I felt very proud of the twins today. while they may fight over the most inane things with each other, they are slowly learning to give and share with people around them. A couple of weeks ago we had taken 2 packets of biscuits with us to the park for the boys to have as a snack. While the boys were playing they landed up interacting with a little girl called Muskan and her two younger brothers. Muskan lives on a construction site with her siblings and parents and comes to play in the park when she can. I asked the boys to share their snack with her and her brothers because i did not feel it was ok for the boys to sit and eat in front of the other kids without sharing. Without much protest they did. A few days later we bumped into Muskan as we were getting into the park. She had her two younger brothers in tow (she is all of 7 i think). There were three eggs in her hand and she was heading to the construction site. “What is in your hand?” Sid asked her. (tumhare haat mein kya hai?). “raat ka khaana” she replied. (Dinner). Three eggs for the whole family. “Boiled egg khanar?” (are you going to eat boiled eggs?) asked Sid. “Bhurji and rice” (bhurji is like scrambled eggs). Later, on the way home Nish asked me why she was having bhurji for dinner when they had it for breakfast. I tried, as best as i could, to explain economic differences and the fact that some people could not really afford food.
This was about 2 weeks ago. Today, we were going to the same garden to play.The boys decided they wanted popcorn and some gummi bears in their snack box. I gave them a couple of gummy bears each but Sid wanted the whole packet. I gave him a few more and he put them into the snack box announcing “I am gong to share with Muskan”. And he did 🙂