It is Sunday noon, my son, Rudra, who is just an eight year old kid, is busy with his drawing book. I always spent my Sunday with my files to finish all my pending work, finally got free time today, after a busy month. With all curiosity to learn Rudra’s choice, I went to his room, with a piece of cashew and a orange, and asked him, “what would you like to have, a juicy orange, or a nutritious cashew”.
He looked at me with a smile and then glanced at both cashew and orange for a moment, and replied suddenly with a radiant look , “I want orange, dad”.
“Oh, so, my son loves oranges”, I replied.
He looked at me, ran toward me and said by snatching orange from my hands ,” No, its because big are always good”.
I was surprised with his answer and before I could explain him that, his this concept is not appropriate to chose among the choices available, he just ran away from there to play badminton with his just arrived friend.
(Two weeks later)
I went to rudra him as usual, to wish him good night with a kiss. But as unusual, Rudra was busy with his notebook, and was revising all his studies for his history exam. I asked him, “so, my dear son, how is your preparation for exams”.
“All good dad, I have done most of it. Just few long answers are left.” he replied
‘Long answers’, reminded me of that sunday noon, and I thought of taking it an example to explain him that big is not always good.
“so, now you notice that , short answers are the one ,which you are liking, so big are not always good”. I said to him, with gazing looks.
“No dad, what matters is amount of study I have done, what I have left is few, and what I have studied is large enough to score me good marks.” he replied instantly, and wished me good night with a kiss.
This reply left me astonished, and, that day I understood its not easy to make a child understand against his wish,. I returned to my room, and looked at rudra’s mom, with a thanksgiving feeling that only a mother can be patient to understand the child and guide him when he is actually willing to.