“A righteous man is cautious in friendship, but the way of the wicked leads them astray.” ~ Proverbs 12:26
According to New York Daily News, researchers have identified 25 “must know” words for all two-year olds. As the mother of a not-quite-yet-twenty-month old, I read this list with great interest, to see how my kiddo stacks up.
The good news is, he has almost all the words on the list – with some notable exchanges.
No, that isn’t a typo. I didn’t mean exceptions; I meant exchanges. For example, dog and cat are on the list. We don’t have any pets. However, we do have my late husband’s hunting trophies mounted on the walls of our library. So my son can quickly identify “bear,” “duck,” and, thanks to my in-laws, “elk” (antelope has proven to be a bit difficult so far). Likewise, cookie was on the list. Well, my son has a stingy mom who doesn’t really let him have cookies too often, but he will ask for crackers all day long.
It made me think about all the ways our environment influences us. My son’s world has already – at a very young age – had an impact on his vocabulary and the things he can identify. He doesn’t have much of a choice in his surroundings, but as an adult, I do.
Who I choose to surround myself with will likewise have a great impact on the things that influence me. As this verse in Proverbs reminds us, it is wise to be cautious in friendship. Caution leads to positive choices, while being hasty allows for room to be led astray, because we haven’t truly given our decisions much thought.
So be aware of who it is you are surrounding yourself with. It will have a great deal of impact on who you are.