Jul 19, 2009

21 Children are a delight

Sitting on the train going home after a long busy day at the office, I was humming to myself trying to relax away the stress of the day when a young woman of African descent entered with her son. He was the cutest little person. He had short tuff of soft curly black hair, his skin the color of smooth milk chocolate, and the most delightful black eyes. They sat directly across from me on the three seater. The mother put the little boy who hopped up and sat with his feet sticking straight out to her right and she sat in the middle seat next to him, she asked if he was comfortable, he nodded yes and sat back playing with himself making sounds and playful dialog. He made eye contact with me, squeezed his lips tightly together and sent me a kiss. I smiled and mouthed ‘thank you’, he smiled back and rapidly lifted his eyebrows twice as if to say ‘you’re welcome’, the same time his mother looked at him and said, “are you sending her kisses?” he shyly buried his face in her right arm and shook his head no but as soon as the mother looked away, he sent me another kiss smiling coyly and I thought, ‘what a charmer’. This time though his mother caught him and he looked up at her with an angelic smile on his handsome face and started kissing her right arm as if to say mommy you have all my love. I simply laughed to myself thinking ‘what an enchanting child’.

A few moments into the ride the mother searched around in her bag and pulled out a MP3 player, untangled the earphones placing one in her ear and the other in the little boys. She started shaking her shoulder and bopping her head back and forth and her son mimicked her. They both were bopping and shaking making a wonderful mother/son picture when the little boy (charmer) raised his hands moving his little body side to side and looking at me smiling as if to say oh the music sweet. He soon grew bored of the music and played a little with himself then he started sending me more kisses again. This time the mother watched him with an amused look on her face. She looked at me and smiled. I asked her, is he three years old? She answered yes. At this point the little boy started pulling at his pants saying ‘it’s gone, I lost it, it’s gone’. The mother searched around and on the seat between them was a toy laser light, she picked it up and gave it to him with instructions to put it into his pocket he would not lose it. He had trouble putting the laser into his pants pocket because he was lifting his t-shirt to see the pocket when the mom asked him "why are you taking off your clothes"? He looked at her indignantly and said, "I am not taking off my clothes, I can’t find the pocket". She asked him for the laser, located the pocket in his khaki shorts, showed him where it was, how to lift the Velcro closure, put the laser in and how to secure it by sealing it tight so as not to lose the toy. He looked at her, smiled and kissed her right arm, then her lips and said, ‘thank you mommy’. They got off at the next stop and as he exited the trained he looked back at me, smiled and threw me a kiss goodbye and I thought, ‘that kid is easy to love’. I smiled all the way home thinking of him all the way and praying to the Divine that his sweetness remains no matter what life throws at him.

21 comments:

  1. Wow.A great experience.Such pleasing qualities are inborn I think and not acquired until later in years.Nicely written

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  2. Hi:)

    Greetings:)

    I agree with you that children a delight. They are little angels from heaven. Children have the divine spark in them. They are here to make us happy. Perhaps when you interacted with the child, you would have thought about your own childhood or the childhood of your own children I also love watching children and I am always amazed at immense happiness and joy they spread around.
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    I am reproducing one of my old posts which might be quite relevant and interesting.

    Saturday, May 17, 2008
    LITTLE CHILDREN --- FOUNTAINS OF LIMITLESS JOY

    When children are small they are innocent, they trust you completely and they don't go by how you look. They want to play with you, laugh with you, follow you, ride piggy back on you, sit on your shoulders, and the smallest faces you make sends them into peals of laughter. In fact, their whole world revolves around you. They will even write letters to Father Christmas and give them to you for posting. When they come back from mid-night Mass, they will run around the house searching for their gifts. Whey they find their gifts, the excitement and screaming is unbelievable. They are ever ready to come with you whether you go for a walk or a park or to a restaurant or even to your office as long as they can be with you. When you go to your office in the morning, they will cling tight to you and will refuse to let you go and sometimes cry so badly that you feel like shedding tears. When you come back from office, they will come running to you ready to help you to carry your briefcase and their joy to see you back is boundless. You can tell them the silliest stories and they will listen to you with rapt attention and ask for more similar stories. Small gifts will make them very excited.

    What happens to them when they grow up? They develop a mind of their own. They have a separate identity. They have their own friends and interests. They will not hold your hands. Even if you call them they will not come with you. If you say something they will disagree with you. They will even tell you that you don't know any thing. I am fully aware that nature makes them like this when they grow up because they have to survive in a tough competitive world.

    Oh, my God, what happened to my little children? I struggled so hard to bring them up. I made so many sacrifices to provide for them. I was so happy with them. Will I ever get my little children back?
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    Your post brought my own nostalgic memories back to me.

    I have checked your photo album at the bottom of your post. They are amazing, wonderful, breathtaking, awe inspiring. You are a gifted talented photographer with great skill and expertise. May be one day you can conduct a photo exhibition with these marvellous photos.

    I enjoyed my Sunday reading your fantastic post and watching the lovely,gorgeous photos. Many, many thanks.

    Wish you a bright and beautiful Sunday also
    Joseph

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  3. This is a delightful story...I share your hope for this little boy, that he will never lose his sweetness! Children have a way of turning our frowns upside down, don't they?

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  4. Hello there, beautiful friend Rap. I'm stopping by to check on you and see what's new.

    This is a wonderfully written and heart-warming account of your interaction with a sweet and adorable little boy. I pray the same as you, that his sweetness remains (through all that life will surely throw his way).

    C - U - Soon

    I came over from my other blogsopt this time:
    http://www.atthestartinggate.blogspot.com

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  5. Hi
    Nice and charming post. And nice songs on your blog.Children are so loving, innocent & uninhibited.Why do we become so complicated when we grow up?
    Have a great day !

    Ram

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  6. Hi:)

    Greetings:)

    I'm not lying in bed at all. In fact this has been a very busy week for me because I have got jobs from Monday to Saturday. So I am on my toes from morning till evening and I come back home exhausted. I have posts ready and I was just waiting for some days to pass before I post my next post. The idea is to give every one of my friends to read my post and comment on it.

    You know I am in the business of renting out LCD multimedia projector which is used in trainings, meetings and conferences. It is used for making multimedia presentations.

    As long as some one or the other posts a comment on a daily basis, I with hold my new post. Only when I think no one is going to comment I post a new one.

    I would also like to visit at least 10 new blogs in a week and post my comments but I don't find time for that. That is the only way to increase readership. There is no other short cut. In sales parlance it is called cold canvassing.

    Have a wonderful and fantastic day, my friend:)
    Joseph

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  7. That was a delightful encounter! Thanks for sharing. I ride the bus a lot and on the whole I find the children that ride it well behaved and respectful although not quite as aggressive in expessing himself as the child you describe, but he is only three and must have a great deal of trust in adults to be so spontaneous! Gerry

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  8. what a great experience you get, I love to see the children as I have two little boy.
    Nice to visit your blog.

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  9. Kisses and more kisses...oMG, i am in love wit this kid without even knowing him...i bet he will turn out a charmer when he grows up, a complete heartthrob!!

    how come ur new posts do not turn up in my blog updates? althou im following ur blog :(

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  10. Thats such a sweet post. very adorable. kids are god and that boy was bestowing blessings upon you in the form of his kissses.

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  11. Lovely experience..!

    I share your prayer for the Charmer..:)

    Thanks for sharing this warm post..

    Cheers

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  12. Wow, you have captured the true spirit of that wonderful experience in this post. Children are indeed very nice to be around. They make the world seem like a better place.

    Keep posting. I'll keep reading.
    Cheers,
    -The Village Idiot.

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  13. Woww!!!!!!! Excellent Post :) Excellent Blog Too :) Beautiful Description :) Thanks A Lot For Sharing :D

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  14. Wow, that was a really sweet post ! Thanks for sharing this delightful story :)

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  15. awwww..shwweeeeet post...loved it..
    wat a sweet li'l fellow..it seems that he was like a cup of refreshing coffee to u aftr all day's work..yupp children surely are delightful :):)

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  16. ty for dropping by my online home :)

    This is such a wonderful post...a great reminder abt Innocence. Children often remind us how to keep it real...how not to lose TOUCH with life.

    Keshi.

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  17. thanx for visiting my blog! u are right!
    ciao, Luis

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  18. Hi! I join you in your prayer for the little boy. Thank you for sharing this delightful (!!) story. I loved it!

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  19. Hey ma'am,once again many thanks for visiting my blog...As I'm a bit busy with my Final Year Medicine Exams which I have in 1 month I've become irregularly irregular in updating new posts...Thanks a lot for the blessings...I'm honoured by your visit. And I wud also like to thank you for sharing this beautiful experience of yours with that child. I guess you love children very much just the way I do. The post reminds me many such experiences of mine with children....Thank you...Have a Wonderful Day...

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  20. Wow ... great story, In almost feel as if I were there. Thanks for sharing.
    *** Coy ***

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