Mia and Mommy were gazing at the night sky from their terrace. “When we were kids, we often gathered at the terrace soon after dinner. We would sit around grandpa to listen to his stories about the stars and moon,” began Mommy. “Wow, stories?!” exclaimed Mia. “Yes. Let me tell you an interesting story about the…
When I asked Vihaan what story he can think of with these sea animals, without a thought he replied, “Finding Dory.” Well, that’s the recent movie we’d watched and with full of sea characters in the movie, he could at once relate it to these characters. I had cut them and gave it to him without prompting with any of my ideas. The video you see below is an unedited version of a story he had come up with. It is incoherent, well to us, but he was creating a story to himself. I can tell him 100’s of stories but one little story, though incoherent and without meaning from him at this age seemed certainly precious.
Those of you who have watched the Colgate TVCs will be aware of the complimentary toys that came with the Colgate packs last month. The inside of the packs had small figurines of a royal family with a castle. I planned some interesting activities for our Little Vihaan with these toys. First, I made him learn the names of the characters and then, I let him explore them. He came up with three cute stories that amazed me of how a 2 year old brain perceives the world around him. As a parent, I felt it’s my responsibility to guide his little perceptions in the right direction and I did my part to help him bring alive his magical stories, all of which I have captured in this video below.
“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 the 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.