The parents leaf her at the pre-school cum day care center whether she liked it or not. I only knew this when I heard the small girl bawling away, screaming for her mother and her father to take her home. They tried to persuade the little girl and told her everything was all right, that they will be back to take her home before she knew it. To make matters worse, the teacher slash child-carer told her a whale of a tale just to get her to go inside and shush up. I stood at my window watching the entire scenario and thought how traumatizing it must be for the kid to be caught in a position she doesn’t understand. I could hear from her screaming and wailing that she is afraid of being abandoned with total strangers and must be wondering what she did to deserve that. This harrowing experience went on for a long time with both parents feeling awkward to leave their child there and yet they have to consider their obligations to make ends meet. Eventually, with the help of the teacher slash aide, they left their kid with her continuous pleading and clamoring and drove nervously away. I can almost hear them whispering, ‘this is something we have to do to help her blend in’, and it’s not the first time I’m hearing that too.
The child went on about her lamentation for the longest time she could without passing out. I was so perturbed by the entire hullabaloo I began to question the necessity of forcing children into environments they are not comfortable with. Although they do not have the capacity to evaluate situations or make decisions, I am quite sure they have their instinctive nature to sense the surroundings and know why they don’t belong. Shouldn’t children be allowed to voice their apprehension about something if there was one? It’s only too obvious that communication is not part of this family’s perception, anything more than that … I don’t even want to go there.
Fast-forwarding this scenario to another thirty years, or less, would the child have the right to place her parents in a home if she feels they are beyond her care? Would she be held responsible and judged if her parents plead with her to take them home because they are not used to that kind of environment? Or should she just let the male nurse slash warden take them back inside and tell them everything will be all right? I shudder at the thought.