Author : Ummu Ramees

Care vs Interference 

Shyla: I hate this. Always “do this, do that, take food, take bath…..”

Maya: Come on, what happened? Why so angry? Whom are you talking about?

Shyla: No yaar. It’s so irritating that I sometimes feel like leaving home. Why doesn’t she understand that it’s my life and I should be free to spend it the way I wish. Leave it. You won’t understand.

Maya: What did you say? I won’t understand!

Shyla:  Yes of course.

Maya: You are mistaken Shyla. I also used to feel the same way as long as my mom was alive. Now that she is not in this world, I know how hard it is to manage my life.

Shyla:  Why? Now you are free to do whatever you want. Your dad always used to support you.

Maya: When mom was there, I used to sleep peacefully at night. I wasn’t bothered about waking up early enough to get ready for school. You must have noticed how often I come late to school these days.

Shyla:  Ya, and you missed some important classes.

Maya: It never happened when mom was there. She was so caring and used to ensure that all of us reached school in time.

Shyla:  But you used to complain that she was very irritating. She wouldn’t allow you to stay awake and watch movies at night, she wouldn’t let you come to school without breakfast and she wouldn’t even let you wear the dress of your choice.

Maya: Yes, you are correct. The care of my mother to ensure proper sleep for me, to maintain my health and not letting me develop bad habits were taken as interference at that time.

Shyla:  Sorry dear. Don’t cry. We have to accept the reality and move forward.

Maya: My regret is I never realized this when she was alive. Now I wish she is there so that I can sleep peacefully. I need not have to bother whether I will hear the alarm and wake up in time. At least I should have realized that she is more experienced and knows the world better than me when she used to deny my silly wishes.

Shyla: That is not possible Maya. We can only pray for her. Those who are dead will never come back.
Maya: Sorry I bothered you. Come on, let’s go to class. I don’t want to miss any lessons. I want to fulfill my mom’s wishes one by one. Only that I could do now.

Activity

List 5 things that your mother does that show her care for you.
Write a thank you note to your mother for all that she does for you.

Riddle

I’m not alive, but I grow;
I don’t have lungs, but I need air;
I don’t have a mouth, but water kills me

What Am I?

Riddle 2

I can be long or short;
I can be grown or bought;
I can be painted or left bare;
I can be round or square.

What Am I?

Riddle 3

’m taken from a mine, and shut up in a
wooden case, from which I’m never released,
and yet I am used by almost every person.
What am I?

Riddle 4

I have keys but open no locks;
I have space but no room;
You can enter, but you can’t go inside.
What am I?

Title: “The Riddling Quest”

In the heart of the kingdom of Eldoria, a brave young adventurer named Aria set out on a quest to
uncover the long-lost treasures hidden deep within the Whispering Woods.
Aria’s journey led her through twisting paths and ruins until she reached the entrance of the Whispering
Woods. The tall trees seemed to whisper secrets as she stepped into the forest. Suddenly, a mysterious
figure emerged – a gatekeeper spirit named Elara.
“Brave Aria, to reach the treasure, you must answer the riddles three,” Elara proclaimed

Riddle 1

I speak without a mouth and hear without ears. I have
no body, but I come alive with the wind.
What am I?
Aria pondered and confidently answered, “An echo!”
Elara nodded approvingly, and the forest echoed with a
melodic chime. Aria continued deeper into the woods,
guided by the guided by the ancient trees

Riddle 2

I can be long or short; I can be grown or
bought; I can be painted or left bare; I can be
round or square.
What am I?
Aria thought carefully and replied, “A rope!”
Once again, the forest resonated with a
harmonious melody. The path ahead became
illuminated, revealing the final challenge.

Riddle 3

I’m taken from a mine, and shut up in a wooden case, from which I’m never released, and yet I am used by
almost every person.
What am I?
Aria’s eyes gleamed with determination as she declared, “Pencil lead!”
Elara applauded, and a hidden doorway appeared, leading Aria to the heart of the Whispering Woods. There,
surrounded by sparkling crystals, stood the legendary chest

The Candy Jar Challenge:

Samantha has a jar full of candies. The number of candies in the jar is a mystery,
but Samantha gives you the following clues:
1. If you divide the candies into 2 equal groups, there will be 3 candies left over.
2. If you divide the candies into 3 equal groups, there will be 2 candies left over.
3. If you divide the candies into 4 equal groups, there will be 1 candy left over.
Can you figure out how many candies are in Samantha’s jar?
Hint: The answer is less than 50. Good luck, little mathematicians!

Fun Facts for January’s Children’s Corner:

1. Snowflake Symphony:

– No two snowflakes are alike! Each snowflake is a unique and intricate ice crystal that forms in the clouds.

2. Winter Olympics Begin:

– January marks the start of the Winter Olympics, where athletes from around the world compete in exciting snow and ice sports.

3. Hot Cocoa History:

– Did you know? The first recorded use of chocolate as a beverage was in the Maya civilization over 2,000 years ago. Today, we enjoy its delicious warmth in the form of hot cocoa during chilly winters.

4. Penguin Parade:

– January is a special month for penguins. It’s their nesting season in the Southern Hemisphere, and many penguin pairs can be seen waddling around, preparing their nests for their chicks.

5. New Year, New Moon:

– The Chinese New Year, also known as the Spring Festival, usually falls in January or February. It is celebrated with colorful parades, dragon dances, and delicious feasts.

6. Arctic Animal Adaptations:

– Animals in the Arctic, like polar bears and Arctic foxes, have thick fur and blubber to keep them warm in the freezing temperatures.

7. Snowy Owl Magic:

– January is a great time for birdwatching, and you might spot the majestic snowy owl, known for its striking white feathers, as it hunts for prey in snowy landscapes.

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