But even when you're busy, you still need to eat. And so I found myself at the supermarket recently on a quiet weekday morning (I try to avoid the weekend crowd) stocking up on groceries. Whilst checking off my shopping list with my better half, I couldn't help noticing a group of young children (probably between 4 to 5 years old) walking down the lanes in the supermarket with a teacher at the front and a chaperon at the back. They were on an excursion to the supermarket! The teacher was pointing out to the different vegetables and fruits and getting the kids to guess what they were.
I always enjoy observing such excursions with kids because it reminds me of those days when I was a kid. I loved those excursions and visits to the museums, parks and the beaches and my mum would prepare lunch box for me.
Okay, back to the kids in the supermarket. If you are observant, you will probably notice that when kids get together on an excursion like this, they will be distracted, excited and make a lot of noise and very often, not focus on the teacher. So in order to get around this, this particular teacher had a little noise-making rattler which she would use to get the attention of the kids when they go out of hand. And boy did she make use of that thing that morning!
I celebrated the joy of being a child that morning. Every colour and smell excited them as the teacher tried introducing them to things in the supermarket. They had so much curiosity and innocence. They listened, they asked and they laughed...
Sometimes my younger daughter would comment, "Daddy why are adults so dull and uninteresting?" I think I am beginning to find the answer; it's because adults have stopped being a child.
“For in every adult there dwells the child that was, and in every child there lies the adult that will be.”
― John Connolly, The Book of Lost Things