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My grandson hasn’t seen a real butterfly

By Yolando Rosauro

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When I was a kid I would run to the vacant lot of our village filled with flower and vegetable gardens and a few fruit trees my grandfather attended. I did this because I love to see and hear the sounds of nature around me.

I was always fascinated with tiny creatures I came across like frogs, turtles, ground lizards and all kinds of birds and also the insects like dragon flies, butterflies and even bats.

It was important and necessary part of my innocent life and I guess my lolo made it so. It taught me the wonder of the outside world and its many possibilities.

Now I am marching to my retirement age but I still believe that was the best learning of my life. In fact, I made it a profession- a biology teacher.

I also think that time ushered my love for reading and respecting other people and tiny creatures because I was taught we are all connected to each other in many small invisible ways. Like a spider depending his web. If we humankind destroy our web, we perished. It’s the law of the world.

In many ways my mother was encouraging too. She would bring me there and play catching butterflies and dragonflies in the garden. When she catch them she would release them, after talking to them and say thank you.

That amazed me and left me an imprint to my memory. I was really connected.

“Isn’t it strange that Alfred hasn’t seen a butterfly?” my ex-wife asked me. Our first-born grandson is seven years old, excellent already in computer games but ignorant and uncaring on insects and the meaning of the web of life.

He once told me he has not indeed seen a real butterfly, frogs and turtles and don’t care.

“I pity you and your ignorance.” I replied and he looked at me strangely.

He must have thought I’d be proud of his gadget’s expertise that I would boost how good he is to my friends like his parents do. Because I’m not and dismayed to his disconnection to basic things in life he must learned and appreciate first. I believe his feet is not standing on strong grounds, so to speak.

My fear is that he becomes a violent person when he grows up. Research has shown that children who are constantly exposed to violent games and senseless TV shows become moody, insistent, stubborn, temperamental, disrespectful and loud (hambug). What parents like to raise children like that?

But then they (kids) are uncontrollable because they are raise badly by ignorant parents and no thanks to the “aid” of computers and other high-tech trappings of the so-called fast life.

This is a call to parents and parents-to-be to put the children the right values and means without the lure of machine-mentality.

Go back to the old and traditional beliefs. You are not raising robots in the making but persons with human hearts anchored on humanity.

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