“What will you be when you grow up?” asked the Mom.
“Hmmm…” the Little girl paused to think and replied, “I will become an artist”. Of course! The little girl loved to draw. Her most favourite thing to do was “drawling” as she called it. Mom smiled.
“What are you going to do when you grow up Mommy?”
Mom did not expect the question. “Um.. I am already grown up”
“No Mommy. What will you do when grow older?”
It occurred to the Mom that the Little girl might have a point. After all she had more years of life and definitely more growing up to; may not be physical, but yes, she was not done yet.
“May be I will become my own boss”. Mom’s response reflected her reality. She had spent the last few years in child care and was just getting back to normal work hours. She had hit 30 and couldn’t wait to get going on her career.
The Little girl did not look convinced. She tilted her head to the right. She does that when she is considering something seriously. “No, Mom. That is not helping others.” Pause. “You should become a doctor and help a lot of people”.
Oh, if only I could frame the look on that Mom’s face! Kids do say the darnest things. And the most darling things.
Yes of course. We do not stop growing once we stop physically growing. And when we do think of growth, the standard measures are a higher position at work or a bigger house or a larger bank balance. Not all of us hold enough compassion in our selves to think about how we help others as we grow. Probably when we stop growing, both physically and as humans, we start becoming more self centered.
Only a child sees things with perfect clarity, because it hasn’t developed all those filters which prevent us from seeing things that we don’t expect to see.”
I believe that this is the reason children exist to make us slow down and see things from time to time. Nature leaves them innocent and cute and uninhibited in hope. Hope that at least some things can change for the better.
As we celebrate autumn festivals across the norther hemisphere, preparing ourselves for the winter, here is a thought for going into hibernation with. Grow. Be. Be useful. Talk to children. They hold the wisdom we were once born with.