Children and their abilities to question are legendary. Coming from a clean slate, an inherent curiosity to know more and just be present in the moment.
Amongst the kids of friends and family, many questions abound. And some stay with me. More in that moment as their parents struggled for answers. Here are a few recollections.
- ‘Why do you have to stand straight ? Can you just crawl around ?’
- ‘Who invented walking ?’
- ‘Papa, why don’t you wear a blue cloth on your head like that man ? ( Pointing to Manmohan Singh)’
- Upon seeing a Korean Air plane, which is blue in colour : ” That is the only plane that flies in the sky”.
- Papa, do you really work when you go to office or sleep like you do on Sundays ?
- Mamma, ( looking at slum children ) can i play with them ? Why not ?
- Uncle, are you the one from office, that my dad complains to my mom about daily ?
- ( After watching Animal planet ) Animals are wonderful. So much better than my school teacher. Isnt it ma ?
- If the rose can be red in colour, and it so good, why cant everything be red in colour ?
- If i will be big one day, there will be somebody small also ? I need to teach somebody like you are teaching me.
- After watching Discovery Channel : “If all people are the same, why do we have to fight ?”
- Watching a news telecast : ‘These people have no other work’
- Upon being asked what his name was : ‘You are the 10th person asking my name today. Please ask that uncle in that green T-shirt’.
- Mamma, if God invented the world, he invented ice-cream also ? Are you sure, God invented vegetables also ?
Children and their questions / statements have always promised a hope for the future. That things indeed will be different. And to date, that’s a promise that never fades. At least as long as us adults don’t interfere ! That is !
Here’s to a great year of education ! And the next time he or she, comes up with a question, no matter how silly, no matter how odd. Perhaps its important to note that many answers to his or her future stays pregnant in the questions themselves !
And of course, one last question asked by a certain R. The mother had no answer. Can somebody help her.
“Why do girls sit and do ‘su-su’ and boys have to stand and do ‘su-su’ ?” [ ‘Su-su’, is accepted child / adult speak for pee ]
This post concludes the three post series on the kids world of today