The Four Children

We are always proud, forever speaking of the wise one, the wise child.

What about the bad one (recalling, of course, Father Flanagan’s “There’s no such thing as a bad kid”)? If we have none of those, why are so many rabbis making rounds in the Big Houses across our fair land?
Who are these ghosts in the minimum, medium, and maximum prisons? Figments? (We had our Uncle Simcha who hid out with Grandpa for a few weeks. I think it was Prohibition and he was mixed up with some,
shall we say, undesirable fellows.)

Now comes the hard part, the special two – “simple” and “unable-to-ask.”

You may say “simple” means “nice” or “easygoing”, the kid who likes everything, is happy, and makes no demands. It’s the one you refer to
now that he or she is grown up when you say, “Joe (or Nancy) was an easy child.” All right, then — that’s three out of four.

But that still leaves “the one who doesn’t know how to ask”.
I think the pictures in the Haggadah are wrong, painting children so small.

They shift; they mislead. It doesn’t mean: “so young they can’t formulate the words.”

It means….We know what it means.

And if we just say it, with the pride of the first,
maybe this year more can come out of their hiding places.

About the Author
Danny Siegel is a well-known author, lecturer, and poet who has spoken in more than 500 North American Jewish communities on Tzedakah and Jewish values, besides reading from his own poetry. He is the author of 29 1/2 books on such topics as Mitzvah heroism practical and personalized Tzedakah, and Talmudic quotes about living the Jewish life well. Siegel has been referred to as "The World's Greatest Expert on Microphilanthropy", "The Pied Piper of Tzedakah", "A Pioneer Of Tzedakah", and "The Most Famous Unknown Jewish Poet in America."
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