‘Masyado kang bata para diyan!’
Two takeaways from my own childhood:
Kids are curious the same way charging trains aren’t gonna change course. I was relentless in finding answers. If I wasn’t getting it from adults, I was gonna get it from somewhere. Pre-internet.
There are always ways to explain things! I found the answers I was looking for. I understood the answers I was looking for. I was weirded out that, wait, this is what people were trying to keep from me? Because..? When, yun lang pala?
So when I had my own son, of course I promised myself never to say, “Masyado kang bata para diyan.”
I never want to give “basta” as a reason for the way things are. A kid who takes “ah basta ganun” in childhood will become an adult who will take “ah basta ganun” in adulthood and if that isn’t scary. I wanted to answer his questions and encourage his curiosity!
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