“Once upon a time, there was a beautiful girl called Cinderella and she had two ugly stepsisters…..”
“Amma,” my little boy interrupted before I finished reading the first line of his first fairy tale.
“Bootifu? Huggy?” he wanted to know what ‘beautiful’ and ‘ugly’ meant. It was a difficult subject to deal with a kid, so I just pointed to Cinderella and her stepsisters in the picture as I said ‘beautiful’ and ‘ugly’. I was sure he wouldn’t get what they actually meant. In fact, I didn’t want him to.
A little down the book.
The prince said, “I shall marry the beautiful girl whose foot fits this slipper and only her.”
“Bootifu?” he asked me again. Safely, I pointed to the picture of Cinderella again.
“Maggi?” now he wanted to know what ‘marry’ is. Uff! I didn’t know fairy tales can be difficult too.
This time, I pointed to the prince and then at Cinderella and made a smiling gesture to show him that,
‘marry = smile = a positive emotion’.
I don’t know what sense my equation made to him but it struck another equation from his little brain. He ran to his book shelf and brought his big farm book. It’s an interactive book for kids that features five little children: Eddie, Sophie, Tessa, Digga and Mia. For your imagination, I’ve tagged all of them in this picture. As one can see from the picture, among all the children, the character of Tessa is created as a dark-skinned, perhaps unattractive girl to some, and for some reason, she’s my boy’s favourite of all.
He pointed to the prince and then to Tessa and made a smiling gesture with a question mark on his face. And all that my little boy was curious to know was, “Prince maggi Tessa?
I stared at him for a while. So he understood what ‘bootifu’ and ‘maggi’ meant? Unbelievable!
Now I was left with no option but answer him.
I asked him, when he grows up to a prince, if he would smile at Tessa? Without thinking, he said, “yes.”
“Then, if the prince is as nice as you, he will smile at Tessa too,” I said.
He thought for a while until he related all the facts from the start and finally gave a smile.
He seemed delighted for his favourite Tessa shall be acknowledged by the prince!
Posted for ‘Indispire Edition 73‘
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