One bed canopy, four munchkins, and a huge stack of books:
I snuck in quickly to take a photo, not wanting to disturb them or make them suddenly self-aware. There was no need, it turns out. I crept closer and closer and not once did any of them glance up at me; they were far too engrossed in their "reading" to notice the mamarazzi in the room.
I love this little cocoon of early childhood. I hope to keep my chicklets there until they're really ready to climb out, which is much later than our culture would have it, unfortunately. I've had this on my mind lately as my book club just discussed Rudolf Steiner's The Education of the Child last weekend. Steiner believed in protecting children from the adult world and keeping their lives slow, calm, and peaceful. I can't imagine a better way to ease these little beings into life, but it seems that it sometimes takes a strong will and a desire to question our current norms in order to actually achieve this.