“When a child first catches adults out—when it first walks into his grave little head that adults do not always have divine intelligence, that their judgments are not always wise, their thinking true, their sentences just—his world falls into panic desolation. The gods are fallen and all safety gone. And there is one sure thing about the fall of gods: they do not fall a little; they crash and shatter or sink deeply into green muck. It is a tedious job to build them up again; they never quite shine. And the child’s world is never quite whole again. It is an aching kind of growing.” – John Steinbeck, East of Eden
The above quote is so very true – and whether your god’s fall at 4 or at 40 – the pain, the helplessness, the despair fills your being. I guess it’s harder at 40 than at 4 – for the longer you believe in certain people, the longer you trust them, the stronger is the bond…
So for all the parents out there – live by the values you teach your kids.
Make them strong – for when they fall – they know how to get up, dust off, and move on! I thank my mother Neelam for making me who I am – as a daughter, and now as a mother myself!