I was on my way to home and at once…
“What are you doing kid!!
It’s full of germs!”
A well-dressed young woman was yelling at a kid .
As soon as I heard the word ‘kid’, the extreme fondness I had towards kids drew me to look what was going there. They were in their backyard and suddenly the woman dragged the mud-caked kid into the house. All I could see was an unfinished mud castle. I was like “Really??? She got a super vision to see tiny germs??”
For a moment, I went back to my childhood where sky was the limit. Having a lot of friends, playing in paddy fields, climbing trees and dancing in rain were just tasks of the normal routine. Yes, we were allowed to play with mud; and we were healthy (i.e. A good combination of Head and Heart).
“Worldwide 10-20% of children and adolescents experience mental disorders. Half of all mental illnesses begin by the age of 14 and three-quarters by mid-20s.” (source: http://www.who.int/mental_health/maternal-child/child_adolescent/en/)
“More than 40 million children under the age of 5 were overweight or obese in 2012.” (source: http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs311/en/)
“Unipolar depression, predicted to be the second leading cause of global disability burden by 2020, is twice as common in women.”
Wait a minute and start thinking. Where are we going????
Most of the kids love to bathe in sea, climb trees and talk to animals because they are instinctively pure. Somewhere someone has created an inhuman list of dos and don’ts, and we are blindly following it. But still we have that special place in heart we had for nature, You just need to understand it. We still do feel better when we are close to nature. (Simple test: Name a place where you can go and relax. I bet you didn’t choose a busy, noisy and polluted city.)
Never ever forget that we originally came from the forest! We still have the connection with nature. Kids always know that and will know in future too. Let them to strengthen that bond, blend with environment and read the book of nature. Teach them that trees have invisible ears. Warn them about consequences of trowing toffee wrappers here and there.
Today you may believe that your kid should play with the tons of toys you bought or he should study all the day. You may prevent him from dancing in rain or playing with mud. But tomorrow you will understand that you turned the human baby into a feeling-less robot.
A kid with a dirty childhood will never become a dirty adult.