Kids are the most reliable source of absolute and pure joy in this world. They can make you smile, melt your heart, give you belly aches of laughter and provide that positive tonic that would otherwise be missing. They are innocent bundles of happiness that are essentially the anti-humans to today’s adult humans. They are everything that this world does otherwise take away from humans in the process of growing up and living.
I feel happier around my nieces and nephews. All at different ages and stages. From their antics at discovering they can walk to their first words to their little childhood hero obsessions and fantasies. Their imaginations can run wild with creativity. And to top it off today’s kids are much more tech savvy then me and my generation. We didn’t have as many gadgets back then either but still. That adds even more to the variety of antics, questions, discoveries and evolution. And it keeps getting better and better. One is in the midst of learning to walk independently. One is a little ball of infinite energy (MashAllah) and a chatterbox. The eldest is making up jokes and stories and well deciding things on his own pretty much. And then there is his younger sibling who loves his food and is in the phase of forming sentences and on the verge of having conversations. They are all my separate little bundles of joy. Without them the last 4 years of my life would have been emptier.
And that’s what kids and children do. They bring with them such unconditional love and happiness, one which cannot be replaced by any other kind. Yes they are loud, don’t listen at times and can be mischievous and trouble making but hey – that’s what they are supposed to do. That however is something that I have always been told is a view that is the luxury of uncles, aunts and grandparents (basically anyone who isn’t directly responsible for the required disciplining of children i.e. anyone apart from parents and perhaps to an extent teachers :p). While I have had the pleasure of seeing all of my niece and nephews grow up more or less in front of my eyes there are some of my friends who are now discovering parenthood and getting that full time blast of everything that kids bring with them. From the late night howlers to the innocent faces that are made after doing something they are not supposed to. Oh and if they already have siblings – watch out, kids are capable of being some of the most jealous creatures on earth. More than buffoon headed meat jockeys and crazy, insecure and obsessive girlfriends. I remember my eldest nephew was very excited about getting a younger sibling. Till he realized that all the attention that he used to get all to himself was getting split after which point he decided that no no – this is to be corrected. And well the rest is everyday life of young children :). ( I am guessing a couple of people reading this are getting ready to dish out some babysitter duties to me soon – ‘yes yes , everyday life of young children … please handle’).
If you have any kids or children in your life (yours or anyone else’s) make sure you take them on as many ice cream trips, park trips, have as many play times, story times etc with them as you can. They will outgrow you sooner than you think. Or well actually in a less harsh way – they will outgrow all these activities much sooner than you think.