About working hard

Udaipur, India
September 19, 2015 1:30am CST
My four year old grandson was one day being very difficult. He wanted his mother to give him a hundred rupee note, which she naturally refused. He started sulking, and as a grandparent, I felt it was my duty to explain things to him in a manner he could understand. I talked to him about how hard his father worked to earn money. Being an officer in the navy, he was often called upon duty to sail for long periods, had to go on the ship every day, and so on. He listened very patiently and seriously. After pondering over my words for some time in all earnestness, he told me, 'you know Ammamma, I work very hard, really very very hard', with all the emphasis he could muster. He genuinely believed he worked hard enough to deserve the hundred rupees, which he was being denied so unjustl. That got me thinking about how we define work, and that perhaps he was right from his perspective. Right from the time you are born, you have to work hard and keep at it, often when you don't want to. A baby has to work hard to make itself understood, whether it is milk that it wants or the diaper changed. A child has to go to school when all he may want to do is play at home. So also at every stage in life, you have to really struggle and work hard, whether you like it or not. With maturity you learn to like what you do, or at least pretend to yourself and to others that you do
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@marlina (76705)
• Canada
12 Oct 15
A child of 4 years old can not understand the real value of money.
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• Udaipur, India
13 Oct 15
What he understands is real enough for him, I guess!
• Grand Haven, Michigan
21 Sep 15
I have never even pretended to like what I do. If I wasn't such a good worker I'm sure my attitude would have gotten me fired a long time ago lol
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• United States
20 Sep 15
Your grandson is very smart but he does make a valid point that he works hard too LOL
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@gudheart (12742)
19 Sep 15
Life is a struggle even from we are in diapers :D lol
• Udaipur, India
19 Sep 15
And yet, there is this endless quest for happiness
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@gudheart (12742)
19 Sep 15
@Shyamalaa very true, and when people reach their goal they are still not happy.
• Udaipur, India
19 Sep 15
@gudheart such a bundle of contradictions life is, don't you think?
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@dpk262006 (56473)
• Delhi, India
21 Sep 15
Yes, you are right that moment we are born in this world, our struggle starts. Kids also need to work to survive and when they start going to school/college, there is no end to work. Then they start struggling to build up their careers. Then getting a suitable job is another kind of struggle. Life cycle goes on like it. However, coming back to your grand son, it needed to be made clear to him about importance of earning money and how money should be spent and not wasted.
• Udaipur, India
21 Sep 15
Yes. The concept of earning money has to be better explained. But I shall leave the job to his parents now.
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@dpk262006 (56473)
• Delhi, India
21 Sep 15
@Shyamalaa - If his parents has the time to explain him it is fine, else you could explain to him.
• Preston, England
15 Oct 15
to a child everything seems hard work - school learning feels like a day of work - tidying the room instead of playing or watching TV is work, etc. Enterprising of him to want a salary for it though.
• Udaipur, India
15 Oct 15
It once happened when we went to Ocean Park in China. We were looking for plastic raincoats to take part in some water sport. We asked a lady who was carrying one, where they were available. She offered it to us because she had no more use for it. Her 5 year old son looked up at me and said 5 dollars! All of us burst out laughing! Kids can be like that. They don't hesitate to speak their minds.
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