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The tiny tots of today.

               The constant chatter of kids, their endless questions, their eternal wants for this or that, often reminds me of my childhood. Of course, I belonged to a generation which asked lesser questions, was  exposed to hardly much of the world as compared to today's GenX, and was relatively docile! Today, they come into this world well-prepared. They have more grey cells, are incredulously knowledgeable about things we have no hint about, and are forever ready to prove their points in the 'family courts' with their ready retorts and quick wits!
             Are they losing  their  innocence a bit too soon? The simplicity in life, the joys in the little things in life, fail to impress today's youngsters. Their smart minds do take away a lot from their childhood. In fact, I wonder if  they even live an ideal childhood? Or, has the definition of childhood changed with time?
         I remember how, my mum would fool me and my younger brother about things we weren't fond of and get us to do those in the way she wanted us to! We weren't any fans of certain veggies, the pumpkin being the most disliked of them all, as also the bitter gourd. However, mum fooled us into believing it wasn't pumpkin, but a sabji made of chocolates! And, we, the gullible ones, would relish it and inform our friends about this amazing 'chocolate sabji' that we had for lunch! Try getting today's kids to believe such tall tales!
         The questions they ask, the arguments they hold, speak a lot about their alert minds. They never take things lying down, seldom take things at their face value and  speak their minds fearlessly. Frankly, even though I miss the innocence in today's kids, I do wish I had been like them. At least, a wee bit.  I would have gained a lot!
     



        

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               ___H.W.Longfellow.



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