The Joy of Small Things

There is a school diagonally across the street from my home. During the school hours, we hear kids repeating after teachers: poems, multiplication tables, and few verses from scriptures. I have become so accustomed to these sounds that I hear the sounds only when I consciously try, otherwise, the sounds get lost in the air before vibrating my eardrums. I have studied in that same school till my fifth standard. The advantages of studying in a school only a couple of meters away from the home are too many. Waking up a little late, lunchtime at home, and many more.

Couple of weeks back, when I was in-front of  my home and catching up with a bit of sunlight to help my skin produce D-Vitamin, it was interval time for the kids. Many of them rushed out from school when the school-bell rang. Most of them looked to be seven to ten years of age.

300720091516I was listening to some music on my mobile and was idling with the phone’s camera as I couldn’t think of anything else. One guy rushed towards me and asked me: ‘Anna… can you take my photo?’ He was shy and smiling (the kid you see in the photo in cream color shirt and with a big smile). I nodded and by the time I turned my phone towards where he stood, there were few other kids with all smiles, one pulling the other in usual childish mischievousness. I managed to take two pictures while bending my back at an awkward angle to cover the kids as they tried to move near me, everyone trying to be in the front row.

After the pics were taken, everybody rushed and almost broken my mobile into pieces as they looked at the pictures. All smiles I need not say. They might have seen their photos many times before, as camera phones are very common these days. But the amazement never seems to lessen for them. Not like the days when I was a kid, a photograph was worth a million then.

300720091515Many times when I see kids smile innocently, I wonder where we adults lost that ability to smile and wonder at small-things of life. Watching a roaring flight in the sky, dancing in the rain-water, playing in the sand, making paper boats, and a lot more. All those things seem so distant and sufficiently faded away memories like they are from a different lifetime. Do we smile as often as the kids do? No, is the answer for many of us. Many times we produce laughter but we never smile the way kids do. We are programmed to laugh but the true laughter is rare.

I smiled with them and I wanted to share my feelings here and the pics too. I hope  you liked the article and pics and may be they brought a smile or two.

Thank you for reading.

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  1. Posted September 15, 2009 at 9:42 pm | Permalink

    Good one ra.

    In my observation, most of us generally don’t respond to small little pleasures of life. Not stopping at that we dismiss people as immature if they behave childish at times. What good is a maturity that doesn’t let us smile, giggle, sing aloud and jump around? I believe that each one of us has a kid within, but we ignore the fact big time. Once in a while an article like this one reminds us of that but we soon fall back to our normal grim ways. Lets stop bring serious, its fun to be kidding around really.

    • Posted October 13, 2009 at 6:39 am | Permalink

      Expressed the crucified emotions over the mask of maturity. Innocent kid’s photographs around us will enliven us. I feel like enjoying life like a child while act maturely in making decisions over others could make more sense. Why should we stop smiling or enjoying on the name of maturity? Maturity is for actions and not for feelings. But i contend where people do it other ways. Their actions are childish and they feel/react matured.

  2. supriya
    Posted September 16, 2009 at 12:23 pm | Permalink

    Nice one .. which defiently made be feel nostalgic but i really doubt if i can get back there once again …. i try to do that when i’m along with my KID believe me those 2 min or 5 min of JOY would act as such a stress reliever and you really can recharge yourself quickly for the run !!!! One should really pay attention for such small things which are arround us and extract joy or fun from within .

  3. Posted September 18, 2009 at 11:48 pm | Permalink

    thanks chandra, it did bring me a smile :)
    as bharath had pointed out, people think looking at a aeroplane, getting drenched or laughing at a buffalow on the road is immature…
    thats ok! as long as there is a single person willing to live life like crazy, ther ll be enuf fun.

    • Posted September 19, 2009 at 12:42 pm | Permalink

      Welcome to my blog! Thank you for the comment.

      Happy to know that the article brought a smile :)

      Just looked at your blog. It seems good. I will read it some time soon.

  4. Posted September 23, 2009 at 10:29 pm | Permalink


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