My little cousin sister is snoring as I see her lying in my bed and my heart becomes heavy and my smile fades away when I realize that this little baby is my guest for only a couple of days. She is my mommy’s sister’s daughter; it makes her my first cousin and they live in Dubai. My aunt is here for a short period of time to spend some time with us. My cousin sister is only 6 and half years old and though there is a major age-difference between us yet we get along together so well. She is always around me with an intention to have fun. She isn’t a Barbie girl who would like fairy tales instead she is an imaginative gal who thinks I am a vampire because I have pointed canines and is always interviewing me so that she can get a clue to break the news to the world that vampires do exist and she found the first very real-vampire under her nose. She possesses an intriguing personality with which she is able to knock me off and amaze me with her intelligence and brains. In my upcoming posts, may be I will talk more about my conversations with her. There is a reason behind why am I sharing this:
1) To learn what a little kid has got to teach us.
2)To learn to be confident, blunt and honest without over-posing to be super-good or please others.
3)To enjoy humor.
4)To educate ourselves regarding the present generation – the outcome of 21st Century.
Time to share one of her stories!! She was sitting on the sofa playing some video games on her portable game box (what they call XBOX 360) and I couldn’t tolerate this beauty sitting and enjoying the company of the stupid dumb box so I started tickling her. I didn’t attack her once at a sudden otherwise she would have been annoyed instead I started rubbing the sole of her foot and there she smiled with a murmur, “Don’t do it, Naima.” I ignored the murmur and continued to tickle her for a short period of time and after all, my goal was accomplished. She moved from the sofa and went in my room to play the game. I followed her and lay with her in the bed and then I started tickling her belly. For a while she succeeded in ignoring me but after sometime it was difficult for her to overlook my gestures and she shut the game-box down and sat in bed screaming as if she has seen some dead-end. I politely asked her what was the matter and she gave me that hideous look and I resisted my laughter so that I can play along more. From then on, she started a conversation and that is what I am going to state like a dialogue-script. Her name is Soha and I will address her with the alphabet “S” and I will use “N” for myself.
S: What is your problem, Naima?
N: My problem? You kidding me? What are you here for? Playing games?
S: That is none of your business – I love to play games.
N: Forget about my business baby; I love you.
S: What? Baby? I am not one and half-year old Naima. I am a big girl. [Her expressions were worth it – I broke out laughing before my response]
N: Gosh Soha, you are a baby for me no matter how big girl you think you are!
S: Don’t call me baby; I am warning you.
N: Then what should I call you sweetheart?
S: Sweetheart??? I am not your boy-friend.
N: BOY-FRIEND? What’s that? Who told you about it?
S: [Evil Laugh] I told you, I am a big girl.
N: I am serious Soha, who told you about that?
S: I know it by myself like I learnt to whistle and burp.
N: What? Should I tell your mom??
S: Naima!!! Please Please. [Batting her lashes and bribing me with her charming eyes for keeping my mouth shut– again expressions worth mentioning.]
N: What please? You can not bribe me with your smile.
S: Oh, I kind of [the word she uses in every sentence] know it myself – I *pinky promise*
N: [I pass her a silent stare while she continues to smile bashfully.]
S: Okay Okay.. I just assumed that when we are big, we need to have a boy-friend so we can marry him.
N: Disgusting!! You talking about marriage?
S: [A shy laugh] I know it is *YUCKY*.
Before I could continue with the conversation, I broke into a laugh and her innocent expressions made me go crazy. I know that this is 21st century but I do not expect all this coming from little kids – may be their friends and companions are all one and the same. She does not watch television excessively[her mother does not let her exceed an hour and the channel she watches is CARTOON NETWORK or NICKELODEON at times], her mum is a super-mom who would do anything to protect her from the bad company and what not yet she knows everything about this *BOY-FRIEND* stuff – this sent shivers down my spine thinking of how conscious would I have to be when I will be a *MOTHER*.
Today in this fast-paced world, the media is influential and we are unable to realize where it is leading our young generation. The influence is spread far and wide and the influence seems contagious; I must say mother’s four eyes[as they claim – one invisible pair of eyes at the back] in the present era doesn’t seem enough to look after their kids so what does that mean? Mothers need to buy more pair of eyes but from where?? It seems like these kids are innocent but once they start babbling the innocence evaporates leaving an absurd impression and my mum is always telling me and my little cousins about my childhood tales when she sees her little niece to be much cleverer than what I am even right now. According to my mommy[after talking to her nieces for several days], I am innocent and naive even at the age of 18 if compared to kids of 21st century though I have no idea if it really is the truth.
everything is cute here your writing, and kids too …..lemme know when the truth comes out – that vampire do exists hahahah 🙂
I think I am not a vampire but she ain’t the first kid to doubt me – whenever I smile, the” observational-insects” like kids do question me about them; she was the first one to call me a vampire though but cause sunlight doesn’t harm me so she feels disappointed! Lol.
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cute 🙂 ❤ ❤
Thank you so much for dropping by and finding the time to comment!
Hmm.. you never know about this generation.. they are super smart. 🙂
You are so right!! They are super smart!!
By the way, ya are a super-cheat; you started your comment with “HMMMM” – that’s what I do??Lol. 😀
Anyway, thank you for your comment!
hahaha .. you’re super insecure 😀
Why would I not be if some writer would be cheating on the other?? Lol.
Get it copyrighted .. LOL 😀
Well, you are my friend na – YOU CAN USE IT 😀
I would be concerned….wondering how it is that she came by the “knowledge”….too young, still and innocent age even this new generation….I feel. Perhaps speak fu rther as a friend with love
Yeah, I try to correct her various times acting like a friend. We get along like friends so she ain’t shy to share things with me like kids feel the hesitation to talk to their moms so she can come to me and blurt out what new she learns – this way I warmly can work out and work to strengthen the positive side of her!
Thank you for your comment 🙂
You are so very right Naima. All the eyes in the world are not enough. Goodness I adore you. My kids were kept very ‘young’ while I home schooled them. When the decision was made to put them in school 1 yr ago I had to ‘educate’ them on many things they did not previously know. It is a shame that modern life is very much too fast paced in many ways. They cannot remain innocent because it is far too dangerous to send sweet innocent kids ou the door of our homes anymore. Love ya hon. Hope you have a Great visit with her. ❤
I can not agree more with you on this point how they have to be taught all this in order to train them to be step in step with the world but this technology and advancement do have many influences cause my mommy is like my childhood was all filled with innocence and sweetness and your childhood may be filled with even more sweetness – the time brings much more advancement within itself!! I am sure grannys love to tell stories to their grand children about their mother’s childhood and then the questionnaire starts right away! Whenever my granny talk to Soha regarding her mother’s childhood; she picks up on anything and starts asking questions – goodness; she asks hell of a questions. I think every child does in today’s world!
Love you too! Have a good evening.
With much love to you and your family;
Absolutely right,Naima!!!!!Children are heavily influenced by advertising..They tend to emulate what they see on TV…I heard that 80% of their behaviour is a learned behaviour…Anyway, great message!!!!Keep writing..
I know, what you mean when you say it! The generation is moving at the pace of the moving bullet and that at times fright me cause it is destructive at times! Same is the case with Soha, she is innocent and she even didn’t know what she is saying yet the world around her is so fast that to keep up with her; she needs to act a bit over efficient!!
Thank you for your comment and time for reading!
With much love,
Yeah, This Gen Kids are smart and moms are innocent :). Btw, Soha is cute.
Yeah, ya are right!! These generation kids are way too smart and all the time they are fighting their innocence to keep up with the fast track of this world! The home schooling before the child is enrolled in the school plays an important part yet they are influenced in one way or the other cause moms can not accompany them all the time and protect them in their own shells – of course the dragon would try to harm them and then they have to make an effort themselves for their personal safeguard! When I heard it from her about the boy friend, I was stunned for a while but then I had to deal her! I didn’t know about this until I was 15 and I got to knew about this term *boy-friend* when I saw my best friend’s date for the very first time – in high school!! That amazed me how a second grader can know it and she was so blunt to talk about it!!
I know Soha is super-cute!! But what do you mean, B?? Am I not cute?? Lol. Anyway, jokes apart, she really is cute and I love ehr to bits for her over-efficient innocence!!
Thank you for your comment.
You are cute too :). Btw, what are boyfriends and girlfriends?? Do they really exists 😉
Yeah, I think so! My friends call their dates a boy friend or girl friend! Rest I do not know!
Their definitions are still different. Sometimes my girls will say something & I think OMG! Then – I pry a bit more – playing dumb & find out that they are not as warped as I thought they were.
Exactly! Their definitions vary from time to time and all you have to do is act all innocent to let them come out of their shell! I think kids of this century makes you go OMG more often!! LOL.
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The first paragraph is so sweet and descriptive.
I have a cousin named Naima by the way!
Thank you so much for your comment and appreciation; I always am grateful to you for dropping by and finding the time to comment!
That’s so WOW! People say my name is unique and wherever I go I am always complimented for my name; I am sure your cousin must be as great as me. Lol. Just kidding!
Have a good evening.
She and you all look as though you could be cast from porcelain with lace wings! Cranky Steve
Hey Steve!! Thank you for dropping by and leaving a comment!!
Well, I am sure we are too angelic! 😀
I *blah blah* so much at times!!
Ah! Kids these days…. I wonder where they get this stuff from, even if you were to shut them in a closet, they would know it all… as if by some revelation. … I remember my 6 year old cousin asking me “Is she your girlfriend?” when he saw a photo of me and a girl, I was like,”What? pft pbt pft pbt,…. WHERE DID YOU GET THAT FROM?”………….
btw, Cute cousin! It’s cousins like these which make me love all the kids in the world! 😀
Oh my my.. That so happened with me the other day! I had a picture with a guy but my cousin didn’t ask me anything. Just after a while I was talking to one of my friends and she came to me and was like if I was talking to the same guy from the photograph who might be my boy-friend! Goodness! I was like stunned and then I just turned her down and explained her everything after the conversation ended on the phone call!
Thank you, she really is cute. I think all kids are cute!! Thank you for finding the time to leave the comment 🙂
Hi Naima…I think this may be one of your better stories.!! Young kids today have so many outside influences. Parents need to hold on to as much as they can, because these other influences will definitely impact them. After all, everyone is a product of their environment! Cute kids too…all of them. Not you though Naima…you’re not a kid.!!! You’re still cute though!
Hey Howard! It is always great to see you in here, reading and commenting – I feel superb with your participation in feedback!
You are so right! Kids need that extra pampering now a days so that they don’t mislead as they should be the babbling bumble bees so they can speak out loud for what they have done!
Oh yeah, I am not a kid and these kids are super-cool with a lot of cuteness blended together! Did you just say I am cute?? Ahem Ahem[Clearing throat].. Thank you so much.. Lol 😀
You also be well!!
nice read…seems to me she’s pretty bright as well. must run in the genes:)
If from the point of *GENES* you meant *ME* then thank you for complimenting me indirectly 😉
Yeah, she have got good brains! Impressive, she is along with her cuteness!!
Hope everything is good at your end!
Very cute conversation! As I do very much like to conversate with Kids, and to get inspiration from them. I have written one conversation but between the adult me and the child me, I don’t like it so much, so I did not want to publish them. I would like to see more conversation between you and your niece =)!
She is so adorable!
I would love to see that conversation being published, may be we all can learn from how to never let go off the kid within us! I think we always hold onto the kid within us but at times we forget it and that is the time we might mislead when our soul ain’t in contact with our innocence!
Anyway, it was a cute conversation! Kids really are inspiring! I can agree no more on how adorable she is!!! Ultra cute and sweet!!
Thank you for your comment! 🙂
What a sweet story, and you touched on some really good points here. I am again so thrilled with how close you are to your family and how much love goes around all of you! What an amazing blessing……
You are so intuitive and big hearted, Naima….dont ever lose either!
Very much love to you always….
Thank you very much for a beautiful and lively comment! I am blessed to have you in my life, your love makes me feel like a family 🙂
Adorable kids, including you !
And those are some wonderful things you have listed that can be learnt from babies. You are right. Over the course of life, we often tend to unlearn/forget/undervalue what is most important in life- being ourselves. The first thing to lose is innocence, as part of growing up ( I can conclude that looking at myself 😦 ).
Its not bad to be innocent and naive at the end of teenages. And for some specific people ( like our parents, siblings and cousins ) we may as well should be naive for the rest of our lives. Love basically is naive, if you ask me. It is without skepticism and irony. Being naive is also about confidence- that I will be positive even in the face of a world full of opportunists.
That said, I would however, understand if your mother says that you are a baby yourself. She knows of the world we live in and wants you to be ready for that.
Finding the right balance between innocence and understanding, as it turns out, would be the key to a good development of personality.
PS- Sorry if I am sounding preacy. But its just that I love babies myself and when someone writes about it, I am not able to control my emotions 🙂
Lovely post. And amazing pictures.
Hey ya, I love your long comments. Always extra excited to what you have got to say so nothing as “PREACHY” I felt while reading your comment instead I like your habit of sharing your words to let us earn some experience from what you have got to say!
I am sure we all remain kids for our parents but at times the innocence needs to be eliminated or we have to pay a very bog price – I have paid that price many times and that’s why my mommy is particular about me and not my siblings when it comes to innocence. But keeping it there is a good way to let the kid inside you come out ans play with the world.
I can not agree anymore on how ya explain *LOVE* being naive! It really is about confidence cause you actually love the person you are!!
Thank you so much for your “THUMBS UP” comment, if it was the Facebook interface, I would have hit the LIKE button for million times yet it would have counted as ONE VOTE (how mean of FACEBOOK.. LOL)
Thank you for calling me and the babies adorable, that makes your adorable yourself, dear!!
With love and blessings,
I love this story! 🙂 Kids are very knowing these days…but you know, they are probably a lot more observant than we are – all I wanted to be growing up was a ‘big’ girl, so I was super cued into stuff they did went they didn’t notice me looking 😉 Cool that you and your cousin get along so well.
How you doing? Hope everything is good at your end. You are so right, kids are way too observant now a days, at times we have to be extra careful! Lol.
Oh my my.. I guess every kid desires to get a “BIG” word though I do not get the concept!
Thank you so much for your lovely comment.
I didn’t know my friend is a vampire!!! 🙂
We still do pinky promise no crosses included and my babies are now 18 and 15!!
I really am not, what makes me wonder is why she thinks like that!
Aww.. ya have grown up babies but *pinky promises* have been a trend since ages for all ages, isn’t it 😉
AnElephantCant help but notice that there are a lot of cute young ladies in this blog!
Awww… AnElephantCan’t is adorable herself!!!
Love you loads,
Well, all I can say is watch out for that direct sunlight.
it looks like there is lots of love for everyone in your family!
Thank you for your lovely comment! How can FAMILY be a FAMILY without “love” eh?
Love and blessings,
This is a cute story Naima, I know you heard the saying out of the mouths of babes. It is not hard for kids to pick up things. The game she plays with may even be educating her on things she’s not ready to understand. Her knowledge of vampires is amazing. What your little cousin was doing was opening a door to learn from her cousin who is more her age then her mother or aunt. This was your opportunity to stop her curiosity. Her classmates will give her misinformation and further fuel her curiosity. Adults tend to be uncomfortable when it comes to these subjects and tend to tell children they are too young to talk about theses subjects. So they will talk to their friends and won’t feel they can come to you when they want answers.
That said enjoy your time with your little cousin.
I understood what ya mean from how other children can misinform little children! Yeah, she might not feel comfortable around her mother or aunt because of they are so-called big adults but I am like friends with her and the way she open up with me, she doesn’t with everybody! All I did at that time was to tell her that these things doesn’t result in anything instead all they create in our lives is a big chaos. She tends to have better understanding skills, with my expressions, she already knew it wasn’t good to talk about the subject!!
Thank you for your lovely comment!!
Hugs right back,
You’re welcome. It is a wonderful thing when children want to communicate with you. You have a chance to mold their little minds. Try not to sleep all day. Vampires miss so many sunrises and sunsets. 😉
I really am not a vampy!! I hope I can justify that soon despite of the pointed canines I possess!
Communication is a great way of convincing – age doesn’t really matter if you are good at those skills!!
I don’t believe in vampires of the real kind. Just jesting.
I know 🙂
Gehahahaha! Even me too had such kind of thoughts, when I was in 4th or 5th grade. 😀 😉 I think it was all because of the immature cells inside my lil brain at that time or may be some views I had via media or movies or something. Nice to know about your cute gal and her widely extended thoughts, Naima. 🙂 🙂
I now know why you have such an expert hand when it comes to romantic poetry cause may be you were always too observant! Lol.
Thank you for your comment. It is always lovely to hear from you!!
Hahahahahah! I’m really laughing out loud for that humorous comment, Naima. 😀 😛 Am I that much romantic? 😛
Cute kids, pretty you and sweet piece of write-up 🙂 Keep up !!
Awwww Zinal, thank you so much!! Thank you for dropping by and having time to leave me a beautiful comment as yourself!!
PS– Your blog was awesome, I had fun exploring it!! 🙂
hehe 🙂 Thanks a bunch.. Your blog, for your age, is pretty awesome. Places to go, girl 🙂
Aww.. You are so kind and sweet to say that Zinal 🙂
beautiful and very considerate post Naima! Kids of today a re supersmart and moms have a toll on running behind them ..I have a just turned teen son and so ..so many mood swings and frustrations I watch here everyday.. I never had been like this and sometimes it leaves us shocked to see the children so withourt realisation
I know what ya mean, mood swings and frustrations – my mommy complains the same about me and my brother though I don’t think I am moody but my brother is! I am more hyper or ya can say short-tempered and my mum doesn’t like it at all. She is often explaining it to me but it comes on its own so I work on my dark side to improve and keep my mommy happy!!!
Kids of today’s age really are super smart but according to my mom, I am innocent as compared to my brother. She says I need to learn to be sharp while handling with people and I have no idea what more she says about me and when she saw hr little niece talking so much, she really was looking at me with those innocent eyes to explain me that she was a brand new AK47 to shot us with her bullet fast questions!! Yet, we all love this sweetheart and her curiosity and immaturity needs to be tackled with wisdom!!
I can understand hw ur mom feels,every mom gets insecure wth her daughter,and so am gng to be when my little one grows up..I do know ur very emotional and open hearted ,,as well simplethat makes ur mummy more worried for u..
I expected such a response!! A mommy can only understand the other mommy and my mom is always like when ya become a mom yourself only then can you understand what goes through my mind!!
I hope you and your family is doing well!!
Ya! fine here.
Glad to know that!! 🙂
It only takes one child to gain some knowledge because a parent failed to be attentive, then they pass this knowledge to all the other children who then pretend they have direct experience of it.
I agree but the environment is not too good now a days, even little kids tend to know everything!
That is true, and often the knowledge can be wrong.
I agree a billion times !
Your cousins are cute! I love the picture of both Soha and you! 🙂 and about your post? Wonderful as usual. Don’t ever stop writing! A lot of people out there gets to learn a lot through your posts, and I am one of them 🙂
Awwww… You are such a sweetheart to say that, Preety!! 🙂
You are beautiful and you make people around you feel beautiful with your presence, what a true gem you are! May GOD bless you!
You are really pretty, Naima 🙂