It was mostly quiet at this time of the day. For most of the city slickers, it is time to take rest just after having their lunch. My children were done with their assigned work. It was calm, and the wind was lazy, just before taking their noon time nap, it was story time for us.
“Papa, tell us a story,” they demanded . Our special time is about to begin.
They would settle down into their favorite place, or should I say, ‘our story place’ of the house facing the trees. I’d gather them around my arms and hold them together to narrate stories, which I hope would have morals in their life. I have the chance to pick the genre of stories, but not always.
For a Dad, who was no more working, it was always special to be able to spend precious time with my children. Most of the time, stories told by my Dad and Granddad, in my younger days were retold. It was a time to inculcate knowledge about the reality of life to the young minds.
Relatively important topics like; why people die? Why is my sister a female? Why not all humans are male? and the likes, were covered in these times. It was always a special moment in a day.
Why did Mommy need to work? This needed to be answered many times. Most of the times, my kids get emotional, and, I feel, draw closer to me. But what is more important is to tell them the importance of what Mommy is doing for them. Balancing act needed to be done cautiously.
One thing that made me happy was their eagerness to learn and knows the life stories of Jesus Christ. After every short stories or topic-wise discussion, came up the demand for at least a brief incident in the life of Jesus. That always ended up with me enacting the implications of what has been told.
This small practice, simply, many times reminded me of the sharpness of young minds. How the world has changed the mind of people and the impact of technology on their minds, which I will later discuss here, can be seen.
It makes life worth living. Happiness can be seen from small things in life rather than the much-anticipated or highly-rated social events.
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