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The Wisdom Of Children

Posted by on 21 March 2010
twins reading together

The twins 'reading' together (in this photo: one of my Tintin comic books in French)

On The Brain

A few weeks ago, the twins picked out a book about the skeletal system from the National Library. I’ve read it to them a couple of times, simplifying the explanation as much as possible. At one time, I saw them poring over the book while having this discussion.

Twin2: Abang, yang ni skull. (Big brother, this is the skull.)

Twin1: A-ah. Dalam skull ada brain. (Yes. Inside the skull is the brain.)

Twin2: Kena careful kan? Nanti, kalau skull pecah, brain boleh terkeluar. (We must be careful, right? Because if the skull gets broken, the brain might get exposed.)

Twin1: A-ah. Nanti tak boleh fix. (Yes. And when that happens, it can’t be fixed anymore.)

Nasi Lemak with Ikan Bilis

Nasi lemak with ikan bilis

On The Origins Of Anchovies

We were having nasi lemak at home the other day. Nasi lemak is rice cooked with coconut milk and served with — at its most basic — hard-boiled eggs, ikan bilis (crispy fried anchovies), and sambal (chili). While munching on the ikan bilis, Twin2 suddenly turned to me with a thoughtful look on his face.

Twin2: Mama, ikan bilis is baby tadpoles (sic), right?

RoundBoy at the water slide circa 2007

RoundBoy attempting the waterslide in 2007

On Fear

Yesterday, DH and I took the children to the swimming pool, where RoundBoy expressed regret over previously being afraid of the waterslide.

RoundBoy: Mama, when I was small, like when I was 6 or 7, I was scared of the water slide. But not anymore. I just realised how much fun I’ve been missing just because I was scared!

Great insight from an 8-year old, don’t you think?

I hope you’re all having a wonderful weekend, everyone!

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