Apparently, a spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down in the most delightful way, yet I’ve never seen the combination on any pharmacy nor supermarket shelf. To mention sugar would ignite a debate of health & safety and bring about countless theories, reports and mimes so I’ll steer clear of that topic.
However, the device of measurement intrigues me; spoons. These interesting culinary devices can be found in various shapes, sizes and materials yet their purpose is simple; to dispense a dose.
Responsible parents aspire to give their children large doses of love, attention & education and conversely low dose of TV and junk food. Naturally parents would want to shower their children with all their love and no spoon would ever be big enough to shovel that dose. In Dubai, we try to give our children the best education possible and may even make sacrifices ourselves to ensure that they get the best available education. Our best intentions are driven to give our children all that they deserve and though that may mean working harder or longer we will always try to give them our attention however distracting Twitter or Pinterest or Facebook may be.
Now some parents due to the luck of the draw of life, may be able to give their children everything effortlessly yet may fail in the art of teaching their children the value of things they have attained. This failed education is instantly recognisable and measureable in later years and could portray their parental upbringing in a relatively negative light.
The dosage of parental love you receive is generally immeasurable, who can tally the prayers of a mother or the toils of a father? Yet receiving less is not a sign of neglect, far form it, the micro managing of a parent-offspring relationship is by far the hardest thing to balance for fear of backlash (we all remember our rebellious teenage years?) Hence only when a child matures or has children of his or her own do they realise the equilibrium a parent tries to negotiate to ensure that their child is neither spoiled nor neglected.
Being born with a silver spoon means you have more opportunities to make more choices compared to your peers, so make the most of the advantage. If you haven’t learnt how to stir with your spoon, don’t spit it out but at the same time be sure not to swallow it as you will most probably choke and stunt your growth.