I have just read this and I had to share......
I am struck by the fact that the more slowly trees grow at first,
the sounder they are at the core, and I think that the same is
true of human beings. We do not wish to see children
precocious, making great strides in their early years like
sprouts, producing a soft and perishable timber, but better if
they expand slowly at first, as if contending with difficulties,
and so solidified and perfected. Such trees continue to
expand with nearly equal rapidity to extreme old age.
Henry David Thoreau.
A threeyear old boy is sitting quietly in the backseat of his
father's car eating an apple. He looks down at the fruit in his
hand and asks, 'Daddy, why is my apple turning brown?'
'Because after you ate the skin off, the meat of the apple came in
contact with the air which caused it to oxidize thus changing its
molecular structure and turning it into a different colour.'There
was a long silence. Then the boy asked softly, 'Daddy, are you
talking to me?'.