Do not worry - of course, I don't mean it in a mean way.
I've been researching children's dance classes when I came across this picture from Cumbe Center for African and Diaspora Dance. My heart was taken away immediately. How beautiful are these children! They seem to have been asked to pose funny faces for the camera, and they raised their little hands like paws beside their faces while screaming "roarrr!" - No kidding, they were exactly the tiny cunning creatures they were imitating with their poses. How can you say that you don't believe them to be?
I work in a dance school in Flushing. There are always children in our school. Sometimes, the younger ones break down into tears during a class for no reason. At this time, the teacher may not know why the child cries, but she or he lightly embraces the child. With this embrace the child calms down eventually.
The teacher that embraces a crying child has such composure and compassion. She or he is never the losing party, no matter how challenging the child can be. With such wisdom and understanding, the teacher makes the best of any situation. I heard a saying from a movie that there is a separate god for children. I never quite understood its meaning. Maybe it is a little prayer for there to be a children's god to always protect our children. We do not need to look for this god elsewhere. We must cultivate the children's god in each and everyone of us.
Our thoughts are with Europe in this time of sadness. Wishing for the safety and well-being of us all.