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Due to current times, I am able to keep a watch over my 7-year-old’s school routine. So, in between the classes when she has that 20-30 minutes break, her friends join in early for their small talks and at times, the things that they discuss are funny as well as fascinating. The reason I let her do that is that she is devoid of that personal contact with her classmates and this works as a small compensation.
Today before their teacher joined in, they were having this small game discussing their travel destinations and experiences and what I love about these kids is that they are the ones who actually travel without any expectations, enjoy them the most and they don’t crave for any attention on Instagram or Facebook.
So it started off as taking turns to discuss places that each one them have been to and then the things that they did there. My daughter started with her experience about her first camel ride, walking around a fort and playing badminton with her dad; while all other kids also shared similar experiences like going to a beach, playing with sand making castles, walking amongst the clouds on hills, playing with snow and so on and so forth. My child was jumping with excitement and disbelief when one of her friends told her about walking with the clouds which was very cutely explained by her that she was high up in the hills that is why she was above the clouds. She came back running to me asking about other places that she didn’t remember travelling to. And then their systematic approach in this game was that each and everyone got their chance to speak something that we as adults also find difficult to achieve with them and also amongst ourselves.
The thing that amused me the most was their sheer honesty and innocence while talking about all these things with no pretentious efforts. I was amazed as I listened to all these stories and trying to catch with the things that they missed without being in true personal touch with each other.
And it also worked as a wonderful learning game for them- learning about so many new places without any adult adding in his or her thoughts.
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