IF ...

If I can
ask my own questions,
try out my ideas,
experience what's around me,
share what I find;

If I have
plenty of time for
my special pace,
a nourishing space,
things to transform;

If you'll be
my patient friend,
my trusted guide,
fellow investigator,
partner in learning;

Then I will
explore the world,
discover my voice
and tell you what I know
in a hundred languages.

This poem was written by Pamela Houk with valuabel suggestions from Lella Gandini and the late Loris Malaguzzi.