Shel Silverstein on validation

The Little Boy and the Old Man

‘Said the little boy, “Sometimes I drop my spoon.”

Said the old man, “I do that too.”

The little boy whispered, “I wet my pants.”

“I do that too,” laughed the old man.

Said the little boy, “I often cry.”

The old man nodded, “So do I.”

“But worst of all,” said the boy, “it seems like grown-ups don’t pay attention to me.”

And he felt the warmth of a wrinkled old hand.

I know what you mean,” said the old man.

Shel Silverstein

We are in this together. Gratitude to those who help us experience that.

Palace Gate Counselling Service, Exeter

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