By Fredrica Syren
My daughter Bella is five years old and in my opinion an amazing human being. I know it’s a soft mommy’s heart that’s speaking. She is a sponge when it comes to knowledge and asks a lot of questions, sometimes followed by a “why?” which can drive me crazy, especially when I’m driving or dealing with her overtired brother. I have to remind myself to be patient, as she is learning every day and every moment so questions come up. Thanks to her, I have learned a lot because when I don’t know the answer I look it up for her. One day her question was what Native Americans eat, and another day she was curious about how many teeth a killer whale has.
So, to help her learn and for me to have the answers, we borrow books on the subjects she is interested in from our local library; we look up other matters on the internet; and sometimes we even find a person to ask the questions to. All this knowledge also has introduced some other fun subjects because she has become very aware of other issues. For example, she is vegetarian except when we’re out and about, and cannot find suitable food for her. Then she will, on occasion, eat fish. That was the case until she learned how dolphins and whales get caught in fishing lines and equipment, and get hurt. One day she declared that she loves dolphins and whales and, therefore, will not eat fish again because not only does that cause a risk for them but also it’s their food. I’m so proud of my beautiful little five-year-old girl.