Slow Down - A letter to my 5 & 2 year olds

Conversations with the five year old have become more thought provoking these days. From the innocent questions he asks to the compassion he shows towards everyone and everything, makes me wonder when he grew up. It’s the little things he says and does that can make your heart melt.

The other day he took my makeup kit to play with. He pulled out the eyeshadow and asked me to give him more colors. I explained to him that I had only one for now. And when he asked “why? Is it very expensive?” I replied “Yes.”  After a quick thought he said, “Mamma when I grow up I’ll give you lots of money to buy all colors of eyeshadow for yourself .”  Now I’m sure every child says things like this but when your child says it to you, it makes you thank your blessings.

I love the innocence they see the world with and hope it stays that way for as long as possible. A few weeks back while playing in the garden, his grandma wanted him to distance himself from some older boys who were playing rough. So she called him and told him “Ronav don’t play with those boys, they are being bad” and without pausing for even a breath he replied “Nan, no one in this world is bad, everyone is good.”

He feels for the ‘poor people’ he sees, shows concern towards our help and always always tries to make his little sister laugh when she’s crying, even if her crying is pretend only to trouble him. It is heartwarming to see her idolise him and learn from his innocence and goodness.

There are times I remind myself to slow down, sit back and just watch the two of them interact. Hopefully he will always be this role model to his younger sister (& his mother at times!) and she will continue to idolise it!

“A child can teach an adult three things: to be happy for no reason, to always be busy with something, and to know how to demand with all his might that which he desires.”

― Paulo Coelho


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