Kids see what Wise Grown-Ups fail to Notice
One evening I was in a busy street of New Baneswore in Kathmandu. Suddenly I noticed a balloon-seller on a bicycle targeting his trade on little kids. He was really busy. Some kids were with their mothers, and some others were with their fathers. All parents were happily conceding to their kids’ demand of buying the balloons.
Suddenly a middle-aged woman was seen walking with her daughter. Her bodice was tattered. Like all other kids, the small girl also asked her mother to buy a balloon. The mother lamented of not having any money. The girl threw herself on the road and started crying. “I don’t have any money even to buy some rice, how can I get you a balloon,” The mother told her daughter and kept walking. Seeing her mother walking, the girl also followed her, but still crying. What a heart-rending sight…! I was distressed.
Will poverty remain in our country forever? How long would it take to provide the poor with a piece of cloth on their bare bodies, some food in their hungry stomachs, a roof over the homeless ones, education, health and security?
Class: 10, Suryodaya Sai School
*Translated From a letter published in the Kantipur daily on Oct 13.