It is no wonder that the world, at one time came up with the concept of having a Guru. I wonder when it all began, but whenever it did, I am so glad it did!!!
The reason is simple. Now that my little boy has begun learning his ABC's and 123's, I have to make an honest attempt to sit down with him so he learns it. It all began with enthusiasm, like many other first-times. Excitement to buy his first set of crayons, pencils and erasers. Hunting down good books with which I could 'educate' my child. And, I was ever so confident that he would pick up everything in a jiffy. Boy, was I wrong!! No, don't read me wrong here. Not like he has some sort of a learning disability. But each time we sit for our learning sessions, I remember my parents. I really do. How in the blue blazes did they get me this far?
Recognizing the alphabet and numbers came easily and very long ago. In fact, I think most kids learn that pretty soon. But today, when he writes H instead of A and makes 12 look like a duck drowning in water, after a good 6 months or more of him learning to write, it ticks me off! He even has a big red book that he got as a gift from a good friend which has loads of writing, reading and coloring exercises. I sit with him to work on it. I really do, I promise. But, by the 13th minute into us writing B for the 15th time and still drawing a big fat lady instead, it can be really frustrating.
So, well, I am not saying I am worked up about the fact that he is not learning things. He is. Just at his own pace. Just like every other child. It is not like he is going to face his Bachelor's Degree examinations in two months, right?! Thinking of which - Teachers, professors, mentors, guides, gurus or whatever name you want to call them - are certainly a blessing to this society. I know its nothing new I am saying here. But, when you get to this stage of parenting is really when you realize how much people of this profession mean to this world. Thank god for teachers for otherwise I'd be having my Blood Pressure skyrocketing every time I saw ABC!