Children are so adorable. Despite their small size and young age, little experience, and limited knowledge they may surprise you how smart they can be! Some of their remarks are really incredible. I believe that we can learn a lot from them. Often we see things differently than they do. I think it would be actually beneficial if at times we learn something from them. It is not always the case that we are the ones to teach them things. Things those are clear to us, are often not at all understandable to them. But sometimes they see things clearer than we do. Parents or those who often spend time with children, I am sure they can agree with me. A short time ago I was talking with the son of my friend, who was 8 at the time. He asked me what one having a job in marketing does. Oh!
I had to take some time to think as I tried to find a simple way to explain him. I was sure that he was too young to understand. Cautiously I started step by step. I explained him about advertising. He asked me immediately how much does it cost to play an ad on TV. I told him an approximate figure. From the beginning, I was sure that I wouldn’t be able to make him understand. But I was surprised to see that we had a fruitful and rewarding conversation. He doesn’t have yet a precise perception of the monetary value, but it was clear to him that it was the high amount. He told me that having come to know the high price per second to have an ad on TV, now he understood why the ad for some toy that he loved wasn’t played longer. And, he also immediately commented: “Now I know also why they talk so fast at the end of the commercial for a medicine. It is hard to understand what they are saying”! I was really impressed. For a child of his age who seems to be more interested in playing games, watching children TV and playing with his friends, I really didn’t expect to have this kind of knowledgeable comment. I didn’t think at all that he wasn’t smart. I just didn’t expect a child would come up with that kind of conclusion. Wow! He left me without words. Well done, little guy!
Today my friend told me about the trip she had planned with her family, together with her 5 years old son. They were accommodated in a hotel that was fully suitable for children. The moment they entered the hotel they saw that in every corner of it, it had games and places for children’s entertainment. Her son was thrilled. It was like a children’s paradise. He enjoyed everything the whole day. He was constantly saying “This is so cool!” That was as well the last thing he said prior falling asleep that night. Unfortunately, the little guy had some tummy problems so they had to interrupt the vacation. The parents promised their son to return to that hotel the moment he would get better. A few days later, my friend asked him “Son, when do you want to go again to that cool hotel?” To her surprise his answer was “Well mom, I am not sure if I want to go there again” She wanted to know the reason and, she didn’t expect the answer that followed: “There was too much white everywhere”. Confused with the answer, she continued questioning him until when he said “Mom, the walls were too white. I liked there but there was too much white.” Impressing, right? And, he was only 5!. The hotel should definitely consider painting their walls if they want to see him again.:-)
This kind of stories is infinite. And, they are all real. They make you laugh, they touch your heart, and often they make you say WOW. I am sure you have at least a dozen to share. We should never underestimate the children. They are impressively smart, comprehensive, and with a special view of seeing the world around. They are little and inexperienced but they are so innocent, honest, and full of imagination that, surprisingly, we could learn from them often. What I suggest everyone is to write down all the funny and smart remarks their children make. I do believe that when they will grow older, they would really like to hear about them. Parents won’t be able to remember everything. But the words written down will wait there safely for children to relish. These are the two stories that I wrote down, the rest is on you mums and dads:-)
"How is it
that everything must
begin and end with you?
There you are,
perfuming the world with your scent.
Have you made a deal
with the moon so that you can linger
when she tapers off?
And what about the wind?
Even when he has been scolded
and is sitting in a corner, there you are,
my calm before the storm.
Despite the inevitable destruction
and my ruin, there you are again,
my calm after the storm.
I really must know:
'How is it
that there was never you
until there was
and then all was you?“
- Kamand Kojouri
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