“But, Mumma, I want to eat it!”
Hama-Guri’s mother was reaching her point of exasperation. Her son was, in general, a thinking and an understanding boy. So, seeing him demand all kinds of junk food for the past few weeks and having a melt down when she did not succumb to it, was both worrying and irritating for her.
Getting a grip over her temper, she cleared her throat and tried to explain to him yet again. “I know Hama that those burgers look yummy but you cannot have them so often. I did allow you to have it a week ago.”
“I need money Mumma.” Hama-Guri said, a little impatiently.
“I have heard that quite a few times since morning, dear. But you have not told me why.”
His mother knew that her child had his reasons. But she wanted to know what it was. In fact, she did not mind giving him a little pocket money when he helped her with some chore in the house. But this sudden demand of his for money that he wanted to take to school sounded a little fishy.
“I can’t tell you Mumma.” Hama replied, just before he put a spoonful of porridge into his mouth.
She looked at him surprised. He had never said such a thing before. Why was he hiding? Rather, what was he hiding?
The increasing importance of this age-old practice in the current context of education
For all those who have been in close contact kids, the sight of a dreamy child, staring out of the window, weaving tales of his own fancy, is very common. And for those of us who remember our own childhood well, this is something each one of us, too, did at least once in our lives. Don’t shake your head, you did it too!
Stories capture the boundless imagination of the human brain in the most vivid manner possible, with a myriad shades adorning the canvas of the mind. They have the power to captivate listeners and set their minds free to visualise and paint a picture that suit their fantasy. And children’s minds are clean slates, eager to experience the world and its many hues, and stories get etched in their minds for a very long time.