I was chatting with my sister-in-law on facebook this morning. She informed me that my 8-year-old niece, Mary Adeline (pictured above), reads my blog, and that "she's got some Auntie Colleen in her blood." Apparently Miss Mary has informed her uncle - who hunts animals and has his stuffed kills positioned in various places around his house - that she does not like hunting or the stuffed birds and that it makes their house look "gross." Amen to that, my little darlin'!!!!
The conversation got me thinking about children and their natural innocence and compassion toward animals. It's such an innate and beautiful thing. And then I started thinking about how we lose that as we get older because we are taught to accept certain institutions (like eating animals). It's sad to me that we are looked upon as strange or different when we question those institutions or stand up and say that we disagree with establishment. Anyway, I just wanted to say that I hope my niece will always maintain that compassion toward animals, that she will always be encouraged to question things, and that she will always have the courage to take a stand in the world for the things that she believes in. I hope that in some small way my choices in life will provide an example for her that she can look to.
Thank you for all you do for animals!