The Children

The children have always been walking. Nobody talks about it often enough. Like politics, it is not considered polite dinner conversation. The fact remains though; the children have always been walking.

Not the same ones, of course. That would be ridiculous. That would be like saying that the children are always children, or rather that the children will always remain children. They don’t.

Some meet people, who aren’t walking, and decide to stay a while. Some just don’t want to walk anymore, they get tired of all the walking and choose to give up on it. Some simply grow old and stop walking.

Why? What is the need for all of this walking? How is it that none of these children’s parents have any problem with the incessant walking? These are all important questions. “Why?” is the most important of these questions as it allows for the most interpretation. With that, it has the possibility of being answered in more ways, and possibly one of these ways might be correct — not that anybody would know.

If somebody asked, “What is the need for all of this walking?” people would not know and just say so. Some people who think themselves clever might say something about where the walking is leading to or leading from. Even those that truly are clever would have to limit their answers to being about walking, presuming that the walking is necessary, and also the inherent belief held within the question that would lead one to believe that the walking is not altogether a good thing.

If somebody asked, “How is it that none of these children’s parents have any problem with the incessant walking?” the answers would be even more limited. Some parents are walking with the children. Others may at times be too self-absorbed and simply not realize that their own children are walking. Others still may know about the walking and realize that they grew out of it and most likely their children would as well. This question continues to play on the inherent belief that the one asking the question believes the walking to be not altogether a good thing. It asks about specific people in regards to other specific people. The person presenting the question would also be partially wrong — some of these children’s parents do in fact have a problem with the walking, and are at times able to stop their children.

The more that is put into a question is often assumed to help with the directing of answers. This is of course true, but in the case of the walking no direction is needed. The more is not always the merrier, but as far as answers are concerned it is.

If somebody asked, “Why?” and left it at that there would be as minimal amount of limiting as could be hoped for. If the topic of the walking was already raised, rare as that may be, the answers could just begin to flood in. Peoples personal thoughts on the “Why?”, people trying to remember a time when they were walking and recounting their own personal “Why?” answers. Some people may just think the questioner to be simple and in need of more education than they can provide, these people are arrogant and their answers would more-than-likely sound intelligent while lacking any true worth to the discussion at hand.

“Why?” is not a simple persons question. “When?”, “Where?”, and “What?” are all simple questions. If they dwell in a valley, “How?” lives atop a mountain, and “Why?” exists among the stars high above the others.

The children have always been walking. This is of course very important — it would not continue to be repeated if it were not. Furthermore, it is important to know certain things about their walking; certain answers to some of the questions that have been mentioned.

The children are definitely walking towards something. They do not always know what that something is, though they definitely have more of an idea than the people that are not walking. They are often, but not always, walking away from something (when they are they most likely know from what). The children who walk in groups will often walk with the same people for their entire lives. The children, however, who walk alone will often stop their journey very quickly. Once children stop walking they are able to begin to walk again, though it is difficult for most.

Walking is the right choice to make. Children do not at first make the choice to walk. They begin walking long before they know that’s what it is they are doing. Once they understand they are walking all of these questions will arise within themselves and they will continue to walk long enough to answer them. Once answered they have a very vital decision to make; whether or not to continue walking.

If they do not continue walking at this point it is most often because they assume their time of walking has run its course and now that they understand, they no longer feel a need for the journey. If they decide to venture forward, it is either that they want to ask these questions of themselves more and more or because they like the questions more than the answers — the journey more than the destination.

The children have always been walking. Children will continue to walk forever, they have to, they are unable not to. Not the same children of course. Some continue into their early adulthood, some further, some walk until the journey is completed. The children know nothing yet — they are children. So they will walk.