I remember an event which has an impression on my mind has forced me to think and gave an inspiration to think and teach better , today I would like to share with you ‘ A Conversation between two Innocent Children’.This conversation took place in my neighborhood, two children were playing,I noticed they were discussing about plant and other living things, those two children were brother (Devendra) and Sister (Hritika).Devendra is a student of a student of 4th std and Hritika is studying in Senior KG. They both are smart and intelligent.Let’s see their conversation:
Hritika: Bhaiya( Elder brother) , we should give food to plants also.
Devendra: No, we should not give food to them,because they can make their food on their own.
Hritika: No, how they can make their food ,they have no cooker,no gas,they cannot go to market to purchase the grains how they can make their food ?
Devendra : (Laughing at her innocent little sister)Hritika, plants are living things,they can feel like us ,they also need air like us,and yes for making their food they don’t need to collect grains,for cooking they don’t need gas cylinders or oven ,they need air ,water and sunlight and that they get from nature. They don’t depend on any one for food ,but we all depend on plants.
Hritika: Oh ,plants are living things like us like dog ,cat, then bhaiya ,while we cut them they also experience pain ?
Devendra:Yes they experience….then ……(suddenly he became sad)
Hritika: See,if some one troubles to us we say to our parents or police is there to look after us; who is there to look after these dumb living things ?
Devendra: See we can speak as we humans have skill to speak ,we have a community and we can understand each others language but these animals or plants may have their language which we cannot understand.
Hritika:See plants give us food ,fruits and we should water them ,we should not cut them,they are also living things they have no police station where they can launch their complaint, if we don’t care about them ,they will say in their language that humans are selfish….
Devendra: Hritika , I imagine if sometime it will become possible that plants could speak like us,then they could have spoken who has troubled them…we human could have given justice to them
Hritika: Bhaiya ,do you know we can understand them even though they don’t speak,how you can understand me when I am angry with you….
Devendra: Hritika , I am surprised, you are so sensitive…you are so much taking care of plants….then why you fight with me …I give you toys…chocolates…
Hritika: Bhaiya, you give gifts to me alone but do you know to these plants no one give any special gifts…as you said they need only water and sunlight at least we should provide those basic needs to them.
Devendra: Hritika ,we play a game ….
Hritika: No…..I am busy…now don’t disturb me…
Devendra: Oh….you are busy now….first you listen you will love it…
Hritika: O.k…..tell fast….
Devendra:We will ask daddy to bring two plants of a flower , you will take care of one plant ,I will take care of another plant,let’s see whose plants grow better….
Hritika : O.K ,but first you promise that you will not cry if my plant grow better than you…
Devendra : (Laughs)O.KKKKKKKKKKKKKKKK….