Gather around, my darlings, It's the last day of the week, and we've got a very important lesson to learn. So look sharp about you. In your book, La Niña, R is for Razor, an implement that Dadda uses to shave, and one that, because of its sharp edges, holds a strange fascination for both of you. Take it from me, you're not touching the razor until you're old enough to be trusted to handle it right. We need to be sure that you can handle that razor with Responsibility, the R in my book.
We all live on the razor's edge in a number of ways, and it is up to us to show that we can be responsible. Right now, you're both young, so the only things I'd like you to be responsible for are your own playthings. Keep them in the right place. Avoid leaving them strewn about all over the floor. We don't want anyone to fall over those toys, do we? If we're not careful and responsible, our actions could have disastrous consequences for others. As you grow older, I'd be happy if you begin to display a sense of responsibility towards things that you share with others. Don't deface your desks or trash school or public property. Dissuade others from doing so, even if it makes you less popular. Treat unclaimed things with the same sensitivity. Respect other people's property, and their claims, just as you would want them to respect yours. Your proud mamma will be proudest of you when you learn to be responsible for yourself, when you steer clear of the temptation to blame other people or circumstances, fate or providence, for your misfortunes and failures. If you do something wrong, own it. Apologise and set out to set things right as best as you can.
My wish for you is that you may take responsibility for yourself. The niña/niño in the mirror is the only person whose actions and attitudes you can control. You don't have that kind of hold over anyone else in the world. One more thing: don't ever try to shirk or run away from your responsibilities. I have learned in life that if you strive to do your best by your responsibilities, they will define you and give meaning to your life. Responsibility makes so many demands on us. But don't worry too much just yet. When you're ready to fly, the wings will come. That's all for today. We won't meet here tomorrow. A little rest will give us renewed strength for our lessons next week, don't you think? Besides, we've earned our rest by our exertions this week. I'll see you on Monday. Lots of love, Mamma