Saturday, 7 February 2009
7-Year-Old: "Daphne, Do You Know What Makes Me Happy?"...
Picture taken from ICanHasCheezBurger.
I met up with my pen-friend Natalie (full name and school cannot be released for privacy reasons) over the week. I had missed the actual Pen-Pal Day where university students met up with their pen friends because of a technical problem--my name was not in the email list because I had joined the program late.
I was pretty upset because I knew little Nat would be waiting for me and expecting me to come. And to see an entire busload of university students coming and her friend wasn't on the bus? That wasn't very nice, and she's so young!
So I made a private arrangement with the school (via the Pen Pal coordinator) to see her personally on another day. Took 2 buses to get to her in -22C temperature, but it was worth it!
Turns out, the occasion was even more special for her, because this time, she was the only one with a visit, while everyone else had to do school work...
I spent an hour with her and her friends in their classroom. Then one of her classmates had to fall down and she started to cry because people pointed and laughed, and suddenly, I had a bunch of girls who brought this crying girl to me to ask for help.
*Picture taken from web*
And it was at that time I was so happy for my puppet-program training, because these are just the sort of stuff we talk about it the program--when people make fun of you, feelings, bullying on the playground etc.
And so it happens there were a bunch of 6-7 year-old girls, all dressed in snow-attire, sitting on the snow and having a conversation with me about why we shouldn't tease people and how everybody has feelings. It was a very nice conversation because at the end of it, they all gave me a hug, and invited me to play!
Little Natalie's mum was so sweet. She actually baked me some chocolate chip cookies! Although the rule is we are not to give anything to our pen-friends when we meet up, because of the circumstances, the coordinators felt we could ignore the rule and give her something very small, and so I brought along a bunch of cute cat stickers for her (the set you gave me for my birthday, Ae Mi. She loved it!).
And then yesterday, I met up with a friend who brought her 7-year-old, M. I had met this little girl previously, and we had hit it off, and she remembered me from our previous meet, so I got a hug there as well.
And she told me this while we did arts-and-craft, which I wanted to share with you:-
*Picture taken from web*
M: "Daphne, do you know what makes me happy?"
D: "No. What?"
M: "Colours. Yellow makes me happy because it is the sun. Blue makes me happy because it is the sky. Green makes me happy because it is the trees. Red makes me happy because it is the rainbow. I am very happy to wake up every morning. I am happy to see you".
M is 7 years-old, and she has pretty much grasped what makes the world beautiful: Being alive. You know when people say you learn about the world from the little ones?
It's true...I heard it last night...