The time of childhood is the time of questions where one is an explorer in true form. And these little explorers have a sea of questions rising every second and we on the other hand like answering them as it, in a way, is an uncensored, young echo of our own candor.
Big Questions from Little People: and Simple Answers from Great Minds, “A complete handbook for perplexed parents and their curious children,” is a compilation of series of “existential” actual questions gathered from school going children and are addressed by world’s by experts, such as Richard Dawkins, Philip Pullman, David Eagleman and Noam Chomsky.
Without any doubt the most beautiful, aesthetic and poetic explanation of love comes from the author Jeanette Winterson, as it answers the most burning question :
How do you fall in love?
You don’t fall in love like you fall in a hole. You fall like falling through space. It’s like you jump off your own private planet to visit someone else’s planet. And when you get there it all looks different: the flowers, the animals, the colors people wear.
It is a big surprise falling in love because you thought you had everything just right on your own planet, and that was true, in a way, but then somebody signaled to you across space and the only way you could visit was to take a giant jump. Away you go, falling into someone else’s orbit and after a while you might decide to pull your two planets together and call it home.
And you can bring your dog. Or your cat. Your goldfish, hamster, collection of stones, all your odd socks. (The ones you lost, including the holes, are on the new planet you found.)
And you can bring your friends to visit. And read your favorite stories to each other. And the falling was really the big jump that you had to make to be with someone you don’t want to be without. That’s it.
P.S. You have to be brave.
After reading this I really wish i would have read this book when i was eight, nine or anytime before i actually grew up. May be i would have understood better ‘falling in love’ in all the possible holes. And i wouldn’t have to feel what i am feeling right now.
Don’t you wish too ?