Our kids have it all, but are they smarter

2015-05-07 06:00
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Some kids are real smart. I mean real smart. And this is what I like about them. You get to talk to them, and you get the response you like. Not that one that will put you off; like you off beat.

But the one that will make you talk, and enjoy a nice conversation. Do you like a mature and stimulating conversation? I certainly do. You get them rare these days, especially with some kids.

So I saw this kid in front of me. We were in a queue. She had some earphones on. I looked at her head. I expected it to be bobbing. You know like when they listen to some music?

Their heads will be bobbing. But this kid’s wasn’t. But she kept on touching it. I don’t know why. Queues can be annoying, especially if you are in a chaotic one, like the one we were in.

But to calm tempers I cracked a joke. And this kid laughed. So she was not listening to music. I wondered why she had earphones on. But I did not ask her that. Instead I asked her which Grade she was in.

She said grade 12. She looked young for that. They do these days, don’t they? Only they do not seem to accompany it with intelligence. Excuse my prejudice. But that is how it seems to me.

Some don’t seem to deserve to be where they are. And I wondered whether that kid was the same. You see, I am a curious person by nature. Once I get into a conversation with you, I don’t let go that easy. I probe. And I probe until I get what I want. And I did that with that kid. After all the queue was moving slow. And what better way to kill time than to engage in some conversation with some kid?

I asked her what she wanted to be in life. She said a lawyer. I asked why. She said because she wanted to represent people. I asked her whether she had read Tony Leon’s autobiography On the Contrary? She said no and asked who that was. I said a former leader of the DA before Helen Zille. She did not seem to recall. I guess she was young for that. How we take things for granted! I said he was a lawyer. I said if she wanted to be a lawyer, she should read books written by lawyers. And Tony’s was one of the books she should read. I recommended it because I am reading it right now.

And I tell you, I am God-smitten. It is one of the best books I have read this year. It is the history of SA from a different perspective. Stay positive

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