Mar 29, 2012

The Way Kids See Things

My father had an old transistor radio (In fact he uses his radio even today, though TV, cell phones, computers, etc have already replaced the olden things). When I was a little one, I wondered hearing the melodious voice of Yesudas through the radio that, ‘how does the human voice come from a radio? How such big human beings can enter into such a small thing?’

It was my elder sister who had answer to every question cleared my doubts, “Actually there is a tiny human being inside the radio. It is him who opens his mouth whenever our father switches on the radio,”

I was surprised and asked hesitantly, “Is that so? Are you sure that you are not telling lies? Is there a human being within the radio who is employed to sing such beautiful songs every time our father switches on it?”

My sister said in an assured manner, “Yes there is! Actually not one, but there are two human beings. I saw both of them when father opened the radio last time to repair it. They are sitting on the top portion of it.”

'My sister tells what she saw with her eyes. So I don’t need to disbelieve her', I thought. 

Next time, when my father opened the radio to repair, I scrutinized it with my eyes standing close to him. I ran to my sister and told her as if I had discovered something new, “You were wrong when you said there were two human beings inside our radio. In fact, there are many such tiny human beings. And they all are sitting next to next inside it,” I had actually mistaken the small transistors with different colours for tiny human beings.

A few years later, one moon-lit evening, my younger sister came running and asked me in a single breath, “Do you know where the moon is actually coming from?”

“Which moon? The one we see in the sky?” Taking her question simply, I asked.

“Yes, the same”, my sister said, “Our text books are wrong about the occurrence of the Moon. You know that old well of the next homestead? The Moon is actually hiding itself within that well during day time. And in the evening it comes up slowly to make itself visible to everyone,” she was so sure about it, I guessed it from her tone.

She continued taking another breath, “And now our elder sister showed me the Moon and told this fact. It is so big now and so close to us; so anyone can understand this fact from its size and nearness that it is actually coming up from that well,”

“Elder sister told you this fact, right?” mockingly I asked, and it was a good reason for me to mock my sister for a long time whenever I wanted a reason to do that.

After a few more years, one day my little cousin brother came home. This time the chance was mine to explain things to him in an imaginative way. His doubt was about the Sun. “How the Sun appears there in the morning and here in the evening?,” musingly he asked.

“It is curious,” opening the sack of my imaginations I opened up my theory. “the Sun actually walks from this side to that side through the sky,” I said. Pointing to the setting Sun, I continued, “and it goes beyond that mountain by climbing down the trees. Then it walks along the path underneath where we are sitting. It is actually straight below us in the night, and in the next morning it climbs up holding the tree trunks of the mountain at the eastern side.”

My brother liked the theory. He deeply reflected upon it for a few more minutes. Actually my theory was not very much wrong. What I presented to him was a Sun that rotates around the earth, when in truth, it is the other way round. 

14 comments:

  1. Interesting of course! The thought process of kids! Thank you for sharing.

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    1. Yes NRI girl, kids possess a very curious way of thought process..

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  2. Sweet! My son too beleived that tiny people lived inside our TV till his teacher explained him that they don't.Loved kid Tom's theory of how Sun walks:)

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    1. Oh really..It is very curious that electronic equipments prompt kids to think alike..

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  3. That's cute and funny. I hear my kids discussing such funny scenarios among themselves often :).

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    1. Ah, there I get one more testimonial..sure kids have so many funny discoveries to share.. Thanks Rachana

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  4. Dear Tomz,
    cute! Children have such a lot of imagination, and many things 'live'. Sometimes it is also a good thing to ask them: "What do you believe?" - their phantasy is great, as one often sees on the pictures they draw or the tales they tell.

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    1. Dear Britta,

      Yeah you made a wonderful observation that according to the imaginations of children, many (inanimate) things 'live'.

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  5. Those older siblings are full of trickery. My brother once convinced me that I didn't really have a bony skeleton. He said it was cartilage since I was only nine years old at the time, not old enough to have true bones. I think he was just jealous because I had a broken foot and had to wear a cast.

    Hey, I'm old enough to remember transistor radios. Those were the days!

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    1. Hahaha Walk2write,

      Thats really a cute memory..You brother really convinced you like that? And when you began to think that he was jealous of your broken foot?

      interesting, really!

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  6. So sad when we reach that age when we don't use our imaginations as we once did. Great to be back visiting with you, apologies that it has been so long.

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    1. Yeah, when get matured, one does really forget to use the imaginations effectively..thats a philosophy..

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  7. Nice one Mr. Tomz..My radio had two goggle eyes which talked, so I felt it was the goggle eyed monster who did the magic!

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    1. Oh really Dileep?,

      Thats a very curious version of my transistor story..Thank you

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