So the week before the Tale of Mr. Poonawala & Ganga Datt, lil Mikhail’s Aunt loved the sermon narrated at church, so much, that she thought she would share it with the family at home.
Loudly, she orated the story of the Rotten Potatoes to her mum, sis, aunt and daughters, while lil Mikhail, who was not yet 2, listened intently trying to understand what his aunt was speaking. She said
“A kindergarten teacher decided to let her class play a game.
The teacher told each child in the class to bring along a plastic bag containing a few potatoes.
Each potato will be given a name of a person that the child hates. So the number of potatoes that a child will put in his/her plastic bag will depend on the number of people he/she hates.
So when the day came, each child brought some potatoes with the name of the people he/she hated. Some had 2 potatoes; some 3 while some up to 5 potatoes. The teacher then told the children to carry with them the potatoes in the plastic bag wherever they go (even to the toilet) for 1 week.
Days after days passed by, and the children started to complain due to the unpleasant smell let out by the rotten potatoes. Besides, those having 5 potatoes also had to carry heavier bags. After 1 week, the children were relieved because the game had finally ended…
The teacher asked: “How did you feel while carrying the potatoes with you for 1 week?”. The children let out their frustrations and started complaining of the trouble that they had to go through having to carry the heavy and smelly potatoes wherever they go.
Then the teacher told them the hidden meaning behind the game. The teacher said: “This is exactly the situation when you carry your hatred for somebody inside your heart. The stench of hatred will contaminate your heart and you will carry it with you wherever you go.
If you cannot tolerate the smell of rotten potatoes for just 1 week, can you imagine what is it like to have the stench of hatred in your heart for your lifetime???”
Moral of the story:
Throw away any hatred for anyone from your heart so that you will not carry sins for a lifetime.
Forgiving others is the best attitude to take!”
Hearing Aunt Giselle repeat the word “potato” lil Mikhail suddenly disappeared and just as the story ended came back from the kitchen handing out a potato to Aunt Giselle with the biggest giggle and smile of accomplishment on seeing exuberant voices praise him.
Moral of the story ‘Children learn what they live’
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Further Reading :
How Children Learn
A baby or infant learns about the world through the senses. From about two until seven years old the child starts to develop the ability to reason and think, but is still self-centred. After the age of about seven a child usually becomes less self-centred and can look outside themselves. By the age of 12 most children can reason and test out their ideas about the world.
This means that with younger children we need to personalise and give examples which relate to themselves, whereas older children need help to make sense of the world around them. This also means that children must be at the right stage of learning. For example younger children are ready to learn about numbers, colours and shapes but are not ready for abstract grammatical rules.
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