Have you guys seen this video from the NYT? Kelly O’Brien, an independant film maker shares this small film she made about questions her daughter has asked her over the years (‘Can girls be robots? ‘Why do trees just stand there?) It makes for a divinely lovely mini-doc. As O’Brian says in the article One day the flow of questions will stop, but of course even as adults we’re still searching for the answers.
Aiysha was the first to send it to me and we both waxed lyrical about the absolute truth of it. This may be my favourite thing about being around little people she said and I totally agree.
Children really are the true philosophers of life.
They see with the eye of truth and speak without the inhibitions of world weary experience.
ln a single breath their questions of why’s can range from the most mundane to the utterly phenomenal and the beauty in it is that for the child each ‘why’ holds exactly the same weight in wonder.
In not just their questions, but often in the answers they come up with themselves to make sense of the world, is the best kind of magical logic. My daughter (then two) told me once that a half moon was a cut moon which somebody, (who Mama?) must have decided to make with their skissors.
Their observations can come so unexpectedly, in the middle of a bath or through a yogurt smeared mouth and crush your heart in sweetness more than a love letter from your beloved.
And sometimes they speak poetry itself. My son, Ismail, at the age of four on what he loved about me:
‘I love so many things of you… I love every word of you’
Granted, I’m a little biased, but I never heard poetry more beautiful!
Image Credit: Paper-cut-art by Zarina Teli
What curiosities do you remember of your own childhood before self editing caused you to lose that wild abandon most children have naturally? No censoring, no hiding, heart as shining on the outside as it is on the inside, no agendas except to be and to learn to be.
Tell us the profound or unexpected things your child has said that made you laugh or cry or both? We love hearing about the most thought-provoking observations from the little people in your lives!
“My heart is so small
it’s almost invisible.
How can You place
such big sorrows in it?
“Look,” He answered,
“your eyes are even smaller,
yet they behold the world.”