Yesterday, I took Nandita to visit Karuna Vihar Special School as part of her review of our work (Nandita D’Souza is a brilliant developmental pediatrician who runs Sethu, a centre like ours in Goa).
We got there early enough to see the children arriving, all happy and eager to greet their teachers before starting the new day.
Some of them had important things to tell their teachers:
while others were busy having fun with their friends:
It was a typical school morning. It was just the Assembly that got to me a little.
Every child – whether she could speak or not – was invited to come up and share something with the rest of the school. It could be as complex as explaining that Papa had brought ten bananas yesterday or as simple as declaring that today is Wednesday.
Today is Wednesday.
And tomorrow will be Thursday.
Very simple things, celebrated at Karuna Vihar, become profound.
Today is Wednesday. Tomorrow will be Thursday. Think about that the next time you feel anxious or stressed.
The simplicity of what our children know and what they believe is important enough to be shared is a clue to understanding the universe. We make plans for next year; we invest for our retirement. We worry about the future; we regret the distant past.
Yet at Karuna Vihar, today is Wednesday. Tomorrow will be Thursday. A whole world in 48 hours. Time enough and world.