The Wonder of a Child’s Perspective

The Wonder of a Child’s Perspective

by Dr. Rebecca Butler
Lantana Pediatrics

This month I decided not to write about what you would usually expect to read from your local pediatrician. I am NOT going to share with you what is recommended in your child’s best interest by the medical community. I am not going to give health maintenance or dietary or disciplinary tips this time.

This month, I want to share one of my favorite readings. It is inspirational and real. It exemplifies what it is I love about being a pediatrician and resembles how blessed I am to have the opportunity to interact with all different kinds of children on a daily basis. I myself have learned many life lessons from the honesty and resiliency of children. Through all of the truths and the pains, what we can take away from the innocence and unadulterated minds of children and apply to our lives is invaluable.



A Dog’s Purpose? From a 6 year old Perspective
Author: Unknown

Being a veterinarian, I had been called to examine a ten-year-old Irish Wolfhound named Belker. The dog’s owners, Ron, his wife Lisa, and their little boy, Shane, were all very attached to Belker, and they were hoping for a miracle. I examined Belker and found he was dying of cancer. I told the family we couldn’t do anything for Belker, and offered to perform the euthanasia procedure for the old dog in their home.

As we made arrangements, Ron and Lisa told me they thought it would be good for six-year-old Shane to observe the procedure. They felt as though Shane might learn something from the experience. The next day, I felt the familiar catch in my throat as Belker’s family surrounded him. Shane seemed so calm, petting the old dog for the last time, that I wondered if he understood what was going on. Within a few minutes, Belker slipped peacefully away.

The little boy seemed to accept Belker’s transition without any difficulty or confusion. We sat together for a while after Belker’s death, wondering aloud about the sad fact that animal lives are shorter than human lives. Shane, who had been listening quietly, piped up, ‘’I know why.’’ Startled, we all turned to him. What
came out of his mouth next stunned me. I’d never heard a more comforting explanation. It has changed the way I try and live.

He said, ‘’People are born so that they can learn how to live a good life — like loving everybody all the time and being nice, right?’’ The six-year-old continued, ‘’Well, dogs already know how to do that, so they don’t have
to stay as long.’’

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