The children in the neighbourhood were playing badminton right under the window of my first floor flat. Nothing unpredictable, that their shuttle cock entered my room through the open window. As I had gone down to get vegetables, they found the flat locked. Since ‘time is precious’, they decided not to waste time in waiting for me, and decided to help themselves. Within no time, the bench kept in the park for senior citizens, was brought. The watchman’s chair was mounted on it, and the tallest boy stood on the chair. A makeshift anchor was ‘created’ and the boy deftly pulled out the shuttle cock. Lo! started the celebrations.
I came back at this point of time and was surprised to see the paraphernalia under my window. When I came to know all that had happened, I reprimanded the children for their act. I was in for a bigger surprise, when a proud parent explained to me how ‘intelligently’ the children planned and executed the entire thing. I was furious and threatened to lodge an FIR as this was a straight case of trespassing. The parents of the children involved, told me to stay calm, as the children had not stolen anything. In fact, I was advised to appreciate their intelligence.
I wonder was I really wrong in my perception! Often I feel outdated, when I get upset seeing underage children driving vehicles. I remember my children did not even learn to drive before they reached eighteen. Have I been unfair to them? Or are my children not as smart as the ones driving on the streets without license?
Often we see children back answering their parents. The parents seem to be appreciating this. The children are certified to be ‘witty’. It is their ‘presence of mind’ that makes them so smart. The toddlers have their own mind. They cant be forced to eat something they do not fancy. Nor can you advise them on what to wear, how to behave etc. If one tries doing anything that they do not like, he/she shall be rewarded with slaps and kicks. After all, the tiny tots know what is good for them.
Are we laying a good foundation for them? I dread to think what type of adults will they make. Often we hear people lamenting the younger lot, for their arrogant attitude. The children are like creepers, if we dont provide them with the right kind of support and direction they are bound to go haywire.