Recently, my nephews spent their days off from school with me and we had a great time. Well, that's what I think. Being away from their parents gave them some sort of confidence to manipulate me into catering to all their wishes. And of course, all the fun time created an image of me being the cool aunt in my nephews' minds.
They taught me many things as well. I got to exercise my patience when they asked me million questions and when they wanted to run around even though it was time to go back home for dinner. They taught me how to listen and have fun when I was really tired and how to create a better schedule for myself so I got everything done and ate on time.
We had many great moments and one of these moments was during our hunt for ice-cream as we were driving home from playing at the park they liked. We passed many places that had ice-cream but none to my taste as fast food places are not on my list of 'places to go for food'. One of my nephews asked me why I wasn't going to all those ice-cream places and I, without thinking, said that those places served bad food. He then turned to me and said, "So if it's bad food then why do people go there. Why would they want to eat bad food?"
I told him that they didn't know it was bad food. And of course, he said that I should go and tell them that these fast food places didn't serve good food. Honestly, I didn't have a simple answer to my nephew's question but only an intellectual answer.
It was interesting that a 6 years old child could come up with a conclusion and question something so simple - why do we do something that's not good for us?
Is it really lack of knowledge or neglect to knowing or a conscious choice to ignore? I don't know what it is but I'm thankful that my nephew is equipped with questioning people's actions.
Kids ask very simple question with simple language and use basic vocabulary to question everything. It's not complicated. It's simple and they make you think.