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In Wit on 3 July 2012 at 8:01 pm

Kids Just say the darnedest things …

Two-year-old Rewa was fond of holding objects and saying "my spoon" or "my book." During a recent visit, I put my arm on her mom’s shoulder and said, "My Sonika." Which she promptly corrected: "Baba’s Sonika!"


In Wit on 26 May 2012 at 12:57 am

Kids Just Say the Darnedest Things!

Sunitha from Seattle shares these words of wisdom from her 8 year old son Sahith:

Amma, you know what would be a good exercise for you?
For five hours, you let me make as many mistakes as I want
and you sit and just watch without saying anything.

Amma salutes young Sahith’s clarity as well as his Amma’s readiness to share these compassionate words with all of us.

Disease Prevention

In Wit on 9 May 2012 at 3:35 am

Kids Just Say the Darnedest Things!

I just got a great idea for disease prevention.  In your dream, you eat something dirty.  It won’t be harmful – unless you walk in your sleep – but your body could make antibodies just in case.

– Khiyali, age 8

Remembering Maurice Sendak

In Books, Wit on 9 May 2012 at 3:34 am

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“How much does it cost to get to where the wild things are? If it is not expensive, my sister and I would like to spend the summer there.”

– an 8 year old child who wrote a letter to Maruce Sendak, quoted in today’s New York Times.

Amma remembers Maurice Sendak Maurice Sendak came to the Boston Public Library to read from We Are All in the Dumps with Jack and Guy and I had the pleasure of hearing him talk about some of his conversations with young people.  One was a terminally ill child whom he visited in the hospital. He told us that during his visit, the young boy was stroking the arm of his mother, as if to comfort her.

I can’t help thinking that his understanding presence helped to make this poignant moment possible. There are so very few writers today who respect the experiences and insights of children.



In Wit on 11 April 2012 at 4:32 pm

Kids just say the darndest things!

Kiran from Hyderabad reports:

Tanmay, age 4, is finding English quite amusing. He started saying A for Amma and U for Uma (the name of his Ammamma). In the train one day he said A for Uncle and we told him that it was actually U for Uncle. He said, no U makes the “U” sound as in Uma. Thinking that over, he concluded, then “I am going to say Uncle as OOncle!”

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AID on every corner (in Boston)

In Wit on 17 February 2012 at 5:16 pm

Kids Just say the Darndest Things!
Somnath from Boston shares this story of his 4 year old daughter, Adrita.

Adrita (Thru the car window): "Look Baba, AID"
Me (Baffled): "Where"?
Sign Outside – Rite AID

360 So next time you pass a Rite Aid: December Video Values! think of Adrita and remember

Baby fascinated with Anna

In Wit on 27 October 2011 at 3:34 am

Kids just say the darndest things!

Chetana from Bangalore tells us about 18 month old Disha, whose latest fascination is with “anna” – that is Kannada for rice. Much to the delight of her grandmother all she wants the whole day is “anna.” Everyone who hears her thinks she is most ardent and youngest fan of India Against Corruption and Anna Hazare … lol


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