Do you have any particular product that so makes your life easier that your heart blesses the inventor? Mine is Cartoons; especially the good and less scary ones.
Before I became a father, I had spent the first 30 years of my life wondering why so many people liked cartoons. For kids, I could understand but why will an adult like cartoons? Growing up in the nineties was a lot of fun; cartoon was not exactly my thing and outdoor plays were more attractive. Kids from the neighbourhood would come to our playground uninvited and it was always great having them around.
Then, about ten years ago I had my first kid. The first six months were hectic but fun. Probably more fun for me as the “man” than my wife though; hopefully she gets to write her story soon. Those days, I used to go to bed early because of my early-start to prepare for work.
On one particular day, from deep in my sleep, I could hear my baby crying. Sluggishly, I stood up; time was about 2 am. I walked into the other room to realize that no one had slept in the house; baby had been crying all night. She was irritated about something and no one knew what it was.
I joined in the “petting”; sleep was still all over me. Even in my sluggish state, I felt pity for everyone in my house. You could literally see tiredness all over them. Every possible thing that could be humanly done had been done; baby was just irritated about something. After few minutes of trying; I decided to switch on cartoon.
Ten years ago, there was this particular cartoon that had an interesting song for its intro; the song was so catchy and baby friendly. The moment the song hit the airwave, my baby stopped crying. It was as if she had the feeling that another baby was in the room; someone who gets her.
She listened with rapt attention as the song played on for few minutes; you could feel the sigh of relief in the house. You can take a guess about the number of times I replayed that intro. That was the end of episode-1 of my family’s deep love for cartoons.
As months turned into more months for my baby, cartoon characters became her good friends. Oh yes, we screened the cartoons before allowing her watch them though. Anytime she gets restless and her favourite cartoons are switched on, you could obviously see calmness return immediately. The fascinating part of it is the level of focus and attentiveness; the whole family will enjoy some serenity for the time being.
Now, I have got three kids. I am still thankful for cartoons. Once in a while, I walk past when they are watching their favourite cartoons and I wonder about the creativity of the cartoon inventors. I agree that there have to be a good balance but in my house, cartoon is a “live saver”. Sometimes, the threat of denying them their favourite cartoons make the kids read their books; lol.
Anyways, this is my tribute to cartoon inventors; especially the educative ones. Parents, be careful though; there are very destructive cartoons out there.