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Let’s celebrate all children

Published:Sunday | May 23, 2021 | 12:14 AM

A narrative by Abigail Martin and Abraham Martin

We are so excited about Child Month! We have a month for ourselves to celebrate! I really believe that children are the future and that we should be nurtured, guided, and protected. As we celebrate Child Month this May, our parents are very passionate about our safety, health, well-being, and about motivating us to be the best that we can be. Also, they have a big job to keep us focused in online school. It has been a very challenging period for us as children in Jamaica and children across the world throughout this pandemic. No one was prepared for this; we were not prepared for this at all. Everything just happened so fast.

All parents need to listen to the children and give us all the attention that we deserve. So many children don’t really understand what is happening. My mom is special. She loves children and is always encouraging them or doing something nice for them. Last week, mommy sat with us to find out how we were doing. She asks us how we are doing every day, but this time,it was like a deep interview. It was fun, though.

I am Abraham. I am in grade four, and in the future, I want to be a programmer and make video games. Before that I used to say that I wanted to be a pastor, doctor, Lego engineer, restaurant owner, or a construction site owner. Now, I want to build robots so that I don’t have to do all the work that I see my parents doing around the house. Mommy said that everyone has a role to play in keeping the house tidy. She always said to do the work first then play after. I say play, play, and play. Children love to have fun. Chores are boring.

DOING OKAY IN PANDEMIC

Mommy asked me what I would like to give back to society, and I said that I would use my talents like playing the guitar, creating interesting things with Lego, playing chess, and talking to people. She asked me how I was doing in the pandemic, and I said that I was doing okay. I love it that I get to spend more time with mommy, daddy, and my twin sister at home. I told her that I prefer online school rather than face to face because I don’t have to deal with bullies and rushing out in the mornings for school. She asked me if when the pandemic is over if I would want to go back to school or continue online school. I said that I would prefer to be homeschooled. I like face-to-face school for physical education, to play soccer and chess at the school’s chess club. I love to play Lego, chess, and board games, make videos, and play with my twin sister, mommy, and daddy.

My parents are very encouraging. They always tell us that they are proud of us when we do well. Daddy is teaching me how to work on cars, computers, and other manly things. Mommy is teaching me how to cook, clean, be confident, caring, and responsible. We love them and appreciate all that they do for us. Taking good care of children is not easy. I used to say that I want to have 10 children, but I have changed my mind.

This is a very difficult time for many children. They miss their friends and sometimes beg their parents to organise play dates. We do that, too. Don’t forget that children are very social beings and that we live to have fun. So teachers, please make the classes fun because if it’s not fun, we will get bored. Try creative activities, and share interesting videos.

OWNING BUSINESS

I am Abigail. I am in grade four, and I would like to be an entrepreneur in the future. Before that I said that I wanted to be a fashion designer, nurse, gymnast, or a computer specialist. I would love to have a book and shipping business like Amazon. My mommy and daddy have Amazon accounts, and I always see them ordering things from Amazon. I think that is cool. Also, they are always talking about owning their own successful businesses.

One of the most important things for me is to be happy. If everyone were happy, the world would be a better place. I am happy when daddy and mommy play with us and teach us stuff about the olden days. I want to be happy all the time. I don’t really miss face-to-face school because of the bullies. I miss some of my friends and the physical activities, though. My school is a fun school, and I love my church. When I dance, ride my bicycle, hula hoop, do gymnastics, watch super book videos and other interesting videos, I am happy, too. I love to play with my twin brother and make videos with him, too. We started a YouTube channel when the pandemic started last year, and we have fun uploading videos. You can check out our YouTube channel called amam play. We do fun activities with our toys, sing, read Bible texts, and do outdoor games.

I would like to contribute to society through my talents. My mom always says that we should be kind and help those who need help. We give back to society by donating clothes, shoes, and other items to the Salvation Army and church several times in the year. I would give those who don’t have any food, and I would share my toys with children who don’t have any toys. I can’t wait for this pandemic to be over so that we can be free to go to the beach and travel to different places in the world. It’s fun to be a child because our parents take care of all our needs. Thank God for parents, family members, teachers, and friends. Happy Child Month to all the children in the world!

- Abigail and Abraham Martin are nine-year-old twins. Send feedback to columns@gleanerjm.com.