Childhood is the light of our life, we must keep it safe within our hearts. “Stealing Steals Your Peace“. I was in primary two the first time I stole, it was from my mom, #50. I took it to school with the intention of spending it with my friends but I couldn’t. I was subdued by fear, it felt like the police were waiting outside the school gate to arrest me. ” I am a criminal, the whole world will spit on me, they’ll drag me around the street, beat me up and burn me” LOL.
It was break time, the moment to spend the stolen money but I was trembling, couldn’t bring the money out, took all the gallantry in me to get it out of my bag. I managed to give it to my then Best Friend to buy anything with it. Unfortunately, she bought the two for #5 biscuit. Yeh! Plenty contraband! “Why didn’t you buy the #10 per one biscuit?”.
Now I’m definitely going to jail. I didn’t touch the biscuits, too scared to. But my “queenpin” of a friend managed to distribute the biscuits so well without drawing any attention. My mom never noticed the missing money but I wasn’t able to do anything, couldn’t eat, sleep nor play with the other kids. I had to confess before I could get my peace back and that was the first and the last time I took something that wasn’t mine.
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Childhood Is The Light Of Life
“To always show up for my kids”. I learnt that there’s more to parenting than providing your children with every one of their needs. The things that might seem insignificant to the adult is, in fact, a big deal to the child. Be present, be your kid’s biggest fan, spend quality time with them, get to know them, always make out the time to talk to them and when you do, always listen. Things like showing up for PTA meetings, coming to watch them in a church or school drama, and generally being there to celebrate your child in his big day, definitely being there in their worst too.
An absent parent produce kids that grow up with the inability to form healthy relationships, sometimes they become comfortable coming home to an empty house and being alone becomes a thing. “Hold her a little longer, rock her a little more, read her another story, you’ve only read her four. Let her sleep on your shoulder, rejoice in her happy smile. She is only a little girl for such a little while“.
” Respect yourself and others will respect you”. As a child, I have always been encouraged to be myself, to love and respect other people, to be polite, to everyone, not just the people that deserve my respect but taking out the time to listen and pay attention to the concerns and thoughts of others.
Childhood Brings Grace
Being respectful doesn’t mean I have to be perfect, it is knowing and respecting boundaries. Listening to people when they speak, doing the right thing at the right time, considering the feelings of others and simply treating others the way I would like to be treated. Growing up, having regards for other people’s right has saved me from a lot of trouble. “Respect is a two-way street, if you want to get it, you’ve got to give it. #IntelNaija
Please share with me your childhood experience in the comment section. Bless!