Jimmil is a curious boy of three. He regards himself as grown-up. Though most of the family members disregard his self-declared-status, he doesn’t care much. He believes that grownups always have ‘differences of opinion’.
He has a buddy, Albert. There’s a slight gap in their ages though. About sixty years or so. Albert happens to be his grandpa, if you haven’t guessed it.
According to Jimmil, its Albert and he who usually are busy in similar business of figuring what to do with the long hours of the day. While Jimmil spends an hour in the morning at the play school, Albert gets busy for that very hour jogging at the park. Most important, Albert treated him as an equal which gave Jimmil freedom to call his buddy by his first name!
That day while watching TV together, Jimmil had a question. He has plenty, always. That’s his everyday business. Answering them is Albert’s!
“Why is he frowning?”, asked Jimmil pointing to the screen, at a man with knitted eyebrows and delivering a speech.
“He is explaining an important question that his country is facing which others need to understand”, replied Albert.
“Just like me!”, came the instant reply.
“I always have important questions and no one in the house understands”
“Like, Mom tells me I’m small to decide on my lunch portion but reminds me that I am big when it comes to tiding up my room. So, am I small or a grown-up?”
“That’s a debatable question. Let’s have it for discussion over dinner tonight”
“Thanks, Albert, for considering. Don’t you have any important question as well that we need to discuss?”
Pondering momentarily, Albert replied, “I do”
“Why has hair stopped emerging from glabrous patch on my head?”, grudged Albert.
“I see. Feel everyone has an important question that needs to be discussed”, stated Jimmil.
“How will I know?”
“Check it up”, suggested Albert.
“Thanks buddy”, replied Jimmil with gratitude, dashing out of the living room. He found grandma the performing pooja and offering her prayers to God.
“Do you have any important question in life that needs to be discussed at dinner, Granny?”
Not happy with the distraction, Granny nodded affirmatively.
“What’s it?”, checked Jimmil.
“Why do Albert and Jimmil always feel hungry?”
“It never occurred to me Granny! Thanks for your contribution”, said Jimmil. When he was lost figuring out the possible reasons, Lucy the house help crossed his path.
“Do you also have an important question in life Lucy? Albert has, Granny has and I have one too”
With a chuckle, Lucy replied, “Me too”
“Why does the house turn dirtier within twenty-four hours of me cleaning it?”
“You clean it and we mess it, is it so?”
“You can discuss that at dinner, Jimmil” she replied with a chuckle.
This got Jimmil started. He is on his way out to know it from one and all.
You might be next.
So, be ready with a question ‘what’s the important question in your life?’