Not literally referring to the idiom though.
However, the situation you’ll feel when asked by young children on where do babies come from is similar to what I am about to share here.
Last week, while in my Year Two Maths lesson, one of the kiddos whispered to me while lesson was in progress.
“Teacher, saya mau tanya kau bah…tapi kau jangan marah ah,” she said softly to my ear.
“Aaah, apa dia?” Feeling bit annoyed but at the same time, softened by her sweet toothless smile.
“Saya nampak teacher ada tattoo kan? Betul kan?” her eyes rounded, asking for agreement.
“Urmmm…” I replied.
“Adakan??” Not wanting to give up until she gets her answer.
“Bunga kan??” she asked again.
“Macam bunga oh saya nampak. Bunga kan teacher?” she asked further, suggesting a lengthy conversation.
Undeniably, I was not willing to sit down and start entertaining her questions about my tattoo and eventually do my bit on ’social-responsibility’ where I must avoid any tattoo ideas in her and why she mustn’t have one while she’s still juvenile. I mentioned the latter cos while she’s still an underage, and I am her teacher, I have the obligation to lay down the possibilities of bad and good choices based on my experience.
“I will tell you on Friday, but this is our secret OK?”
If you have been around children a lot, you will know that promises are what keep them alive. One promise and you’ll definitely be haunted by their presence EVERY single day.
So I was haunted for days until I decided to have her curiosity satisfied. I purposely leave out the lengthy explanation unless asked. After all, answer is all she wants.
I was in their class again today. Barely 5 minutes in class and already they (well, there were two of them actually) were hinting at me with “Teacher, nanti ah? secret ah..”
Right after class ended, I ushered the rest of the kids to go home. Except the two girls.
“Come here,” I called them.
I lifted up my right track bottom, baring my Celtic horse tattoo.
“So, is it a flower?” I asked them.
“No teacher…macam dragon oh,” one of the girls replied.
“Secret?” I winked at both girls.
“Ya teacher! Ini secret kita!!”
And all three of us walked out from the class, smiling and contented. The girls for getting their question answered and the teacher for having the ‘birds and bees’ question cut short.
Will the other kids ask?
That will depends on the two girls.
My point is, some truth is best told as it is. Hid it and forever it is a curiosity.
Don’t you think so?
Some people might think that what I just did could lead to bad influence on this young minds. I leave that to you to ponder or even judge me.
I swallow the consequences of my own action.
And I’ve come prepared.
Till next post!