I have heard it said that our children are our greatest teachers. I’m not sure if that’s always true, I would like to believe I know more now than I did as a kid- so doesn’t that make me the teacher, rather than the student? Still, I have to concede, sometimes the exceptional happens, and a child comes along that does teach you. And when that happens it is both humbling and inspiring. Ruarc Alexander Farah, 5 years old, and my son, has appointed himself as my teacher and I have become his grateful pupil. Before I share five lessons he has taught me, I would like to tell you a story about the knowledge we are born with and then later forget. The Story A little boy of 4 years old found out that his mother was pregnant. His parents made a big fuss about it and wanted him to bond with the unborn baby as soon as possible. The little boy did not seem adverse to this idea, and along with his parents shared a keen anticipation for the big day. He asked his parents one favour. When mother and baby returned from the hospital he would like a private audience with the newborn child. And when the time indeed arrived and mother and baby came home, he reminded his parents of this request which they had promised to grant. He wanted to speak to the baby alone. His parent agreed, but with the best of intentions could not resist listening intently at the slightly ajar door, to what the little boy would say to the newborn infant. The young boy approached his younger sibling and standing next to her cradle he spoke. ‘Please can you tell me what you are here for?’ he asked. ‘I know I was born with a purpose, but have forgotten what it was. Please can you remind me? Seeing as it is you first day here I know you cannot have forgotten yet.’ What do you think? It’s a sweet story isn’t it? And I think it conveys a real human truth ‘ for my part, I knew on a deeper and more intuitive level, many things as a young boy which today I have to work hard at remembering and frequently relearning. Anyway with that to the lessons, not all of which are necessarily to the young man’s advantage.