A couple of days ago, I was going about my household chores, when I opened a door, and it knocked down my 3 year old who was playing behind it (Don’t worry it wasn’t a big fall, and the floor is carpeted). It was an unusual spot for him to play, so I was not expecting him to be there. This was the conversation that followed:
D (extremely upset) : Mom, you made me fall down. Say sorry to me.
Me (slightly taken aback) : Oh, did you get hurt? I din’t realize that you were playing there.
D (impatient now) : Mom, Can you just say sorry? So that I can say ‘It’s okay’ and we can be friends again?
Me (without further ado) : I am sorry, D.
D (grinning happily) : It’s okay. I love you.
This is a frequent occurrence at our place. D is prompt to say sorry, sometimes out of his own volition, and always when asked nicely (though we can never intimidate one out of him). He expects the same out of us. He is equally generous with his ‘It’s okays’. The times that his sorry doesn’t get a quick and happy ‘It’s okay’ in response, he gets rather confused.
Life is simple for him. People make mistakes. They say ‘Sorry’. The others say ‘It’s Okay’. They live happily ever after. No ego clashes. No grudges. No resentments.
The above conversation made me think about how as we grow up, we kind of lose touch with the simplicity of our childhood. Sometimes, it helps to see the world through the eyes of our children. In their world, everything is beautiful and exciting, letting go is easy, and being happy is important.
As I raise a child of my own, I realize the truth in the saying “As much as the mother shapes the child, the child shapes the mom”. Our innocent little young ones have much to teach, as long as we are open to learn. Don’t you agree?
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