Those who help a child help humanity with an immediateness which no other help given to human creature in any other stage of human life can possibly give again.
The real joy of life is in its play. Play is anything we do for the joy and love of doing it, apart from any profit, compulsion, or sense of duty. It is the real living of life with the feeling of freedom and self-expression. Play is the business of childhood, and its continuation in later years is the prolongation of youth.
-- Walter Rauschenbach
Children need love, especially when they do not deserve it.
-- Harold Hulbert
When there is not love for a child to remember,
Then there is nothing for the child to remember except the hate.
--- Roger Dean Kiser
The hearts of small children are delicate organs. A cruel beginning in this world can twist them into curious shapes. The heart of a hurt child can shrink so that forever afterward it is hard and pitted as the seed of a peach. Or, again, the heart of such a child may fester and swell until it is misery to carry within the body, easily chafed and hurt by the most ordinary things.
-- Carson Smith McCullers
It is not the physical pain that endangers orphans the most. It is the mental pain caused by stress from years and years of being neglected, pushed aside, disregarded, unloved, and made to feel undeserving, and in almost all cases, made to feel like a possession rather than an equal human being. Even more it is the lack of unconditional love
, the right to be accepted, as a child and to be loved, as a child, no matter what you do is the most wounding.
-- Roger Dean Kiser, from Orphan - A true Story of Abandonment, Abuse and Redemption.
much love, light and laughter,
*~ Scatter Joy
~* - Emerson