Free translation of the chronicle published on October 11th 2009, in “Revista do Correio” magazine, Brazil, written by Maria Paula
A few months ago, I received a text written by Rodrigo Leão, a dear friend who was a VJ on MTV with me. Nowadays, he’s an advertising professional, a writer and a father! As soon as I read it, I thought of offering this space in order to publish it on Children’s Day [celebrated on October 12th in Brazil], as a homage to the kids that exist inside of me and inside of you!
Here’s the text:
A very crazy guy lives in my house with me and my wife. He’s 2 years old and keeps saying to everybody that he is my son. He’s always happy. Pretty happy. So much happy that I decided to adopt his habits and behaviors. I have prepared a list with the things I intend to follow with discipline and rigor in order to be much happier:
- Whenever possible, run naked all around the house shouting: I’m naked! Yaaaaaaaaaay!
- Never lose the chance of giving a little kiss or a hug to anybody who might be moping around.
- Don’t be afraid of starting a conversation with an interesting person. Point to the sky and say: “Look! A big plane!” Continue talking naturally.
- Take a nap after lunch wherever you are (note: except when you are driving).
- Draw with your finger on the bathroom box, covered by the steam. After the conclusion of each drawing, or even just leaving the mark of your hand, say: Yaaaaaaaaay!
- Do somersaults. At least, three a week. Say: “ Yaaaaaaay!” after each revolution.
- Bounce on the bed. But not near the edge. Say repeatedly: “Yaaay! Yaaaaaay – Yaaaaaaaaay!”
- Lie through your teeth a lot. But never for your own cause.
- Invite everybody for everything: “Let’s lay down on the floor, guys?” “Let’s drink fruit juice, guys?” “Let’s sleep, guys?”
- Wake up very early and scream continuously, from the top of your lungs. Stop only when somebody comes to hug you.
- Be afraid of your food.
- Believe in alternative versions of things. For example: that a thunder can perfectly be a giant flying elephant breaking wind.
- Always say “Thanks” and “Please”, even out of context.
- Use the internet to make a videoconference with your grandparents, and during that, dance, run, do somersaults and identify interesting parts of your body, like the nose and the butt.
- Show your foot to the guests. Look at the extremity with attention and full of curiosity and comment: “Look… the foot.” After a few seconds of respectful silence, suggest a guest to show his or her foot to you.
- Invite your mother to go sightseeing when she is least expecting.
- Find hidden shapes in things: a toast looks like a heart, a folded napkin looks like a duck or a glove looks like a horse. Say “Yaaaaaaay!” every time it happens.
- When you do something funny that everybody likes, repeat it.
- Cry fast, and forget the reason why you cried even faster.
- Be proud of things that you can do by yourself, but never be ashamed of asking somebody you love for help.
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This post in Portuguese: A sabedoria que só se conquista aos dois anos