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Second Innocence by John B. Izzo

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3 Reclaiming What We Left Behind

This is not a book about recapturing one’s childhood, nor is second innocence about becoming a child wonder. We may think of children as being innocent, but the experience of innocence is a way of being, a chosen state of mind—and one that can be experienced at any stage of life.

One of the things our own childhood can teach is to help us remember the things that naturally animate our souls. Anyone who is a parent knows that each child, even when raised by the same parents, has his or her own style, a way of being in the world that is unique. Sometimes we will even say things such as “It is hard to believe that those two came from the same parents.” Mothers often sense the differing temperaments of their ...

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