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The Spice box .

You will wonder finding out how much kids can learn from day to day life.

When I asked Pearl to set up the spice box for me I just wanted to keep her busy. She got so excited about the idea and Ruby also joined her.

First I had asked her only to clean and wipe the boxes . Any way she was washing them on her own.  She has the habit of washing every thing set on the dining table. The wash basin is ideal for her height.

Seeing their enthusiasm I asked them to fill the spices also.

As always Ruby made a step by step plan and arrangements to do it. How the small boxes will come in a line , get cleaned and filled ( he would have weighed it also if he could ) and go into the bigger box as though it is done in a factory by some machine.

It was fun to watch them taking turns and doing it on their own. Unknowingly I also joined in.

When they started filling the boxes I explained to them the name of the spices , which part of the plant is being used , which of them give the aroma for their different favourite dishes and their uses other than cooking. Ruby also contributed his part.

From the encyclopedia we found out pictures , their names in our mother tongue and some other foreign spices and herbs commonly used and it turned out into a spicy evening.


I remember vividly  when I was a kid just like them , how my mother used to explain to me about the anatomy of fish when she cleaned them , about air bladders , fins and gills , stream lining, breeding .

How she explained to me about different plants and their species while she worked in the kitchen and I helped her or simply hanged around ,  how plants propagated and pollinated , the toxins that may be present in different plants  , how fungus and algae grow, how they have deep roots down in the food and spores and lot of other things .

In simple words and some times using definite terms.

It really ignited my interest in them and gave me a good start when I selected Bio for my college levels.

She collected books with astronomy and stars and planets because I was very much interested in heavenly bodies and their arrangements .

Your mother will always know you deep down to your heart. I can fool any body in this whole world but not her.