What Are You Hungry For?

At my practice my littler friends and I have been reading The Very Hungry Caterpillar, one of my all time favorite books. This classic by Eric Carle tells the story of how much food one caterpillar eats just prior to building his cocoon and…. we know the rest of the story, but just in case, I won’t give away the ending.

I have been watching three real life caterpillar friends, housed in a terrarium, munching and munching on milkweed leaves. I found the butterfly eggs glued to the underside of the leaves on a milkweed plant growing in my yard. Much like the Very Hungry Caterpillar, these caterpillars literally eat all day. They are so hungry for that milkweed.

So my question is: What are we hungry for? And you wonder ….what does this question have to do with children and language development?

Raising and caring for young children and adolescents takes energy. Working and communicating with children takes energy, especially when communication and language are difficult.

My thoughts as I watch these little munching machines….we are all hungry. Our food is what we all hunger for- compassion, hope, kindness, love, attention- just to name a few. As parents and as professionals in the medical field, make sure that we look around us, at our partners, our children, our coworkers, our family, our neighbors, and those with whom we share but a bit of time, to feed each other.

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