A Taste of Innocence

Written by on July 26, 2006 in Conversations on the Healing Journey with 0 Comments

Earlier this week I did an author reading and performance of “Little Yellow Pear Tomatoes” at Kaltreider-Benfer Library in Red Lion, PA. I’ve spoken and sung at various events, but this is the first specifically for children. The turnout was good, and there was something very gratifying about looking into the faces of the children and seeing them connect with what I was saying.

I learned a lot from that experience, and have ideas for engaging the children further. Stacey and I had talked about putting a children’s CD together, before and now I feel even more inspired to do so.

It was so neat to do something just for the fun of it. I was asked if I would be open to doing more events for children, and I said that I would. Writing this children’s story was the first project I did that didn’t have something to do with healing or overcoming. No matter how hopeful and uplifting, they still have something to do with a wound or saddness of some sort.

Little Yellow Pear Tomatoes“was just an innocent celebration of life. It became my first glimpse into a childhood I never had, a taste of innocence without “something” hanging over it..a perspective on the way things should be.

Oh yes, I know there are people who say “should’s” and “ought to’s” are a source of sorrow, that we should adopt an attitude of nonjdugemental acceptance. But really, some things really should be. Like children should feel safe and have their innocence protected. Believing that it ought to be so, isn’t what brings us sorrow. It’s the unjust and cruel things that make it not so that causes so much sorrow.

Being peaceful, I think does, have to do with accepting “It is what it is”, but peaceful is not complacency or apathy. It doesn’t mean just because it is what it is, it’s okay to always be that way. We can accept “it is what it is”, and in fact, it’s sometimes necessary to preserve our sanity in a sometimes insane world, but this acceptance should provide us with the space and incentive to decide what we want to do about it, to choose to respond in whatever empowering way is right for us.

Why? Because we know that if things are not the way they should be, it is up to us to bring about changes so they may be.

Children should be able to look at their world with wonder. The light in their eyes should not go out. And for a moment, that wonder and light was mine.


About the Author

About the Author: Demian Yumei, author, singer/songwriter and artist activist, using spoken, written word and original songs in her human rights activism. Demian is a traveler on the healing journey with a lifelong love affair with the creative process. .


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