Children See. Children Do.

Dog See. Dog Do.

I came back home today evening to find this hilarious scene.

My dog Rainbow was intently looking at the laptop. Clearly, she is doing what she sees the family doing every day.

“Such short little lives our pets have to spend with us, and they spend most of it waiting for us to come home each day.” — John Grogan

 Monkey See. Monkey Do.

My son Ari is going through a phase of “Curious George” episodes. He adores Curious George. Ari wants to be called “Little Monkey”. He gushes every time we call him “Little Monkey”.

Ari sees me capturing pictures ever day. So, he wants to capture pictures as well.

So, here is a picture of Monkey See. Monkey Do.

Monkey see. Monkey do. - Ambal Balakrishnan

Children See. Children Do.

Jokes apart.

There is a lesson here for us parents.

It is easy for us to say to the kids – “Don’t smoke. Don’t drink. Don’t do drugs. Don’t lie.”

Children do what we do, not what we say.

 

Your children are Not Your Children

Thank you to my dear friend Anu Singh for sharing this beautiful poem with me.

On Children
Your children are not your children.
They are the sons and daughters of Life’s longing for itself.
They come through you but not from you,
And though they are with you yet they belong not to you.

You may give them your love but not your thoughts,
For they have their own thoughts.
You may house their bodies but not their souls,
For their souls dwell in the house of tomorrow,
which you cannot visit, not even in your dreams.
You may strive to be like them,
but seek not to make them like you.
For life goes not backward nor tarries with yesterday.

You are the bows from which your children
as living arrows are sent forth.
The archer sees the mark upon the path of the infinite,
and He bends you with His might
that His arrows may go swift and far.
Let our bending in the archer’s hand be for gladness;
For even as He loves the arrow that flies,
so He loves also the bow that is stable.

—- Poem written by Lebanese-born American artist, philosopher and writer Khalil Gibran.