Friday, February 4, 2011

I Went to China

"What did you do during the holidays?"
"I went to China!"
[to me]"You went to China and never even told me?"
"I had fun in China."
"What did you do there?"
"I learnt kung fu and I played with the pandas!"
"And Mamma let you do that?"
"I didn't go with Mamma, I went with Lalit*."
"Who is Lalit?"
"My best friend. In school. He is a kid, like me."
[to me]"How could you allow such a young kid to go to China alone."

Should I smile at the gullibility of adults, or admire the imagination of my five-year old?

* name changed
A drabble is a story told in exactly 100 words.
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Margot Kinberg said...

Rayna - What a wonderful imagination your son has! Oh, and I just adore that 'photo! How funny that that innocent face took in an adult. That's just a great story :-).

Jane Kennedy Sutton said...

Enjoy the imaginings of a five-year old. I think it’s fantastic how kids can go anywhere without living home.

Elizabeth Spann Craig/Riley Adams said...

He's seeing the world at a young age! :)

Dorte H said...

I think you should do both :D

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...


Mary Vaughn said...

Too bad he didn't take you. You would have enjoyed it.
Imagination - the cheapest, safest way to travel.

Jemi Fraser said...

This is why I love teaching - kids are wonderful and amazing!

Julie Musil said...

Most definitely admire the five year old imagination. There's nothing else like it. Adorable!

Anonymous said...

I fleetingly remember my five-year-old imagination. It was fantastic.

Jen Chandler said...

Your son has such a fabulous imagination! Encourage it!!

I'd have to laugh at the people that didn't understand. Some people are too literal. It would do them some good to believe you let him go to China ;)


Rayna M. Iyer said...

@ Margot - he does, doesn't he? And it is precisely because that face looks so innocent that people get fooled all the time.

@ Jane - not just kids. At 39, I travel without leaving home all the time.

@ Elizabeth - world traveller already

@ Dorte - I should, shouldn't I?

@ Alex - guess I should do just that.

@ Mary - I can go on my own, can't I?
What we would do without imaginations I do not know.

@ Jemi - lucky are the people who have kids around them. Taxing, challenging, but also amazing.

@ Julie - unless you include an older person's imagination which is still maintained at the five year old's level

@ Medeia - it must have been. But I am sure it is still there, somewhere.

Anonymous said...

found you via Dipali's blog. Loved this post as well as so many others!

Rayna M. Iyer said...

@ themadmomma - thank you for stopping by. Kids are incredible, aren't they?

Rayna M. Iyer said...

@ Jen - I totally agree with you. If people are as literal as that, they deserve what they get.


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