A Day with the Seven Year Old Nephew | Daily Prompt: Four Stars

Write a review of your life — or the life of someone close to you — as if it were a movie or a book.

The camera closes in a little boy who’s quietly flipping through a book.

His eyes follow the flow of the words on the pages. And then he notices the camera focusing on his adorable little face. He smiles. And he introduces himself. “Hi! I’m Bien. And I’m seven years old.”

And he shows what book he’s reading. The Wildlife Year from the good people of Reader’s Digest. He has been reading upon the behest of his uncle, who always tells him to read. He flips the book and directs the page of an underwater scene to the camera.

“Beautiful fish, aren’t they? I wonder if I could swim as far as they could. How long could I hold my breath in the water? Why could Cousin Max open his eyes in seawater and be okay while I can’t? I wish I could swim as well as lolo. He swims like a dolphin! Why can dolphins make sounds? Why can they dance on their tails? Are they better than sharks? If they fought with sharks, who would win?”

For a good ten minutes, he bombards the camera with questions from the pictures he saw in the book.

Like any little kid, he doesn’t stay still for long. He goes outside. He prowls after the cat and her kittens, which just woke from their afternoon nap. He observes the sparrows that perch on the jackfruit tree in the yard. He follows to the nest the long line of ants that have taken to pieces the fallen biscuit. He spots a caterpillar among the neighbor’s flowers and a butterfly flying up the alley.

Camera snaps back to the house. His lola prepares juice and a bowl of oatmeal with chocolate powder. He comes in, sweaty and panting. He notices the camera.

“Oh, you’re still here. You should’ve seen me outside today!”

So he regales the camera with how he perfected his backhand this afternoon. And he even got to teach his other little friends how to play tennis, just like how his lolo does. The little group then tried their hands on riding bikes around the neighborhood. And when that failed because there was only one bike, they decided to play a game of hide and seek.

Just as he finished his snack, he asked if he could use the PC to play games. But his lola is playing games herself.

With that, he goes for the TV and flips channels. “Adventure Time!”


14 Comments Add yours

  1. Sarah Baram says:

    I love this, so much. I can only hope that when my nephew gets to this age he is so full of passion and ready to soak up the knowledge of the world around him like a sponge. This anecdote has given me something to look forward to – thank you for that.


    1. matiserrano says:

      I too have a nephew and my wish is the same as yours.
      May your nephew have wonderful days ahead of him.


  2. Jenn says:

    Children can help reignite a thirst for adventure in adults, as well. Their thirst for knowledge and many MANY questions they ask can really wake up a sleeping mind.


    1. matiserrano says:

      Yes, yes it’s so true.
      Even if you provide him with a book of answers, he’ll still come up with questions whose answers aren’t in the book.
      It’s challenging.


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