The Orchid

Like plants, children too are of different kinds. Some, like the grass, grow very fast. Some, like the shrubs, turn out sturdy, adapting easily to the excess or shortage of water and light. While others, just like the herbs, grow very well in a conditioned environment with rich soil and compost, providing great value for the resources invested in them. Few are like succulents, tender, but they know how to retain the moisture to adapt to a dry environment. Over watering a succulent could lead to wilting, while too much sunlight could completely bleach them. Then comes the root plant, like the beet. They look similar to any other green plant on the outside, but make no mistake about the hidden dimension to them. What lies beneath the surface is the real treasure. And then, there are the rare and exclusive breed. Like the Himalayan Lily which blooms once in seven years or the Blue Kuriniji, an orchid that blooms once in twelve years lending the name Neelgiri hills to the southern mountain range.

Do we know our children well enough to know their type? Are we letting them breathe in an environment that is best suited to their natural growth, giving them the right amount of light, water and soil. Or we blindsided by a binary world that has mistaken speed for purpose. Does the child spending more time exploring the depths of a concept, paying no heed to the timer set by an educator, have any lesser potential than the one completing the task on time. Wouldn’t the rule-breaker of a classroom, not replicating the exact same thing taught by an educator, potentially be the future innovator? Why then should we let the world set the norms and standards for our children? Or take away their wings of imagination in an attempt to normalise everyone? It would be so unfortunate to mistake an orchid for a shrub. Let each child bloom differently, the way they were meant to be!

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