Seeding Words of Doubt


Posted by peskypippi | Posted in Childrearing, Children, Life Lessons, Parenting | Posted on 05-09-2012

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Shut the Front Door Garden Gate!

The Carrot Seed is a little children’s book, published in 1945, about a boy’s determination…to grow a carrot. Despite the fact that his mother and father and brother are all naysayers. Instead of reassuring him, they all say “It won’t come up.”

Dude! Where is the support? Where is the encouragement? Why would you tell a child that his little seed won’t grow even if he’s doing his best to nurture it?

Whenever I read this book to my kids, they think the boy’s parents are a bunch of assholes. They are right.

Simple premise, yet there is more to this story. This little boy believed in himself, despite the assholes around him.

“Everyone kept saying it wouldn’t come up. But he still pulled up the weeds around it every day and sprinkled the ground with water. And then, one day, a carrot came up just as the little boy had known it would.”

What self-confidence! What empowerment!

I mean, the little dude didn’t just pull up a carrot, he pulled himself up by his bootstraps.

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