Wednesday, 13 June 2012

おもちゃ – Toys


The other week, we had friends from overseas staying with their toddler. I love kids, but it’s the first time I’ve spent so much time with one. It was refreshing to see the world through the eyes of a child who is yet to distinguish between different cultures; everything was a toy. Everyday brought a new discovery, like pushing the fly screen – finding it more pliable than glass and testing both, over and over. Toddlers become engrossed in something without a care about those around them. They are also easily distracted. Adults should always have a child-like curiosity, but they must not be easily engrossed in or distracted by the technologically advanced “toys” that have made our work and lives more convenient. When it’s a child, it’s cute.

The Japanese version first appeared in the June 2012 issue of the goodspeed monthly newsletter.

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