“I bet these roads get tired from all the cars driving on them,” I hear from the back seat.  Matthew, always concerned with the feelings of others, is now anthropomorphizing the road.

I never gave my children a set foundation as far as philosophical and religious beliefs go.  I have faith they will find their way.  I believe religion to be a personal journey.  I have not really got the right to instill anything I am in question of upon my children, although we have gone to church.

Matthew is deeply empathetic.  He also feels deeply connected to objects, which is an Autism trait.  He thinks everything has a language, as well as a sound.   He feels it all holds memories, living memories.  I really am not sure I can completely disagree with him.

Animism is more of a thought process from cosmological religions than from the transcendental beliefs.  It is an ancient thought.  Indigenous tribes have held fast to these beliefs for many centuries.  I think it creates a deep sense of oneness with all that exists around you, and, in the case of Matthew’s beliefs, it personifies the entire world as one moving body.

It is really an interesting concept, with all that is known about plants now.  Trees make a sound when they need water.  We know certain types of music helps plants grow.  We are constantly in a state of learning all kinds of things about all that is around us.

Now, I am not in agreement completely with Matthew about Animism.  I do, however, support any belief he has that makes him feel connected to the world around him, especially after so long a period of disconnect.   This is a spiritual belief he has.  He is finally thinking in an abstract way.  That is all something I am very proud of.

I  think his Hot Wheels are proud, as well.