Do you have a car?” He asked

I paused, looking at his happy face and the wide smile that exposed his teeth of which two were missing. He is smart and five. I knew I had to answer the question intelligently. “Oh! No, I don’t have a car.” Then, I saw his face which was almost invaded by disappointment. “But…” I continued, “Just like your mom and dad, mine has cars.” He took a deep breathe, it was dramatic.

Battle line was drawn!

Children are unpredictable. You never know what inconsistency they’re going to catch you in next.
-Franklin P. Jones

He stood up, stared at me and said; “I can’t believe you have a daddy!” I knew it was a trap, the beginning of a heated debate and that was his opening speech. I pushed down my glasses and fixed my eyes on him. “Why?” I asked. He laughed, covering his face and turned back to me with a straight face. “He’s not going to answer, is he? “ I wondered. Well, I continued; “Yes, I have a father and a mother”. Immediately, he took off! “Wait, but my mommy doesn’t have a daddy and mommy.” To settle everything, I posed a question to him; “And you do have grandparents, how come?” “Oh man! Listen, my mommy has grandparents; she doesn’t have mommy and daddy.” He answered with super full confidence level. My question had only complicated things. However, I was interested in knowing the reasons behind his view. I said to him; “You are saying that for an unclear reason, I know”. With both of his hands, he slapped his face and making the urrrrgggghhhhh sound, he shouted; “My grandma is not old but old and my grandpa uses a walking stick, how can they be my mommy’s parents? No! They are her grandparents.

“You can learn many things from children. How much patience you have, for instance”
-Franklin P. Jones

It was easy bottling up my laughter, maybe because I was confused on whether to laugh at his words or his drama. Nevertheless, I admired his courage and most importantly he reminded me of beautiful creatures like him with great things yet unsaid. He lifted my spirit and stopped my search for inspiration; it was right before me.

The little drops of AWESOMENESS

I speak of God’s heritage, I speak of nation’s most precious resources, I speak of the future, I speak of joy bundled in human form, I speak of priceless jewels waiting to take over the world and I speak of CHILDREN.

“Every child comes with the message that God is not yet discouraged of man.”
-Rabindranath Tagore

They are high spirited though that may cost your privacy.
They speak without sifting their words though some may hurt you.
They listen to you though they understand more of your actions.

Nonetheless, after our little yet heated debate, I kept looking at him and couldn’t rub off the smile which was stamped on my face.

I admire the child he is today and I am stunned imagining the man he would be tomorrow.
I pray for the best people around him.

Children are the reflection of who they will be in future! They are like fine clay waiting to take the shape of what the porter has destined them to be. They go through Pinch, Coil and Slab methods. These are life experiences guiding them.

Half if not more of who you are today was inspired by the actions of people around you, those who left great footprint and those who left lessons. Now, it is your turn!

“It is easier to build strong children than repair broken men”
-Ferderick Douglass

Written by Umahi Uju Vicky
Talking about myself welcomes me into the world of confusion, I mean, how else can I say that I am a passionate volunteer, a flexible teacher, a life loving blogger and Umahi Obianujunwa Victoria!