Monday, February 08, 2010

Things We Tell Kids

I read a forward that had notes for God from little kids. There was this one that said -

"Dear God,
Today in school, we read that Thomas Edison invented the light bulb...but we were told in Sunday School at church, that you made light. I think he stole your idea!

It took me back to my childhood. I was, an irritatingly inquisitive child from what I remember and what my parents tell me. Something happened though that made me stop asking questions as often...well, up until recently. Now, I seem to be questioning everything and the funny thing is, it's the questions I had asked then, that had been satisfactorily answered, that I seem to be raising again!
Anyways, thinking about my childhood, made me wonder about the kid who'd written the note. He's been satisfied by a very convincing answer hasn't he? He'll never wonder about how light came about anymore.
I am saddened by the fact that we consider kids to be incapable of handling complex reasoning skills and quash their questions with such satisfying ease! I wish we'd be a little more patient and respectful of the little critters. Maybe we'd have more intelligence that ways...


Ria said...

nice one!!and i quite agree with what u said...somewhere v do stop kids from thinking when they actually can. :)

cute n confused said...


Tyro said...

Very cute read.


Sneha said...

Couldn't agree more on this...

Nice post.:)

Bluebutterfly said...

Haha... I had the same habit.. I would keep on asking.. I think we lost that habit somewhere during school; when we were busy parroting.

Mulling Over My Thoughts said...

@Ria:> Yup!

@Cutey:> :)

@Tyro:> Thank you! But cute??? Damn...I was hoping it'd be associated with adjectives like 'intellectually stimulating' Ah well, back to the drawing board!

@Sneha:> :)

@Kriti:> I was never busy parroting...could never get myself to even try it! I just shut up when people seemed to hold illogical answers and the books seemed to mundane to keep up with my inquisitivity. I opted for purity of thought and cut-off all pointless dealings with lesser mortals.