We talked to our kids about souls

Everyone needs to know how this whole life thing works ๐Ÿ™Œ๐ŸŒฑ๐ŸŒฟ

Butterfly Mind

Swinging Bridge at Babcock State Park, West Virginia, autumn on andreabadgley.com Swinging Bridge at Babcock State Park, West Virginia

โ€œHey Mom, are trees living things or living beings?โ€

Our nine year old son looked into the forest then up at me as we hiked side by side along a gurgling brook. His dad and sister walked a few steps ahead of us. Upstream was the Glade Creek Grist Mill in West Virginia,ย a rustic wooden building with a pitched roof. Today its wet planks were framed by yellowing autumn trees.

โ€œI guess that depends on what you mean by living being,โ€ I said. โ€œI think of a being as โ€” โ€ I tried to think of words that would be familiar to him. I failed. โ€œAs a sentient being โ€” something that has a soul.โ€ The path was littered in gold, red, and toast brown leaves, and I kicked at a drift with my leather hiking shoe.

โ€œPersonally, I think of treesโ€ฆ

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