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...



17 comments:

Faridah Khan said...

Daph dear, apa khabar di Canada?? I am sure your parents miss you. Hope we can meet up when you come home. Bila nak balik?

Thanks for sharing this. I really like M's story. It just reminds me of how my sister used to see things so simply. Me and her were 18 years apart. We should all be happy for being alive.

mott said...

Sigh....

I quote Charles M Schulz, " Happiness is a warm puppy".

Isn't it?

Sigh...That was really nice. Thanks for sharing.

whre4arthou said...

Nai..

Glad she liked the cat stickers :)

Pretty cute eh? Can't get them anymore though - they were from Woolworths which is gone now..

That's why I got you 2 sets :)

WP said...

7-year-olds are sometimes smarter than all adults put together... ;)

Puteri said...

Lucky pen-friend and her friends! A personal visit from Daphne, no less! Good job, Daphne, you made their day!

nicol said...

wow.. that quote from little M made me tear up.. no lie. it's one of those epic lines that you will always remember. i hope M's view of the world will always remain like this and that she will share it with many others.

and kudos to you! so many extra-curriculars.. volunteering, pen-pals.. i feel that you are leading a very fulfilling life =D good stuff dude

Clarisse Teagen said...

Things always happen for a reason.

Dalam Dakapan Ibu said...

Daphne dear,
That lil' M is really something. To look at life that way, and at that age? Wow.

There's no doubt that sometimes simple interpretations of things are the best.

You take care, ok?

ruby ahmad said...

Happy Valentine's day dear!

Daphne Ling said...

Hi Faridah,

Khabar baik! I miss my parents a lot too. As for balik-ing, lama samore lar. At LEAST a year! Haih...

Wow. Your sister and you really had a big age gap. But children always see things so simply. And then they grow up, and become jaded...like us ;)

Daphne Ling said...

Hi Mott,

Yeah, you know, Schulz is right. A purring cat is amazing too! Especially at night in bed...I shared a bed for 4 years with my late cat, so most definitely a great sleeping companion!

Thanks for sharing too!

Daphne Ling said...

Hi Ae Mi,

Oooh...So we have collector's items, eh? ;)

I gave her a set, so we each have one...And it's sooo cool they're purple cats. You obviously know how much I like the colour...

See you on Skype sometime!

Daphne Ling said...

Hi WP,

Haha...You're right! They are...

But then, they grow up to become adults and say stupid stuff...*Smack head*

Sigh...The world will be pretty beautiful if we all stayed simple minded...

Daphne Ling said...

Hi Kak Puteri,

Aiyo...I felt really bad (even though it wasn't my fault) cause she was so little! How do you explain miscommunication to a child?

I'm glad I went though. She was a sweet thing...And I got cookies! Hehe...

Daphne Ling said...

Hey Nicol!

How you doing? University killing you like it's killing me? I'm trying to keep occupied, otherwise I'd be very homesick.

They say if you get involved in the community, your university experience is a whole lot more satisfying, because it begins to feel more like home!

Theory seems to be right, so far...

As for M, she's a lovely thing. If you come to Ptbo, I'll take you to meet her. You'd like her...=)

Daphne Ling said...

Hi Clarisse,

Uh-huh. Ditto to that!


Hi Aunty Ja,

Yeah, we tend to make things so convoluted, don't we? She said it so simply, and she meant every word, that I just had to share!

You take care, too, ok?

Daphne Ling said...

Hi Kak Ruby,

Happy Valentine's Day to you too!