Little Hima: Atte, are you angry with me?
I nod as a ‘no’
Atte, I simply scolded you, for not telling ABC when I was playing teacher-teacher.... it was just for playing, ok?
Atte, am I a bad girl?
I nod again, trying to smile
Atte, why are you crying? Are you not well?
Atte, don’t cry.... did thatha-ajji scold you?
Atte, did mava scold you or fight with you?
She looks at D and scolds him that he is making me cry.
I nod again, tell her that he didn’t do anything, wiping my tears and trying to smile....
Atte, don’t cry ok?
She gets a towel and wipes my cheeks; I give a bigger smile...
She looks at the book in my hands,
Atte, did your boss scold you because you didn’t read the book?
I nod, take her on my lap, hug her and start laughing...
I show her the book in my hand - ‘A Thousand Splendid Suns’ and tell her that I was crying over the characters in the novel.... she’s all the more confused, she can’t comprehend that someone can cry reading something.... and I just smile at her innocence... Why can't everything be just as innocent in the world?