I have to admit that I never really understood why people get so excited and giddy over babies. The mention, let alone the presence of a mini human being can turn grown adults in to doe eyed fools, who speak utter rubbish.
I may now be starting to understand why this happens, after the birth of my first born son. Unlike other babies, he is actually cute and super cool, so people thinking that he is awesome is perfectly understandable to me. As for me I have turned into a nonsensical fool, babbling sounds that mean nothing, pulling ridiculous faces, and doing actions that are utterly foolish, just for the amusement of this 16 week old. It looks like, for intents and purposes that my brain has turned to mush, which I can only guess happened to other people first.
This means that my happiness is highly linked to the happiness of this small person. Fortunately he is a very happy baby, and can generally be made happy with very simple things, a change of nappy, some food or a cuddle. One of the things that makes me very happy is blowing in his face. as you blow in his face, he normally smiles and giggles.
The simplicity of babies is brilliant, a small action can be seen to bring such pure happiness. Even though a baby can’t communicate clearly with you, you can see the positive impact your small actions have. One of the things I have seen with Chennai Challenge is how small actions can make a huge difference.
Taking away all of the money that Chennai Challenge has raised and spent on various projects over the past 6 years, and just looking at the time teams have spent in India a huge impact can be seen. Many of the young people we work with in Chennai can’t express in English the thanks that they want to, and yet looking at them, their smiles and the joy on their faces, shows how much they appreciate people going to spend time with them. Just like a simple act can make a baby happy, playing a game of thumb wars or pat-a-cake can have a huge impact on the life of people in India.
I think that this is one of the things that I like so much about Chennai Challenge and the work that it does, the simplicity of things. Just by going and spending time with people helps lift them from their situation, helps to show them love and bring, even if for a small time, some happiness. All of you who have been on a project, or supported us in anyway are part of that. Just like a baby, bringing happiness can be very simple.
- Hiya! (chennaichallenge.com)