CISV Atlanta Newsletter – Fall 2005
Oh, to be a kid again…
It is the rare instance when that thought even begins to enter my mind. If you are in those wonderful years, like I am, where wisdom and maturity are truly settling in, you would probably agree that being a kid again has no appeal; who would ever want to go through those stressful pre-teens, the angst-filled teens, the struggling years when entering adulthood? I would even go so far as to say there are no exceptions – – but that would be an outright lie.
I’d give almost anything to be able to have the experiences with CISV that my son, Patrick, is having. When I think about the meaningful relationships he has already begun to build with kids from around the country, and the potential of others from around the world, all created in the spirit of unification, understanding and peace (and FUN!!) – I feel more than a twinge of envy. However, I also feel pride in knowing I have had a small part in providing this amazing opportunity to Patrick and anyone else from the Atlanta area who wants it.
The really cool thing about being involved with CISV, for me personally, is all the meaningful relationships I, too, am building with folks from all over the world, all of the same mind as I. To be associated with an international organization whose whole purpose is promoting peace among nations, thereby being connected to others in the world who desire the same for their children, is deeply gratifying. CISV has given me real hope that through our children, and our individual efforts, the day may finally arrive where all children can go to sleep at night in warm beds with full bellies, untroubled minds, and peaceful hearts.