Monday, January 18, 2010

'A' for Clothes Peg!?

Juan Or and the clothes peg




It was in the wee hours of one morning and Juan Or had woken up from sleep and refused to go back to sleep, instead wanted to play. So Mommy let him 'ding-dong' around the living room by himself while Mommy laid on the floor mattress trying to go back to sleep, but merely 'light' sleep to sort of keep an eye on this naughty boy. Somehow, along the way - don't know how - the clothes peg usually used for fastening the open gaps of the mosquito net that envelopes the spring cot came off its usual place and ended up on Mommy's mattress. Juan Or saw the clothes peg, picked it up and mumbled something. So Mommy, wanting him to learn new words, started saying,"Juan Or, say 'Clothes peg'!" Juan Or mumbled something again, this time it sounded like a monosyllabic word. Feeling that Juan Or didn't catch the word, so Mommy repeated 'Clothes peg' and again Juan Or replied that monosyllabic word, this time it sounded like the alphabet 'A'. Mommy looked hard at the clothes peg, and lo and behold, yes, indeed, the clothes peg sure does look like the alphabet 'A'!











Hahaha!!!Mommy had a good laugh! Why hadn't Mommy thought about it? Had Mommy thought about it, then Mommy would have been more receptive to make out what Juan Or was mumbling in the first place! So the lesson learnt here is that we as parents should, as much as possible, keep an open mind to what our children are trying to tell us. Very often, children see things in ways that we cannot even imagine, but are still valid ways of looking at something. Listen hard to them, take a look at how they see something, and eventually there will be more understanding between parents and children. At the end of the day, parents learn from children too!

10 comments:

mNhL said...

yes yes....kids are very imaginative. sometimes, what they see is different from us.

reanaclaire said...

yes, someone told me.. "While we try to teach children all about life, our children teach us what life is all about..." so.. this is something your kid might be teaching u.. hahaha...

smallkucing said...

Looks like Juan Or more imaginative than Mommy loh :)

Alice Phua said...

mNhL, oh, yes, definitely, totally agree.

Reenaclaire, yes, I myself have learnt some things from my little boy, one such example is about not harbouring anger or vengeance.

Smallkucing, that I have to agree loh. Hahaha....Mommy old already, otak beku already :P

BoeyJoey said...

Juan or is very clever... I say by recognizing A is more clever than saying clothes peg!

Alice Phua said...

BoeyJoey, yes, I also personally think it's a clever way of looking at the clothes peg! That's why-loh, as I mentioned to Smallkucing, I otak beku already....hahahaha!

Alice Law said...

Juan Juan used to tell me 'T' for mushroom and handed me the letter 'C' and told me it looks like 'U'... kids sure have good imagination!

Alice Phua said...

Alice Law, yup, agree!

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