Children truly have a unique way of looking at the world. With their unwavering honesty and natural curiosity, they often find themselves in interesting situations. Adults may sometimes find it challenging to understand, but it’s important to remember that children are just being themselves. One teacher had a memorable experience during a “show-and-tell” presentation on the topic of birthing. This heartwarming story, which has become a favorite on social media, perfectly captures the innocence and wisdom of children.
The story begins with a grammar school teacher reflecting on her 15 years of teaching experience. Show-and-tell is typically a chance for children to share something special with their classmates. Usually, it involves things like pet turtles, model airplanes, or pictures of fish they caught. The teacher never sets any boundaries or limitations on what the children can bring, as she believes in fostering their self-expression.
One day, a bright and outgoing girl named Erica took her turn during show-and-tell. She waddled up to the front of the class with a pillow stuffed under her sweater. Holding up a snapshot of an infant, she introduced her baby brother, Luke. What followed was a charming and amusing explanation of how Luke came to be.
According to Erica, her parents made Luke as a symbol of their love. Her father then put a seed inside her mother’s stomach, and Luke grew there for nine months, nourishing himself through an “umbrella cord.” As Erica acted out her mother’s experience, the class watched in awe and amusement.
Erica described her mother’s labor in a comical yet endearing way. She imitated her mother’s groaning and walking around the house, providing a vivid portrayal of the events. When the middle wife (midwife) arrived, Erica mimicked the process of her mother lying down and the “bag of water” bursting, complete with sound effects. The kids couldn’t help but be captivated by her storytelling skills.
Finally, Erica concluded her presentation by taking a bow and returning to her seat. The teacher couldn’t contain her applause – it was undoubtedly the most memorable show-and-tell experience she had ever witnessed. Since that day, she always carries her camcorder on show-and-tell days, hoping to capture another moment as magical as Erica’s storytelling.
This heartwarming story reminds us of the innocence and wisdom of children. It’s easy to underestimate their understanding of the world, but they have a remarkable ability to make sense of complex topics in their own unique way. Erica’s explanation of childbirth is a testament to the power of imagination and the beauty of seeing things through a child’s eyes.
If you enjoyed this heartwarming story, here’s a bonus story that carries a beautiful message:
“When God created Woman, he was working late on the sixth day. An Angel came by and asked, ‘Why spend so much time on her?’ The Lord answered, ‘Have you seen all the specifications I have to meet to shape her?’
‘She must function in all kinds of situations. She must be able to embrace several kids at the same time, have a hug that can heal anything from a bruised knee to a broken heart. She must do all this with only two hands. She cures herself when sick and can work 18 hours a day.’
The Angel was impressed. ‘Just two hands? Impossible! And this is the standard model?’ The Angel came closer and touched the woman. ‘But you have made her so soft, Lord.’
‘She is soft,’ said the Lord, ‘but I have made her strong. You can’t imagine what she can endure and overcome.’
‘Can she think?’ the Angel asked. The Lord answered, ‘Not only can she think, she can reason and negotiate.’ The Angel touched her cheeks. ‘Lord, it seems this creation is leaking! You have put too many burdens on her.’
‘She is not leaking. It is a tear,’ the Lord corrected the Angel. ‘What’s it for?’ asked the Angel. The Lord said, ‘Tears are her way of expressing her grief, her doubts, her love, her loneliness, her suffering, and her pride.’
This made a big impression on the Angel. ‘Lord, you are a genius. You thought of everything. A woman is indeed marvelous.’
The Lord said, ‘Indeed she is. She has strength that amazes a man. She can handle trouble and carry heavy burdens. She holds happiness, love, and opinions. She smiles when she feels like screaming. She sings when she feels like crying, cries when happy, and laughs when afraid. She fights for what she believes in. Her love is unconditional. Her heart is broken when a next-of-kin or a friend dies, but she finds strength to get on with life.’
The Angel asked, ‘So she is a perfect being?’ The Lord replied, ‘No. She has just one drawback.’ ‘She often forgets what she is worth.’” – Author unknown
Both of these stories remind us of the beauty and innocence of children. They also serve as a heartfelt tribute to the strength and resilience of women. Let’s cherish these stories and continue to appreciate the unique perspectives that children offer us.