from Pantperthog to Knockando

Monday, March 07, 2011

City boys and stars

I've been on a youth weekend this past weekend with some kids from quite deprived backgrounds. The way they see things can be quite illuminating. There's a lack of basic life experience that you become aware of at unexpected times.

(We have kids from rather well-off backgrounds too, but that's a different challenge.)


On the first night out on the Gower peninsular we took them on a blindfolded 'trust walk' into the dunes, then on top of the highest dunes told them to take off their blindfolds and look up. The starshow was specatacular - one of the clearest nights I've ever seen in Britain. It was wondrous.

One of the kids, though, turned to the leaders and said: "Those can't all be stars. There are too many of them."

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