Monday, June 15, 2009

The significance of age six

By Elizabeth Payne, Canwest News Service

They can be bouncy and bossy, hyper-focused one minute and driven to gap-toothed silliness the next. But pay attention, to spend time with a six-year-old is to witness the future. Every childhood milestone is important, but six is magic.

Author A.A. Milne captured the sense of optimism that defines the age in his poem The End, which finishes with the lines: "But now I am six, I'm as clever as clever, So I think I'll be six now for ever and ever."

I recited the poem to both of my children when they turned six and have clear memories of my own sense of invulnerability at that age. But not every six-year-old shares that optimism.

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