Markus, 5, our animal lover

Eye to eye, our animal lover, Markus, 5

A baby bird fell from a nest, far up in a tree. We knew a cat would "eat" him, so we decided to care for it until it could fly. But, we didn't really know how to teach it to eat or fly. We therefore became imprinted as it's family. We helped it practice to fly, but it would only turn back to land on my son's hand or head. Finally, we "threw" it up, and away it went, Free at Last. My son, Markus, loves all animals, and I'm sure will be just like Steve Irwin. He always needs to examine things first, and learn to communicate with the animal. He knows several bird names by their sound, and will get up early in the morning to "communicate" with them (yes, he has quite a vocabulary for 5, but can't quite see the need to color within the lines, or cut around a picture...he'd much rather be out in our acre of land, checking out all the beauties nature). I think it is easy for parents to structure our children with so many 'opportunities," that we forget all they can learn just exploring the environment, discovering their own creative gifts.

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