Thank you too, Robin. It is such a joy to discover and learn. A day nothing learned is a day not lived. If anything defines a zombie, it is its inability to learn.

What a colorful family Breanna has the opportunity to grow up in. I am convinced that intelligence is fed by diversity. Your description of Breanna’s human environment reminded me of one of the most beautiful and informative books I ever read. ‘Die Gerettete Zunge, Geschichte Einer Jugend’, the first volume of the autobiography of Elias Canetti. In case you are not familiar with German: ‘The Tongue Set Free’, Remembrance of a European Childhood’. Canetti is born in Rustsjuk, a town in Bulgaria, but that is ‘an inadequate representation of it, because people of the most diverging descent lived there, you could hear seven or eight different languages every day’. Canetti’s parents where Spanish Jews, the family moved to Manchester, England, when he was 5 years old. After two years his mother decided to move to Vienna. New environments, new languages, new cultures. This is why students should get the opportunity to travel to other countries.

The young Canetti was like Breanna, very intelligent, eager to learn. Most children are, but their natural curiosity often becomes constricted by opiniatedness of grown ups (‘grown downs’ often fits better).

I am sure the diversity in her family will help Breanna to become the intelligent grown up you hope for.

(I had to do a little search to learn what Pagan means. As an atheist humanist I am always interested in the roads people follow to give meaning to life. I was surprised by the history of paganism and its multifurcation.)

Friend of life and beauty and foe of spoilers of life and beauty. Golden marriage. Grandfather. Pianist and micro poet. Dutch, European.

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