23 October 2010

wise 'w's

I keep six honest serving-men

(They taught me all I knew);

Their names are What and Why and When
And How and Where and Who.

I send them over land and sea,
I send them east and west;

But after they have worked for me,
I give them all a rest.

I let them rest from nine till five,
For I am busy then,

As well as breakfast, lunch, and tea,
For they are hungry men.

But different folk have different views; 
I know a person small-

She keeps ten million serving-men,
Who get no rest at all!

She sends 'em abroad on her own affairs,

From the second she opens her eyes-

One million Hows, two million Wheres,

And seven million Whys! 

                            Rudyard Kipling

Whether you are a parent, teacher, student or just a plain inquisitive person, I believe this is a poem that has a message to serve you well throughout your days.

Is there a 'Y?' person in your world?
Perhaps it's you, always inquisitive, searching, asking...perhaps it's a two year old, a 22 year old or a 122 year old!

I'd love to know what the best "Why?" question you've been asked has been....

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  1. Kipling always nails it. My husband is a soldier & he & my son both share the same middle name which is a W (or dub-ya) as we like to pretend it's like George Bush. My children weren't painful Y toddlers, but i took a lot of time to answer all their questions, maybe that helped?? Love Posie

  2. I have a 8 yr old Y child and the questions never stop coming, sometimes I wish she would spend more time listening to the answers but to busy thinking of the next question to ask.
    Thanks for your comment on my blog, I aslo love the linen, if only I could find some to buy.
    Have a great weekend.

  3. Thank you for visiting and your lovely comment. When I first came across the word serendipity I thought it was the most prettiest sounding word and still do. Love the poem I am going to print that out. My son is nearly 9 and has asked why before he could even talk I reckon. He does it for information so keen to learn. As for the best why question I am going to have a think today and will get back to you on this one. Charmaine

  4. Ah this is me Felicity! I drove my poor Mum & Dad crazy with the 'Why?' word. Mum had it worse, 'cos as a Junior Primary teacher, she heard it all day at school & then came home to hear it all night from moi. At 54 I still drive Senior Management in my Company crazy with the same word. If we settle for the status quo, our lives will never change, we must never stop questioning, that's how remarkable things happen. Delighted you enjoyed our Buenos Aires weekend, thank you for your lovely words.
    Millie ^_^

  5. Thanks for your comment!
    lovely post

  6. I have a 3 and a half year old son whose favourite question is why. Nearly drives me insane, but I try to answer him in a way that he understands. I can't think of one single question he has asked lately...there have been too many of them.


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