Al-Ahram Weekly Online   18 - 24 October 2012
Issue No. 1119
Youth page
Published in Cairo by AL-AHRAM established in 1875

Little Mermaid, I would like to be

Ameera Fouad asks what children want

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You could dream and I could dream. Well, in fact everybody could dream. But the only ones who really do, from the bottom of their heart and from their wild ingenuities, are the dreams of God's angels living on this planet: children.

Imagination blooms like flowers flashing from their minds, creating the best magnificent stories one could ever envisage, even in adventure books. They may make Barney look like Minnie and Sponge Bob becomes Smurfy. Children's insights are all about imagination and fantasy dreams mingling sometimes with real life and most other times with cartoons. Their dreams include marvellous adventures they heard of, cartoons they watched, fairy tales they read, or games they played on their PlayStation. In the latter case, children might have ceased dreaming. Maybe they haven't heard of the saying, "be careful what you wear to bed at night, you never know who you'll meet in your dreams."

Dreams of children cannot pass unnoticed especially after witnessing the dream of the youth revolution coming true in pure light last year. So let's peek a little into their own world and see what they dream of in daylight and night time.

Rahma Amr, 10, an IGSCE student and prominent karate player, created her own world of little mermaids when she just said "I want to be a mermaid when I grow up .I would love to live under water where there is peace, loving friends and an amorous spirit like Little Mermaid. I would be able to make many sea creatures friends like octopuses, snails and reggae singing Caribbean crabs. I would play hide and seek with sharks and whales. I would make the shells my mobile phone where I could phone my mother to come and visit me. Oh, how beautiful and lovely would it be like."

Marwan Amr, a six-year-old IGSCE student, says, "When I grow up a little bit, I want to be like my father, a chemist. I really love him so much that I am trying to be exactly him when he grew up. I also love playing PlayStation so much that I might invent one on my own. But maybe I will seek some grown-ups support to make the best PlayStation ever."

"Well, I would love to be a teacher of three things: English, music and arts," Aya Gooda, an eight-year-old American student, said. "I love English stories and I keep reading and rehearsing them all day long. Maybe because I play the piano, I would teach young children all kinds of music and instruments, but free-style, not necessarily reading the notes. I will also teach Roald Dahl stories for all children in all school stages, and Matilda will be a must."

Sherifa, the youngest of all -- she's just turned five -- and who had her first day in KG2, likes Minnie. "I want to be a Minnie when I grow up. I dress like her. I act like her and I play like her. Though I also love watching Bugs Bunny and Sponge Bob, Donald Duck is really my favourite of all. I would really like to be a Minnie with her short polka dotted dress with a matching bow and white gloves.

"But for real, I would love to help the poor in the streets and let them have their own homes. I hate watching young children like myself sitting in streets and eating from garbage."

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