Came across this quote from Calvin & Hobbes strip on Yesterdays TOI Strip. It is stunning in its simplicity. Actually when one thinks about it - Childhood is all of 10-15 years.That's just a fifth of our lifespan, maybe lesser.
A pity. Such a short period of life and so much of it is spent preparing for adulthood without enjoying the freedom of just being a kid.
As a child things are so simple. You like something you take it - you dont want something refuse.If you are young enough you can even afford to throw tantrums and get away with it.
We spend so much of our time trying to control the behaviors of our kids, do this do that, dont do that , pick , pick , pick.With all good intentions trying to confirm them to our perceived norms of the society.
A quote like this jolts one to the foolishness of our efforts.
Perhaps someday I will learn to accept the kids as they are without fretting over their current behaviors.
By then they might have turned into Adults.