‘Najoom!!’, came his shriek from the car seat at the back. Hubby almost braked and I had to strain my neck to see what he was pointing and straining himself towards: It was a star in the sky!
Then it hit us… in all his four and half years of life, my son had never seen a star! How incredulous is that? He sings ‘Twinkle twinkle little star’ , he grew up listening to me say, ‘Taarey bhi sogaye’ and he counts nujoom in his books but he had never really seen a star!
Makes you wonder what a life we are living doesn’t it. We live in all so many neons and street lights in a jungle of buildings and towers within a maze of bridges and underpasses … that children can really never get to see the sky.
I remember when we were kids, I grew up in Jeddah too, we’d spread this blanket on the terrace and all of us would lie down in a circle staring up trying to spot the constellations or Mars. For some reason, we were always so interested in Mars and martians. Son loves the sky, he loves rockets, has read so many books on Astronauts and Space travel and we once tried to build a rocket for him. There was even this interesting conversation once about building a rocket that would not run out of fuel if we decided to go all the way to Heaven and get his sister back. (He believes Heaven is skies away into space.)
Anyway, he was staring up and pointing at a star in the sky. Alhamdulillah.
The day before yesterday, Son asked me what comes after all the dates and weeks and months finished in a calendar. 🙂 That was so beautiful… I mean he is at an age where he doesn’t understand that. I dont remember me or any of my siblings asking anyone that but hearing it from my son, it is so cute!
A few weeks ago, he was wondering what came after 99! LOL!! He can only count till 99 and has he didnt know what came after that. How cute! I told him it was 100 and it was such a discovery for him. His eyes went all wide and he was so awed by it. We counted till 200 and then he continued on till 999 and then he didn’t know again. 1000 was mega discovery! It was like realising that you could actually win something as you advance! 🙂 Ofcourse we had all the discussion about numbers and what happened when there were so many to count but you had run out of numbers.
I remember when I was first pregnant, Hubby had asked me one night what I intended to teach our baby. I had so casually replied, ” I think we will both teach other a lot“. That comes back with an all new meaning now… We really do live our life all over again with each child, don’t we? With each child, the adventure begins again… discovering the little things, amazed at the world around us and getting up each morning looking forward to stepping into a whole new world. SubhanAllah!