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"Daddy," said my
daughter Jinaki from the
back of the car as we
were on our way to
school, "If a fairy is walk-
ing and there are holes in
the ground, then she can
fly up so she will not fall
into the holes."
The drive to and from
Jinaki s pre-school gener-
ally takes between 20
minutes to half-hour each
morning and afternoon,
and many times our con-
versation will be along
such surreal lines. On that
particular morning, we
discussed why fairies
should be walking at all
human, they would have to jump over the holes.
Then, when we had resolved that issue, Jinaki
informed me that she wasn t going to be friends
with Anna that day, she was going to be friends
"Why?" I asked. "Because I didn t want to play
pat-a-cake with Sheneka and I didn t say sorry
and Anna said I should say sorry and she put me
on a pretend time-out but then I got up from the
floor." Which led to another conversation as to
why she obeyed Anna s pretend time-out, me
telling her she should not do what Anna says if
she doesn t want to, and Jinaki eventually explain-
ing to me that they were having a snack and that
was why she sat on the floor.
Now the Anna story could quite possibly have
been just as fantastical as the fairy story. I never
know when Jinaki is telling me something that
actually happened and when she s embellishing.
Imagination is often used by children to deal with
fear and other strong emotions, like anger.
By the time Jinaki was two, for example, I had
started playing fairy tale
videos on YouTube for
her, and her favourite was
always Little Red Riding
Hood. Not only that, but
for over four months
every night I had to tell
her this story before she
went to sleep. And I
realised she liked it pre-
cisely because it was one
of the scarier fairy tales.
"The wolf who locks
grandma in the cupboard
and then runs away from
the woodsman is a pleas-
antly comical figure," says
writer Gerard Jones in his
book Killing Monsters,
"but the wolf who
devours grandma is then
hacked open matches chil-
dren s own imaginative and emotional power and
helps them master the terrifying realities they
already know about life." On this premise, children
who grow up to become violent teenagers and
adults may, contrary to popular belief, not have
been exposed to enough violent films and video
games. After all, middle-class children consume
much more media than working-class ones, yet it
is the latter who are more likely to be delinquent.
Perhaps partly because her Daddy is a story-
teller, Jinaki has a quite active imagination. But I
always try to show her the difference between
imagination and reality, so although we speak a
lot about vampires and zombies and various mon-
sters, she knows that these are creatures that live
in the imagination and do not exist the real
world. If as she gets older she maintains that bal-
ance, then it is to her advantage, because too
much imagination becomes superstition and too
much reality constricts creativity.
For now, though, I can t tell which is what with
her. But her stories always entertain me.
Every bank card swipe cost bank
card holders money.
The consumer who uses his card
to make a dozen transactions a day
pays his bank money for each
swipe. If each swipe cost 75 cents
and is done 12 times a day, 23 day
work days a month, the consumer
pays his bank $207. Meanwhile his
bank pays him 0.15 per cent interest
on his bank account.
Light conquers darkness. No truer les-
son has ever been taught. In a country
where justice is left wanting, immoral
behaviour seems prevalent, and violence
is the order of the day, it is easy to be-
lieve that a dark cloud is hovering over
our beloved country with no sign of dis-
Today is Divali and many will spend
this night lighting deyas to symbolise the
victory of light over darkness. India's
greatest poet, Rabindranath Tagore
wrote, "The night is black. Kindle the
lamp of love with thy life and devotion."
This sums up the essence of Divali.
The darkness around us can only be
alleviated by the lighting of our heart
deyas by meditation and prayers. This
will unlock the divine love stored in our
Let us use Divali and all other religious
holidays to remind ourselves that life is
precious and our existence is more spiri-
tual than physical. Let us meditate and
pray every day. Let us behave right-
eously and lovingly towards one another.
Let your heart deya shine brightly
tonight. Shubh Divali!
Well over 90 per cent of letter writers
to the daily press highlight actions, activ-
ities, policies, happenings and events
that the writers feel are having a net
negative effect on society and he/she
usually goes on to suggest possible
remedies to the situation.
Yes, a lot of us feel that we could build
a better society with greater income
equality, less taxes, more discipline,
greater law enforcement, a speedier judi-
cial process, better roads, more effective
public service, etc. So few of us ever
write to highlight what is right with T&T.
I would like to do so today.
First of all, after 14 months in office I
have not heard one whisper on any cor-
rupt dealings against the current admin-
istration and I would like to commend
the PNM on this most important aspect
of governance. I recently had to renew
my passport and the entire process was
smooth and very efficient and I would
like to say a big thank you to the staff at
the Immigration Office on Frederick
Street who are all very pleasant and
Finally, in walking around the Savan-
nah, up Chancellor Hill and to the track-
ing station in Chaguaramas, you find so
many other citizens greeting you very
warmly, while in recent times I have
struck up very engaging conversations
with strangers in a doubles line, grocery
line, bank line and a tyre shop.
So many of us still manage to retain a
positive outlook and this is just fabulous.
Forget excessive worrying, it fogs out
the sunset and amps up mistrust. Re-
member, the answer to worry is the
same as the answer to fear: direct action.
Get out there with concrete strategies,
action plans and make things happen in
a positive way.
Our existence more spiritual than physical
A positive approach can work wonders
Swipes cost money
MAN & CHILD
A PARENTING COLUMN BY KEVIN BALDEOSINGH
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