This is our spring growth of California Poppies. Every year, they sprout in somewhat random configurations and densities in our front yard. Indeed, they have spread as far as three blocks since the Lady F planted a packet about a decade ago.
School children are very much analogous to these poppies. They have obvious similarities to one another, but they come in different configurations with each year’s “crop,” seeds blowing in the wind landing in nurturing spots and growing in isolation or in groups. While approximately the same size, they do vary and you will see some in this picture that are obviously shorter or taller than the others.
Now, these poppies are allowed to do what they wish, because we like it that way. Humorously, in some ways, it is also against the law to pull out a California Poppy – although we can’t imagine how or why they would want to enforce that! We clean up around them and I took this picture right before we did some weeding and cleanup of our front yard. We are quite pleased with the results.
Back to the kids. They also tend to be somewhat the same size in abilities, somewhat homogeneous as a group. Every so often, we have a runt intellectually or physically and we give that child extra nurturance and care, trying to achieve the best result we can for them.
But, also every so often, we have a tall kid, physically or intellectually. They are often not helped with their slightly-out-of-normal capacities, because the assumption is that they will get along just fine!
Unfortunately, what we often do by this assumption, by the process of concern about the normal sized poppies, we trim that poppy back to normal size without further consideration.
I have always thought of Mensa as an elitist organization. However, after reading the following article about America’s youngest member, I am reconsidering what may indeed be a nurturing organization as essential and as compassionate as the organizations that help the handicapped and disabled. I invite you to read: