When I entered the cinema recently, I could hear the nursery rhymes that I was familiar with. The rhymes were formed by the children’s laughing, crying and spoilt behaviour.
I asked, why are you singing all the time everywhere: at home, in the shopping complexes, in the restaurants… even in the cinemas?
They said, we can’t stop and it’s a long way, we’ve got to go on and on.
They did not really answer my question.
I listened to their rhymes with full attention. I felt their glorious time and happiness, but they have never known the restriction of adults.
I heard their simplicity.
I heard their purity.
I could foresee their rhymes becoming complicated gradually.
If the world is a playground and the people are children, simplicity and purity will remain, wars will not happen.
I always remember the song that was sung by Daniel, our Malaysian Idol:
…Return to the previous time
Again, I enjoy the superficial mind
Hope to possess the childhood again
Again, we make a circle
Narrow the world becomes a playground
Happiness still can be felt without wisdom…
I felt I had possessed a second childhood when I was watching an animated film in the school holidays, with the children crowded in the cinema.
My laughter blended with them. I could hardly recognise my voice at that moment. I felt pity for those parents who could not sense the fun and the humour of the animation.
A lady who carried a little girl, who sat on my left hand side, stayed silent throughout the show.
Photograph by Dominic Khoo