My sister lives in Delhi and we visit each other often. Pahal has visited her younger sister twice already and we are going to meet her again next week.
It filled me with joy to see Pahal so enthusiastic about her younger cousin sister but her over-excitement also began to trouble me. She flooded me with questions like – has the young girl started talking, when will she walk, when can she come and stay at our home, etc.
And the worst part is that every morning Pahal would ask me , ‘mumma, has the young baby started walking?’ How do I explain to my five year old that walking takes years and not days!
To calm her a bit, I asked Pahal to draw a card for the young baby.
Pahal is quite fond of painting and there she sat down, with her papers, pens and colors.
|Our newest bundle of joy|
One peculiar thing was that this time she didn’t ask me the spelling of any word. When I tried to help her with words, she insisted on ‘writing the words by herself.’
‘I am making a greeting card for my sister, Mumma. I will write it on my own’, she pat replied when I suggested her a line or two about the young baby.
Finally, after about half an hour, this is what Pahal came up with.
|Best Byb In The Vld – as written by a five year old|
|I am still smiling at her little brain that suggested her to write baby as ‘by-b’ and world as ‘vld’|
She wanted to give her a greeting card that said, ‘best baby in the world’ so she wrote it in her own words and vocabulary that is devoid of vowels!
She wrote – ‘BEST BYB IN THE VLD’. Initially, the sentence didn’t make any sense to me. I wondered what BY B IN meant! Since all the alphabets in these two words were equi-distant. But it didn’t take me long to realize that she meant BABY by BYB and WORLD by VLD.
Not only by the wise and condensed use of the words, I am also amazed at the thought that has gone in the making of this greeting card.
We, the adults, take so much time to compliment others. To label someone else as the best but the kids are no short of kindness. They do not need a push to praise others.
When kids embrace somebody, they do so wholeheartedly.
Pahal also made a painting for the new born that she would give to her as a ‘birth’ present.
|(She drew a flower and then painted the rest of the paper in different strokes)|
Call me biased, irrational or an overly doting parent, but I do believe this is the most adorable thing I have seen in recent times.
Pahal wrote ‘best baby in the world’ and she did so in her own, innocuous, sweet and kind style. And she also made me ponder that maybe we do not need these many vowels! Ha ha.
Kids are the best!