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"Why?"

May 26,2009
Talia's Blog
Talia Rivera

Talia Rivera is a 33-year-old mother of two. As Executive Director of Villages without Walls, she works with high-risk gang members in Boston. [Read more]

My three-year-old niece sat in the back seat as I drove home. I was looking forward to spending the weekend with her. "What is that noise?" she asked. "What noise?" "It sounds like thunder." "What is that building?" she asked. "That is where your Mommy goes to college." "What is the building doing?" "Nothing. It’s closed." "Why is it closed?" "It’s Saturday." I tried explaining to her the difference between a week day and a weekend. "Why is it the weekend?" she asked. "I don’t know," I said, giving up. "Auntie Talia?" "Yes?" "Why don’t you know?" There are traits, like inquisitiveness, that adults have lost along the way. When was the last time you asked, "Why?" The next time, I am going to ask, "Why?"