Children say many things that make us laugh, or think, just because it’s innocent and come straight from their heart. While I was doing the usual volunteer routine in the orphanage last weekend, I overheard a conversation between two boys around the age of seven and eight, one of them was recently orphaned and was sent to the orphanage because his immediate family could not afford to take him in. He was crying for some reason, and another boy came to him and comfort him. More or less, this is what I heard:
Nathaniel: Why are you crying?
Jason : God take everything away from me. First he took Ah Pa, and now he let them take jie jie away from me. I hate him! Nobody likes me, that is why they send me here. Nobody wants me. I’m alone here.
Nathaniel:They say God make people die because he wants them to accompany him in heaven…we should feel happy for them.
Jason : If I am happy for them, who will be happy for me? I have nobody now. They take my jie away also…
The boy continued sobbing as the other watched him silently, trying to figure out how to comfort him. Obviously, children are not so good at comforting each other the way adult does. They do it in their own little way.
Nathaniel: I don’t think anyone is happy for us here…but you have me. I’m here. I want you here.
Nathaniel: Yes, really. I won’t leave you. We’re friends.
Jason: Can I hug you?
Nathaniel: Of course, you’re my friend. Friend hug and listen to each other.
The voices fades away as their conversation became quite unintelligible to me. While others may say that their conversation is not worth mentioning, but to me, it’s something that makes me think, because quite awhile after I overheard their conversation, I learn that the boy who was called Jason was upset not only because of his father’s death, but also her elder sister being taken away from him because she was adopted by a family who wanted a daughter. Nathaniel, on the other hand, lost both of his parents in an accident in just one day. It was said that Nathaniel miraculously survived with only a broken leg in an accident that took both of his parents away.
What touches me is the way the elder boy offer comfort and friendship to a younger boy who is upset when he himself probably have a grief of his own. I’m sure as hell that the elder boy haven’t got over his parents’ death yet, and he’s just putting a brave front.
As I remembered about these two boys I encountered last week, I wonder how many of us can sincerely offer friendship with a shoulder to cry on as well as ears to listen when our friends have problems? In the adult world, almost everything is realistic and materialistic. Real friends who will be there to comfort you when things go wrong as well as lend you an ear when you need someone to listen to you is hard to come by. Hell, some friends even shied away from you when you need help. Not to mention friends who back stab one another to get what they want.
As I remembered the two boys, I silently prayed for their friendship to last, and for God to let them remain children a little longer before they are corrupted by the unscrupulous and materialistic world of adult.
Cleffairy: Children can be cruel, but they also say the sincerest things.