Children’s Day can be perfunctory (school-kids get a toffee and watch a cartoon in assembly) or educational (kids get to listen to a speech about Chacha Nehru) or, if their school is really creative – it’s a chance for teachers to perform on stage.
But any way you slice it, it’s pretty boring for the kids.
Because kids just want to have fun.
They do not want to sit in assemblies, or listen to speeches or watch their teachers sing and dance.
They want to run.
They want to move.
They want a little drama and the high stakes of a game played for real:
They don’t want to listen to speeches, watch other people having fun on stage or sit on the sidelines while someone else performs.
Children’s Day is for children, yaar!
We hitch a ride on their energy and their unbelievable joy in life – so simple, so uncomplicated – but let’s not highjack their day. It’s theirs.
We have all had our turn. Today is theirs. It belongs to them.
Happy Children’s Day!