A child is God's opinion that the world should go on
wrote Carl Sandburg. The highlight of my day is the few minutes we Skype with Agastya my grandson and the days we don't are not 'nice'! We have been Skyping since the day he was born when just seeing him sleeping in his mother's arms was enough to make the old fuddy- duddies (read nani and nanou) was enough make our day. Then smiles were added on, gurgles, nonsensical words and finally coherent phrases. Now our little fellow has turned four an a half and has his own takes, some very profound on the world and life. The lad has been in New Orleans for the past 4 days and we have not seen as much as we would have liked of him but he has appeared a few times and delighted us in is inimitable ways. Now our little chap is a great globetrotter and has seen more places than one could imagine so his concept of countries and cities are quite clear. He has also learnt many languages and at some point decided to speak like Elmer Fudd.
His opening lines when we connect are often: how are you guys in India? Is everything good there
? and we respond with Good and how is Paris, St Louis, London
depending on where he is at that precise moment. And the conversation goes on. Last time we connected we asked him which place did he like most and pat came the answer: I like all countries and cities I go to
. We were speechless. Though these words may be taken lightly, tome they were profound and touching. Here was a child that saw beyond colours, races, languages and all that divides. Maybe there is a lesson in these simple words for all of us and a true vindication of Sandburg's words: A child is God's opinion that the world should go on!
Need I say more?