Let the little ones come to me……………
Kids are priceless and their innocence precious. Sometimes though, sometimes they ask in their little voices very difficult questions, questions you would rather the Earth open up and swallow you before you answered them………
When I say I am babysitting; I really mean that I’ll find something on the TV that we can all watch and (try to) keep them out of trouble until their mom comes pick them up.
Their tiny minds are like sponges absorbing all sorts “knowledge” so one must filter carefully what reaches through.
One of my nieces wanted to be a pilot from when she could talk until accidentally catching a scene from an episode of some “seconds from disaster mayday air collision” type TV series; promptly put an end to that dream.
The other day whilst watching Zootopia, you know the place; where anyone can be anything? I decided to ask a niece what she wanted to be….
“A Disney Princess” said a little voice with a big dream (after binge watching episodes of Sophia The First)
“Sure darling you can be a Disney Princess” I replied. Who am I to deny a girl her dreams?……
This other time we were scrolling channels looking for something to watch when a commercial for feminine hygiene products come on. You know the type with a catchy upbeat jingle about staying dry always and a lady with an umbrella is dancing in the street; a voice narrating how the new design and “wings” give extra protection:
The Niece turns to me and asks “Are those like the Elastoplast® in the drawer?” (The Band aids) we always keep some around because the little hands and legs always getting into scrapes.
I replied with a quick yes and hoped that was the end of that, but a few seconds later;
“How come she is singing and dancing if she is hurt?” asked a little voice.
“Where is she hurt?” another little voice asked
“You cant see it__” I started to reply then decided to go with “Anyway, she isn’t hurt bad__ ….she is fine now….”
In my head I was thinking oh lawd where is their mother; as I changed the channel. On the next channel there was another commercial, its almost as if there is schedule that such commercials show during this particular segment.
This time it was a bunch teenage girls in a classroom dancing and singing a catchy tune about checking for leaks as always. I guess it was a regular commercial because the little ones were singing and dancing along…….
A tiny hand was pulling my leg trying to get my attention and I could just tell that they had a question to ask…. And I probably would get myself tangled into a web I was not equipped to deal with so I changed the channel again…..
On the next channel, there is a Cadbury chocolate commercial. A lady pregnant with triplets is eating Cadbury chocolate.
The “babies” in her tummy loving it so much they start singing Joy a song by The Soil (which happens to be my favourite song from my favourite accapella group)
“I got joy in my heart
And you know it’s the kind of feeling
Followed by a sense of healing, “
What happens next you can definitely imagine:
“Do babies like chocolate?” a little voice asks
“Where do babies come from?” another asks as well
“Chocolate!!!!” another replies
“So…. If you eat chocolate______” another little voice starts to speak………………
Thank you very much Cadbury
PS what interesting situations have little voices gotten you into?