It has started already. They can hear muffled noises emanating from outside the womb. They hear Maria and I talking to them, they hear our intonations, our speaking rhythms, and they hear the beat of the music we play.
Today, we heard the beat of their little hearts on a sonogramophonic-whatever-you-have-me midwife microphone.
We are all learning. Learning what we excel, in, what we like, what drives us, what we find exciting, interesting, and challenging.
It is our job to raise Pixie and Dixie. To pave their path to maturity with encouragement and patience, whatever characteristics they grow to possess. This will ultimately lead them down certain paths and mould their future.
Now I’ve said it before to Maria, we will encourage whatever they find interesting – their learning should be driven not only by us, but also by them. Education should be fun, and they should learn about what they want to learn about, not just the “curriculum” we choose to present to them.
So we will have a science corner, such that they understand scientific methods of thinking.
But we will also have a dance corner, so that they understand the importance of dance and how it invigorates the spirit.
And if either one of them has any “conditions” we will use them to our advantage. Any particular positive interests will be nurtured, and cultivated.
The following TED talk details exactly what I have been saying for many years (we will also teach modesty.), however it is delivered in a far funnier and more poignant way than ever I could.
I had to choose between art and science at school, when I had a love for both. In fact, I was told I should not do art of any kind, by my teachers. We will not stifle our children in that way, nor shall we put them in any pre-conceived categories.
Their possibilities are infinite, and they, not we, shall define them.