| Quote #1
You have brains in your head.
At first, we're full of optimism about all this upcoming decision-making. Sounds fun, right? You can choose whatever you like. As your child sets off into the world, we have no doubts that they'll be able to decide where to go. "YOU" will do it. No fear here!
| Quote #2
You'll look up and down streets. Look 'em over with care.
And you may not find any
One whopping stanza later, your child's confidence remains. There is clear and eager agency in the statement, "I don't choose to go there," nor is there any confusion about whether a street is good or bad. In these familiar territories, your child knows just what to do. Just the kind of confidence one needs to launch an exploration.
| Quote #3
You will come to a place where the streets are not marked.
And IF you go in, should you turn left or right…
Ah, there's the drama we were looking for. Now we see the downside of having too many choices. Your kid is so turned around they can't even figure out if "right-and-three-quarters" is the right amount to turn. There's no one to help in those "darked" windows, either. It's no wonder your kid feels confused and alone.