Monday, 2 April 2012


my grandchild neha is two years and four months old. she is staying with us for a few days with her mother.

a few months ago, when she was with us last, i could draw her attention in the direction i wanted by introducing something surprising into the scheme of things, like the discovery of a long procession of ants across the room. she would forget her demand to go watching the temple elephant in the sun and would be fully involved in the excitement of the new discovery.

but now i find she cannot be distracted from what she wants. if she says "take me to the elephant, appooppa," she means just that. i cannot distract her by showing her ants or butterflies.

she is developing a will of her own!



Prabhakar said...

Lovely scene

Anonymous said...

She will again forget those blessings once she leaves childhood! Then she will become one among us.So sad!

P. Venugopal said...

it is a learning process for me watching her change. now i see her rewinding in her imagination conversations with her mom or others, changing characters at random. when she does this, sometimes she is her mom, sometimes she is appooppa, sometimes her doll... it is actually probing out equations... she is innocently confused, but is is free and unconcerned about the confusion. i also see the beginnings of the use of logic... trying to put the right thing into the right slot, through trial and error... but not bothered about solving all problems...