The Dummy

Our grandson is turning 2 next month, and until yesterday he had a dummy. He had several actually, often at the same time. Sometimes he would walk around with one in each hand, one in his mouth and swap them around, as if somehow one of them could give him more than the one he already had. He is very expressive, but would speak with the dummy in his mouth so that we could not understand him, and when we asked him to take it out so we could hear what he was saying, he would get upset.

Our grandson was very attached to his dummies, and this was one of the few things we could use to discipline him, as he cared about them so deeply. He would get very agitated if he could not find his dummy, and at night, if he fell asleep and the dummy fell out of his mouth, its absence would wake him up.

We wondered how we were ever going to wean him off them.

Yesterday, he was playing around being his cheeky little self and throwing the dummy on the floor. He had been doing this quite a bit and he was down to his last dummy, as several had been thrown in the bin. We told him that if he did it again, we would put his last dummy in the bin. He did it again. His father calmly stood up, picked up the dummy and placed it in the bin. His mother and I gasped. His grandfather stood firm. He was in shock for a bit, then started screaming. This went on for a while.

He was put to bed, comforted and held, and the screaming went on for a while longer, until he finally fell asleep. We thought we were in for a wild night, but once he fell asleep, he slept soundly, and woke in the morning, shining and bright.

He came out to share a cup of tea with me and when the rubbish truck came, we went outside to watch it pick up the rubbish, with his dummy in it. He was so different. There was a calmness, an ease about him. Gone was the anxiousness, the plaintive wailing, the demanding, the insatiable desire for something to put in his mouth, whether it be food, drink or the dummy.

He was so expressive, chatting away clearly and interacting happily. It was as if someone had taken the stopper out of a bottle, and the contents were now free to flow. He went to day care for the day, and when it was time for his afternoon nap, there was no dummy. He giggled and said: “Daddy threw it in the bin!,” then went to sleep. No fuss. He had just let it go.

I learnt a few lessons from all of this.

Firstly, love is not always what we think it is. In these days of ‘helicopter’ parenting (parents who hover over their kids, attending to their every whim and desire), we think it is somehow a loveless thing to let kids feel the consequences of their choices. It is not. That is what love is. Holding another in the love that we are and allowing them to feel that they too are that love.

Secondly, we never know when another person is ready to evolve to the next level of their life. And we should never get in the way when the time comes. I felt he was actually wanting to get rid of the dummy, but did not know how to do it. It had become a burden for him, and getting rid of it has created an enormous sense of spaciousness and ease in his body.

Thirdly, we can use anything in an addictive way, even a bit of brightly coloured plastic. Anything that we use for relief, to numb ourselves, to not feel, to distract ourselves from what we cannot but feel, can become a crutch that we depend on. And knowing that we are dependent on it creates a contraction, and a sense of unease in us, for if we depend on it, what on earth are we going to do without it?

Fourthly, children are amazing, and we can learn so much from them. Their so-called bad behaviours are often their way of communicating to us what is not true, and offer us a way of bringing them – and ourselves – back to truth. We can listen to and honour these markers of what is and is not true… or not. When a child “acts up”, what are they communicating to us?

I love that I live with our daughter and grandson and get to witness and be part of raising another child, having learnt some lessons the hard way while raising my own.

I love that life is a cycle, how everything comes around, how we are all in this together, and how we are all growing and evolving, back to the oneness we are from.

Published with permission of my family.

By Anne Malatt, grandmother, eye surgeon, Richmond Hill, Australia

Further Reading:
Good Parenting Skills
The Purpose of Parenting
The Beauty of Meeting Children and Allowing Them to Be

604 thoughts on “The Dummy

  1. It is up to all of us…that’s what I got from this. We are all in this together and we can support each other to evolve, let go and appreciate.

  2. “children are amazing, and we can learn so much from them”. An absolute yes in agreement with these words. Unfortunately, though the majority of adults think they are simply empty vessels which need filling up with ‘adult wisdom’, which is often anything but wise, instead a package of worn out beliefs passed on down to them plus their own unhealed hurts. I love how your grandson was actually ready for this change in his life and how it was the love and the steadiness from those around him which supported him to take that next step.

  3. We learn and think that letting go of a behaviour / addiction is a long process. So maybe it is a long process because we do not want to let go? And you give a great example that with some support we can let go, and quite easily so.

    1. There is so much more to life than what we initially see, ‘we never know when another person is ready to evolve to the next level of their life. And we should never get in the way when the time comes.’

  4. His father must have been very solid within himself to know that such an act was actually what the child needed. I guess this is what makes the best parents; those that are connected to and willing to follow what they feel deep within

    1. If we say something to a child in discipline, and do not follow through with what we say, then we set ourselves up for problems further down the line.

  5. We can either hold our children in the knowing of who they are which supports them or see their behaviours as who they are hence supporting what is not truly them. We can learn so much from children especially how we are with ourselves. If we want to keep something that does not offer us evolution or growth then we may be reluctant to see when our children are ready to let something go.

  6. Your comment Anne that we can use anything for addiction… Even a piece of plastic, is so true, once we start to clock this, to be aware, we will see addiction everywhere

  7. It is so true that love is not what we often think it is. Such a huge amount of harm is done in the false name of love and yet love cannot harm.

    1. Very true there is a great freedom in letting go because it never serves us to hold onto anything.

  8. This is a great example of how when we are in our authority with another, they can feel the truth and love in what we are expressing.

  9. I really loved reading this Anne, and fully second the moving away from the ‘helicopter parenting’ to one that is firm in its love and consistency, for the other way only leads to entitlement and manipulation, in my experience. “And knowing that we are dependent on it creates a contraction, and a sense of unease in us, for if we depend on it, what on earth are we going to do without it?” – This sentence describes the vicious loop we can get in by searching for something to numb or suppress that tension we feel when we are not being ourselves, then feeling the unsettlement after going to the numbing behaviour (whether it be food, drink, or a hobby, over-work, etc.) and thus going back to another behaviour to not feel that one! But what this young boy shows us all is that we can literally throw that way in the bin and the whole thing is a trick to keep us from feeling how amazing we are and how we don’t need any ‘props’ in life.

  10. I am wondering Anne that by your grandson throwing multiple dummies to the ground and knowing the repercussions that they would go into the bin he was actually building up to let go of needing his dummies anymore. His father wisely realised this and supported him in that transition. After all, we all need support during times of change.

  11. This is a great lesson in consequences and the fact that one of the truest forms of love can be through discipline, in the sense of having a relationship with a child that is based on honesty and absoluteness. E.g., knowing that this behaviour has x consequence, not adding frills or playing games, with the intention of supporting the child to understand fully their responsibility and how they can be all of who they are as they grow up!

  12. ” His father calmly stood up, picked up the dummy and placed it in the bin. His mother and I gasped. His grandfather stood firm. ”
    Its so important for kids , that expressed consequences of ones actions are fulfilled, this is a life lesson on responsibility.

    1. I so very much agree with you John, otherwise we learn that words are just empty and that we can get away with our behaviour.

  13. I’m sure children feel the sense of trust we have in them to find their way through emotional dilemmas to uncover the solidness within when we let them be with what they are going through. If we try to intervene and not allow them the space to feel uncomfortable they may not learn what’s truly within.

  14. Love is strong and stands firm, holding the absoluteness of truth. It is through this foundation that we are raised and pulled up to be all that we are here to naturally be. I love what you share here Anne ‘I love that life is a cycle, how everything comes around, how we are all in this together, and how we are all growing and evolving, back to the oneness we are from.’ – as it is only through love that our true potential is realised and lived.

  15. And I love your blog Anne, as the lessons you share are so valuable and important. Having just read a blog on the importance of valuing our elders, this blogs shows exactly the deep wisdom that can be shared by a grandmother.

  16. “He had just let it go” – Kids are extraordinarily wise, and they can know exactly when it’s time to let things go and move on. Sometimes it’s our own interference that causes confusion or leads them away from what they know is true.

    1. So true Susie, and also our own issue with repercussions when we choose something. Children can feel our unease or issue with them/ourselves growing and evolving and they can either go along with it or stay with themselves and let go of what does not belong.

  17. Fabulous article Anne. What struck me the most was the dummies, which one would think give some comfort to a child, actually create the unease that has to arise when we think we need anything. This leaves us feeling less and in the constant chase to feel more.

  18. Some great lessons here indeed Anne – we have such a strong reflection of kids who are so aware of their bodies. They communicate with us in full and rarely hide where they are at. It is by reading and connecting with this communication that we can support them and learn from them.

    1. Beautifully said HM and this is a glowing example how true parenting is a responsibility we all hold whenever we are with a child, whether they are ‘our’ children or not.

  19. ‘We can listen to and honour these markers of what is and is not true… or not. When a child “acts up”, what are they communicating to us?’ Too often a child ‘acting up’ will be seen as something we have to stop and as adults we impose on them, we take it as a personal ‘attack’ and judge what is happening instead of observing what is truly going on and to see it as something we all can learn from.

  20. There is no age restriction to choose whether we want to become dependent on something and on what that might be. Opting out of such dependence and truly renouncing to it is the difficult bit. Yet, understanding that what brings pleasure to someone is what owns him/her, helps to help this person to break free from it.

  21. A great lesson in that we are here to support another be all that they are, ‘we never know when another person is ready to evolve to the next level of their life. And we should never get in the way when the time comes.’

  22. Like many things we tend to put in our mouth, also the dummy represents a need to numb ourselves from the reality that life brings. a reality that needs all of us to be lived in full instead of the lesser numbed person that is actually holding him or herself back in their joy that living life brings.

  23. As we all know the dummy is also known as a ‘pacifier’, and it is no different from an adult having a good stash of scotch or wine in their cabinet, or perhaps a good supply of DVDs or subscription to netflicks – unlimited supply of pacification with the little fear at the tail of it with the possibility of running out. Until we start living in our essence we will always be carrying two dummies around in each hand with one in our mouth. Thanks for the great image and symbol Anne!

  24. What I love about this is that it’s not about a dummy or disruptive behaviour but about another person’s evolution. When we look at life in terms of evolution and that we are all (no matter how small) on an evolutionary path, it brings a different awareness to life and a new responsibility as in our actions we have the ability to support or hinder another persons growth.

  25. Absolutely, love is, ‘Holding another in the love that we are and allowing them to feel that they too are that love.’

  26. When the time or should I say, when we are in the right space to let go of things, then letting go is easy.

  27. Thank you Anne for a great article, beautiful to see how standing firm with the decision by the family allowed the child to then let go, a realisation that when a child is acting up what is it that they are needing or calling for.

  28. A powerful lesson in letting go. ” ….. we can use anything in an addictive way, even a bit of brightly coloured plastic. Anything that we use for relief, to numb ourselves, to not feel, to distract ourselves from what we cannot but feel, can become a crutch that we depend on”.So many of us do this, using food, alcohol, sport, TV etc – using anything not to really feel whats going on.

  29. At first glimpse I thought this article was called… The Mummy… The horror movie about dead things coming to life… Upon reading it… It was even more scary ☺ we can get addicted so easily, so quickly, and so young.

  30. We are all like your little grandson Anne as we all hold pockets of comfort in different ways and at different stages of our lives but it is the willingness and surrender to let it go and see how this then inspires a greater understanding of why we hold these behaviours in the first place, that we learn a great deal. Responsibility is a beautiful part of our lives and one that we are all apart of no matter how old we are. A great blog Anne thank you.

  31. What a gift to share with us Anne. That there is a picture we have of behaviour that stops us actually listening to what our children are sharing back to us. verbal communication is such a small percentage of what actually is being presented, we would be wise to open all our senses when listening to another.

  32. It is pretty amazing that often what we think will be the hardest thing to give up for a child (or Ourselves) can be done in such a smooth fashion. The signals have to be read that tell us it is time for this to happen!

  33. The responsibility that we hold as parents/Aunts/Uncles/
    Grandparents etc is great. Which was used in full in this sharing. There was an opportunity offered that was not ignored, and the results from acting responsibily speak for them selves. The greatest part though in this experience, I feel, is the steadiness that the adults held, no sign of giving in, just simply acting in the moment, with the child being fully aware of the consequences of their actions. Absolutely brilliant parenting.

  34. I can feel the freedom of your grandson Anne.
    Great to see that something that may seem to be a support, can become a burden if it’s not let go when it arrives the time to do it.

  35. Our children are a fabulous reflection to us; there is always something to learn in what they are experiencing and communicating. They are very sensitive and they feel everything going on, this has been amazing to experience on a daily basis for the last nine years. We can choose to ignore this reflection or we can be open to it, and with openness comes an honesty, vulnerability and responsibility as a parent that is without question of deep support to those being parented and healing for us as parents. I love the rawness and divineness that children bring to life, always lots to learn and appreciate.

  36. Thank you Anne for sharing this great learning, what a beautiful story to see how something we are attached to can delay our evolution big time and by letting go it all flows again and we are ready for the next step that is already there.

  37. When we parent our children truly out of love and truth, their rebellious behaviors which are signals to us that something is amiss, will have a greater possibility to shift into parenting us back also in love and in truth. This is a win win situation for all.

  38. What you share about being able to use anything as a dummy is very true! Attachments, pacifiers and coping mechanism are a teenage and then an adult thing too. How much simpler would it be to deal with the issue at hand, rather than pacify or comfort ourselves, learn resilience but never really deal with what the hurt or issue was in the first place?!

  39. This blog is such a delight to read. It brings greater understanding as to how toddlers communicate when they are ready to step up and make changes in their life and how we, as adults can support them to do this.

  40. It is so gorgeous to observe children – especially babies and see how they do not take anything on. And as you say here – their bad behaviour is usually reflective of what we are not doing or behavior that is not true.

  41. I feel a bit like that with certain food choices or behaviours that I have grown out of and am ready to give up. I might metaphorically cry or react for a day or two but then afterwards the space, freedom and increased vitality is sooooo worth it!

  42. How different things would be within families if we were to understand that often ‘bad behaviours’ are children’s way of “letting us know what is not true”. A constant barometer in the home for living truth!

  43. I often look at children with dummies and I wonder what are they sucking in , they can spend most of the day and as described in this writing even when they talk its in their mouth. I always get the impression it stops the breathing that will support them and they are gasping for air.

  44. “we never know when another person is ready to evolve to the next level of their life. And we should never get in the way when the time comes.”
    There is a deep honoring in actually following through with what you say, for both the child and yourself. You teach the child respect, and at the same time responsibility. Two fundamental foundations to all human interactions.

  45. It feels really beautifull that you all live together and you are right we can all learn so much from this. I also agree as soon as I read the part ‘throwing the dummy on the floor. He had been doing this quite a bit and he was down to his last dummy,’ It felt like he was wanting to let go of this now but not knowing how to do it so on some level asking for help. Even if we find it hard to express love always finds a way to support us 💕

  46. This is simply awesome Anne and shows that no matter what age we are, we can let go of something and move forward in our own time and it is us who can hold them and support them to bring through a greater understanding for their choices made, by simply allowing them to just be. What a gorgeous reflection this holds for all. Thank you.

  47. What an inspirational blog this is Anne, and what a wonderful opportunity for reflection your grandson has given you and all of us. When we have attachments to anything – whether they are people, animals, places or objects, we do not allow the flow that is there to offer us so much more for ourselves and for everyone else.

  48. Helicopter parenting is a pretty telling phrase. I see it a lot with parents and I can see how the kids clock this – they react to their parents reactions. So then what are we teaching our kids? To me this is not love and I feel blessed to be able to read my toddler and not react to her – but talk to her as I would an adult and see the bigger picture.

  49. What struck me when reading your blog Anne was the calmness and steadiness of the boys father in following through with throwing the dummy in the bin. Following through an action expressed in love and truth is such a key to parenting. Thank you for sharing your experiences and wisdom.

  50. Thank you Anne, I had a moment reading where I realised in my own way I too can experience the “anxiousness, the plaintive wailing, the demanding, the insatiable desire”. For me it’s often around pictures of how I falsely believe life needs to be or should be, then the internal chaos starts. Your two year old grandson is an inspiring example of the power of letting go, thank you.

    1. Yes, I have had to call the ‘whambulance’ for myself at times. The insatiable desire to not feel what I am feeling and desperate to find a way, any way, to numb what I am feeling. I have loved going with the vulnerability and seeing what is underneath.

  51. ‘Firstly, love is not always what we think it is.’ I love the simple truth shared in this line Anne, too many people live with a version of love that’s emotional and based on need rather than supporting another to truly evolve.

  52. Gorgeous Anne – what a profound example of love and that is being expressed and has consequences, but clearly not in pain or reaction, but from absolute understanding of what is true and needed. That to me is absolute love.

  53. Your insight into why children do what they do is profound. When we accept that behaviours are a reflection we have to face our own responsibility and the consequences of what we are choosing.

  54. When we let go of our “dummy” or sources of comfort in life, we are naturally freed us up to be able to express more of who we are, just as your grandson was. What a great reminder for us all to let go of the things that holds us back from evolving.

  55. Allowing another the space to be and evolve at their own pace is true love, even if that means that it takes them years/ lives in misery and discomfort to come back to the essence of who they truly are.

  56. “We never know when another person is ready to evolve to the next level of their life. And we should never get in the way when the time comes.” Absolutely, we don’t know what is in front of someone and what might be next for them and we should never ever stand in their way when the time comes for them to step up and go to the next level.

    1. Yet how much do we presume there is an age to do things? I have found we also have a fear of the behaviour being bad and us not being able to cope that comes in when we consider supporting another to let go of their pacifier (child or adult!)

      1. Yeah could there be a right time for everything and that time is not age related, but related to that particular person’s evolution and what is right for them in their life.

  57. What you have shared Anne has great value for us all, adults and children alike. Anything that was once evolutionary for us can easily become a comfort, attachment or addiction, hindering our development, if we do not continue to grow, let go and expand with the evolution that is always on offer.

  58. We can attach ourselves to all manner of things to avoid our true expression. We often times are aware of these but sometimes we need a nudge from a friend or even a firm hand, as in the case here, to allow us what it takes to really let go and free ourselves from the restrictions we have moulded our comfort around.

  59. I love what you are saying here Anne about never getting in the way of another’s next evolutionary step. This is a huge part of what it is to love and care of another.

  60. Breaking through the illusion of what emotional love allows us to understand the truth and power we hold when we live from an open heart and we can allow and hold another in space for them to be who they are and evolve at their own pace just by receiving our reflection as a marker of truth.

  61. A wonderful reminder that life is full of amazing lessons and often children are our teachers. I have had the joy of living just up the path from two of my grandchildren for all of their lives and boy have I learnt so much from them. They have had me squirming at their honesty at times but after the initial shock of what has been delivered I am always ready to listen and appreciate the lesson that I had been given. Our children may be small in stature but they are big in wisdom; it’s up to us to honour that and be open to listen and to learn.

  62. “And knowing that we are dependent on it creates a contraction, and a sense of unease in us, for if we depend on it, what on earth are we going to do without it?”
    I can feel the choice to be stuck in the loop of dependency for certain things. It is simply an excuse of not wanting to evolve. Your grandson was supported to take the step, when we are older we have the responsibility to initiate these for ourselves. By connecting to true purpose this can offer all the support and loving guidance required to take any step.

  63. This is very beautiful. Not only your grandson was able to let go of his dummy, but your whole family had an experience of how true love would look when it comes to parenting and allow us to be open to observe and learn so the entire family evolve and now you sharing it with us all – we all evolve. We indeed are all in this together.

  64. Wow I love this Anne! The palpable change in your grandson could so be felt by just reading your experience. I have seen this countless times with my own children… how I might feel worried about how they may react if something is taken off them or another consequence, and more often than not it’s a great opportunity for them to let go of a vice that does not support them. My go to at the moment would be my phone and before I know it I’ve wasted so much time on it.

  65. Beautiful Anne, thank you so much! What a magnificent blog , example of how we can be with things we need to break through in life, and showing us that there is a very deep love in true discipline. From this example I know that love can be very different that I would have imagined to be.

  66. Reading this you can see how we as adults can transfer our insecurities onto the child by having a picture of how they may or may not react, and then hold a tension waiting for the tantrum to start. Also having learnt the hard way whilst bringing up my children, it is easy to see that too much emotion clearly never helps any situation, and feeling guilty for saying no is a belief that we could well do without.

  67. I love this blog and the symbol the dummy offers us all Anne. Reading your words today it’s clear to me that even having issues and difficulties in the first place is a huge distraction to me being me. I don’t actually have the problems I think I do, and whilst I might kick up a fuss at first when this is pointed out – the easiness and flow that comes through is beautiful to feel. These dummies we have are all just a way to avoid our natural power.

  68. Adults acting childish, when, it is used in a reactive way, like the over reacting saying of throwing the baby out with the bathwater doesn’t do Justice to really acting childish! Your actions with the dummy have shown how expanding, small things we let go of and the large effects they have. Maybe, we need to act a bit more childish more often. We can leave things that are holding us back and just move on and have a little fun!

  69. Often it is us adults who cannot let go of the measures we have put in place to support our children, even when these measures are clearly not supportive anymore. Children, when given the space, are remarkably ok with letting go as long as they do not sense the attachment on the adult’s behalf. Great example Anne!

  70. Children are amazing as you say Anne and we can learn so much from them from their ways of playing and how they interact with others to things that may be upsetting or disturbing them. When we hold others with love and allow them the space to be it is awesome what we can learn. Thank you Anne.

  71. I love that when something that we are using as a crutch is truly let go of… spaciousness and ease is left in it’s place to confirm the choice to discard what is no longer needed and a place for something more to be. A great and inspirational reminder in the beauty of choosing to evolve.

  72. Love can come in many different expression,it is selfless, for the all and absolutely honouring and appreciative of the truth of a persons essence and gentle. I am a parent and I am learning that I need to hold authority, be sure and not tolerate some behaviours, while begin gentle, (not weak…gentle) it is important that I be role model and be responsible.

  73. Whenever someone criticised my mum for letting me have a dummy as a child, she would ask them why it was okay for them to have a glass of alcohol as a comfort or relaxer, and yet it was wrong for me to have a dummy. As I have grown up I can see the logic in what she said, but in both cases be it adult or child what has to be considered is why it is the pacifier that is needed.

  74. I have had many dummies of my own over the years which have ended up in the bin when the time was right and one or two that I am still clinging on to that it is time went to their rest in the dump truck.

  75. This is a beautiful piece of writing Anne, filled with so much wisdom and understanding. When I come back as a little bubba with dummy mania, I’d like to have a grandmother like you!

  76. Trusting that everyone gets what they need is a great way to not get involved in other peoples stuff. If i think I know what another person needs then it is just a way of not dealing with my own life and how could i possible know what another person needs?
    Children have a wisdom that I have forgotten. I realize that I may have learned more from my children then they have learned from me.

  77. “Firstly, love is not always what we think it is.” This is so true I am having all my parenting ideals thrown in the bin at the moment. Helicopter and Lawnmower ( preparing and preventing any obstacles for the kids before it happens) parenting is not only disabling our kids it is extremely harmful to the parents as well.

  78. “Anything that we use for relief, to numb ourselves, to not feel, to distract ourselves from what we cannot but feel, can become a crutch that we depend on.” – Too true, we can be very creative when it comes to ways and means of holding back, distracting ourselves or avoiding something!

  79. Beautifully shared Anne, I know of more adults than children that would have tantrums if there comforts were taken away. This blog highlights how the comforts in our lives keep us stuck in a contraction that holds us back from truly evolving – time for me to examine anything I am holding onto to and place in the rubbish bin as well.

  80. I love that life is a cycle, how everything comes around, how we are all in this together, and how we are all growing and evolving, back to the oneness we are from. I love the inclusiveness of this Anne, all of us are here to support and hold each other in love, with a little nudge here and there, whether work mates, acquaintances, friends or strangers, by listening, honouring and allowing space for changes at just the right time.

  81. I think often about the damage of helicopter parenting, and I admire those parents who are able to trust enough to let their child explore and interact with others and with their world. It must be a real challenge to stand up against a screaming child yet I guess doing so is how they grow and evolve into responsible people and a real mark of offering true love.

  82. “…we never know when another person is ready to evolve to the next level of their life. And we should never get in the way when the time comes.” – and we do not need to know. We can support them if they need it but the greatest support for them is us living our own evolutionary path.

  83. “we can use anything in an addictive way, even a bit of brightly coloured plastic” and we learn it from very young that distraction is the way to go when we feel uncomfortable. But instead we should learn to stop and feel, even more, as only when we are, in the true sense of the word, ‘with’ ourselves can we know what is going on for us and the next step will naturally unfold.

  84. I like what you are calling out here, that we often do to another to keep our own peace. So parenting starts very much with ourselves, When we are willing to let go of our own comfort we will know what steps to take with ourselves and our children.

  85. I am inspired by how this example of true parenting is firm but equally without any judgement or control what so ever. It is still holding the child in absolute love for who they are and respecting their choices whilst still knowing that some of their behaviours are simply not coming from them.

  86. I could so feel the blessing of the ‘cycle’ of life in your beautiful words Anne: ‘I love that life is a cycle, how everything comes around, how we are all in this together, and how we are all growing and evolving, back to the oneness we are from.’ I am re-experiencing being with my daughter who now has her own daughter and the depth of love and understanding of our communication and expression with each other is quite wonderful to observe and be part of.

    1. It is incredible to build relationships based on openness, respect, love and a willingness to learn together. The cross-generation connections are an inspiration and gift for all of us.

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