The stuff has colour, shape and size. Everything has a word, so we can compare and contrast stuff.
The stuff does stuff; it moves and changes, in different ways and at different times. All that stuff has words too.
Sometimes, the stuff does stuff to other stuff, so we need to know some more stuff about the stuff so we can explain to each other what we know and think about the stuff.
Knowing enough stuff can be tough; there seems to be so much more stuff to learn.
Thinking about and remembering stuff can be hard if other stuff comes along to think about.
The world’s a big place and there’s just so much stuff.
There’s a need to make sense of the stuff, so that life makes sense.
The way you see and understand stuff may be different from the way I see and understand stuff.
So I have to share stuff using the names, colours, sizes and shapes, and the movement words and the words that show how stuff does stuff to other stuff.
You have to be able to share the stuff you know with me, then I know when to introduce other stuff.
Because, with the world being so big and stuff being discovered all the time, neither of us will ever really know enough stuff, or all the stuff.
We have to live each day with the stuff that we think we know, using that stuff to communicate with others, picking up little bits of new stuff to mull over and store, so that, from time to time, our heads are just stuffed full of stuff and we can feel challenged.
But the stuff settles and takes a form and the organisation of the words begins to overtake the nebulous nature of the stuff, so the detail becomes clearer and our communication is enhanced, to a point where we can hold detailed conversations with people, who have insights and ideas to share.
We can become learning partners, with others with expertise leading the way, coaching to need, as they spot the anomalies in thinking or understanding.
We become thinkers in our own right, able to operate independently of others.
As thinking beings, we know there is always something to learn.
For Jemima and Alfie, who are starting the journey.
In the meantime, we start at the beginning.
Everything with four legs, fur, a nose and a tail is a “Ca..”, so that will have to do for now, and we’ll keep talking about stuff, because, if we stop talking, even if we are sure it doesn’t yet make sense. We hope it will do in time, but without it, you won’t have the words to share with us when you can.
Really learning stuff takes time and effort from many people and one lifetime won’t ever be long enough for anyone.