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Saturday, November 13, 2010

Througn child's eyes

There was a big hullabaloo months ago about one of the presenters on a kids show. Many parents has written a complaint to the management of the show regarding the said presenter on a ground that she is scaring the kids. How? Well, you see she is a lady with one arm amputated ( or born that way) below the elbow. I didn't read about it on the paper until after a week when all the commotion is at its peak.

I , personally, find it vile that because a person is with disability- which by the way does not affect nor hinder her doing a job like any two armed person can - is treated maliciously. So, as a litmus test i asked my then 6 years old daughter who regularly watched the said show point blank if she finds the lady scary - without going into details. She said ... "No, mum. Actually, she is very lovely and funny". I rest my case. Good news is, common sense prevail. She's still on the telly and bringing smile on my kid's face.


Children will mirror the behavior they see around them and unknowingly act on it. An apple will never fall that far from its tree , as the old adage goes. They look up to us, copy us and hopefully grow to be a better person that us. There is no such thing as bad, bigot or a racist child. Those are behavior we acquired as we grow - a result of constant contact with people around us who has those inclinations. It requires a whole village to raise a child and i strongly believed that to be true. A child sees the world around him differently than we, adults, do. I remembered an incident quite recently that i felt embarrassed about. My little one and i were watching a comedy on the telly when she asked - referring to the two guys on the lead - " Mum, who do you think is funnier?" I replied, " The black one". ( Pardon the used of words , I do apologize in advance if some of you finds it offensive). " Yeah, but who, they both have black hair". Needless to say, one of them is African American. The point is, she sees beyond barriers of cultural differences. Sometimes, in life, we do learn from our children. I do learn from mine, everyday.

Know what? It actually made me realized how beautiful this world will be if only we see it through child's eyes and live it with childlike innocence.

7 comments:

  1. The problem is we have lost the eyes of a child.

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  2. A very nice post, Eng. A good reminder for adults -- not to lose the eye of the child in us.

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  3. i hope I gain my child's eyes. lovely post Eng.

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  4. very true, what an inspiring post Eng!

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  5. "how beautiful this world will be if only we see it through child's eyes and live it with childlike innocence"....very well said Esmeralda Odette...Ysa is such a good girl because she has you for a mom...

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  6. i hope we can still have not only the eyes of a child but also the heart of a child....

    so inspiring Engtot...

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  7. Often times I too wish that I could see things through the eyes of a child ...Thank you for sharing to us this extremely beautiful piece sis...God bless!!!

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