A re­minder that ev­ery child is pre­cious

Tri-County Vanguard - - OPINION -

I be­lieve there are many ways to hon­our MaCali Cormier and her short life. She was a pre­cious little child to those who knew her. Now she has be­come pre­cious to many who had never heard of her be­fore Satur­day night, Nov. 24.

A strong re­minder to see ev­ery child as pre­cious while they are in our ev­ery­day lives.

Cali, as many called her, has now touched thou­sands of peo­ple in a lot of dif­fer­ent ways. How did she touch you?

How will you for­ever be or do some­thing dif­fer­ently be­cause of her? Will you take the time to sort out your own feel­ings about liv­ing fully and dy­ing? Will you al­low chil­dren in your life your un­di­vided at­ten­tion ev­ery day? Will you al­low the chil­dren the time to share “their” feel­ings about all that is hap­pen­ing in “their” world?

Will you teach them all liv­ing things on earth go through the process of birth, life and death, us­ing as an ex­am­ple a non-tragic sit­u­a­tion such as the death of a plant, an an­i­mal or a per­son known or un­known? Will you pre­pare your­self to­day with an ex­pla­na­tion in lan­guage that a child could eas­ily un­der­stand? Are you ready for the ques­tions the very in­tel­li­gent chil­dren of to­day can ask?

As par­ents and grand­par­ents, we all have a com­mit­ment to make in pre­par­ing our­selves and our chil­dren for a dis­cus­sion on death be­fore we are forced to in tragic sit­u­a­tions that af­fect so many.

Yes, in hon­our of Cali I have sorted my feel­ings and have an­swered all these ques­tions within my­self. I am pre­pared with my way of ex­plain­ing life and death to the chil­dren in my life.

Thank you Cali for helping me be bet­ter pre­pared for all the chil­dren, ev­ery day.

Mar­garet Ann De­veau, Up­per Wedge­port

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