Sunday, December 27, 2009

What's the difference?


The relationship between the parents and their children is very unique, inspiring, and testing. Our children always look up to us for guidance and know things they do not know. But many a times it so happens that the developing minds reveal such wisdom that even the most learned, experienced and otherwise successful people are taken off guard and taken aback.

The other day I read a small story and it made me think. I wondered how small expressions can mean so big. The story was about a little girl and her father who were crossing a bridge. The father was scared of water and was having a cold feet crossing over the log bridge we normally come across in the wild over small streams. So he asked his daughter to hold his hand so that she didn’t fall into the water. But her daughter replied, “No, Daddy, you hold my hand.” Now here comes the wisdom part. The puzzled father asked as to what was the big difference? And the daughter replied very politely but with great intellect, “The big difference is that if I hold your hand and something happens to me, chances are that I may let your hand go. But if you hold my hand, I know for sure that no matter what happens, you will never let my hand go.”

Now this amazed me and left me pondering. How much our children expect of us and how at times we are unable to come up to their expectations. And when we don’t find the right kind of answers, we either tell them how they silly were of not knowing simple things or just admonished them for thinking bigger than their age.

So it is that big difference for which we need to find answers ourselves carefully rather than looking the other way. No?