live, perhaps they will be able to bring healing to the world we have damaged by our hatred, ignorance, and selfishness.”

As my friend and camp official, Alexander told me last year, pointing to a little child: “Politicians need war. Children do not.”

Amen, Alexander. Amen.


About Darryl Willis

Darryl has been working for non-profits for over 36 years. His current work takes him to Ukraine several times a year. He has fallen in love with the country and the people. Darryl writes poetry and his work has appeared in several online and print journals.
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