Surprisingly, we need to take a leaf out of our children’s books…
We all know that childhood nursery rhyme about Motherduck losing her flock over the hill; but don’t forget that one by one they all seemed to return, because the chicks simply yearned for that nurturing again. Sounds familiar? Well, whether we care to admit it or not, we all need a bit of Motherduck TLC from time to time.
Funnily enough, childhood stories actually reinforce important sociological concepts for all ages. I have found this, myself, when reading children’s stories; the hidden message is maybe something I also need to remind myself of, and not just the kids. As we become adults and as life becomes busy we can lose touch of those significant values in their raw form. So, today, as Children’s Book Week is fast approaching, I took myself back to the favourites of Dr Seuss and The Little Engine That Could, to appreciate their hidden subtexts more deeply. I started to identify that simplicity is not a lack of depth, but it’s really where the magic grows.
“A person’s a person, no matter how small.” – Dr Seuss
The gift of giving is something like no other, and there is no shortage of childhood books that communicate how to treasure our friendships. However, us adults seem to resort to the giving of a materialistic gift all too quickly, when really the gift of time, care and the like is so much more powerful.
Re-connecting with family and old friends can be a daunting task. Life gets busy and we lose track of those treasured people, not necessarily because they’re not worth our time, but because we simply don’t have enough time in the day. One thing leads to another, time passes and it seems like a chore to contact them because there will be SO MUCH to catch up on. Yes, it is cliché, but there is no time like the present. If there is a friend you have been thinking of, maybe take the time to check in with them? You’d be surprised how much of a gift to people that can be.
“Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.” – Dr Seuss
‘Escape to everywhere’ is this year’s Children’s Book Week motto, a phrase that really encapsulates a child’s imagination. Their mission is to achieve positive social impact by engaging the community, something that truly aligns with us here at Family Clean. Alexander McCall Smith’s The Perfect Hamburger, in all its scrumptious narration, also denotes an underlying tale of corporate greed and the fate of small businesses forced to compete with big chains. The resolution in the end is for the small business to use their secret recipe. Such a parable also resonates with us, here at Family Clean; we want to bring our secret recipe, spreading the goodness, into your home and many more.
“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” – Dr Seuss