This observation is from my recent Saturday shopping spree at Start Bazar. Its about two kids, appeared to be Japanese. One of them must be of age three and the other is of five.
While I was walking across every rack twice in the shopping mall, in a deep confusion about what to pick and what not to, I came across many kids between 3 to 7 years accompanying their parents to every corner of the shop that they go. One kid was seen suggesting his dad which T-shirt he should select. The other one was seen shouting at his dad that he wanted a 'New toy' to play. Another one was seen having one of the new toys in his mouth already. Few kids wanted to be seated in the trolley and few never liked to be in there.
After watching all that and also after I successfully filled my medium sized orange trolley with few required items and a few nice-to-have ones, I entered the que to pay the bill. On the next counter, I saw a boy who was probably 3 years old in thick pink colored T-shirt and short. The pink colour shirt made me look at him again and again until he turned around so that his face could be seen from where I stood. He was in absolute white skin tone. His parents and his sister, who was seen to be around 5 years old, stood next to him. He was actually placed in the trolley and his sister was standing first but then slowly moved into the trolley next to her little brother. For me, who had earlier come across so many kids and their naughty dealings with their parents, these two kids appeared a lot different. A lot calm they were compared to the other kids. They both took one 'Kinder Joy' chocolate each and that's all they wanted their parents to buy for them from that hugely colorful shopping mall. They were seated next to each other all the time in the same trolley and there was absolutely no fight between the duo. Their mom and dad could complete the billing formalities without any interruption.
I've heard a lot about the discipline of the Japanese. This is the first time I've witnessed it ever. I do not mean that being calm is being disciplined. But being calm encourages the potential in us to be used at right places for right work and also to pay attention to the deserving. Probably, this has been in the culture over there nerve to nerve in those people since generations. In the globalization, everything changes so rapidly that we don't even get to know what makes us change. And I really appreciate the Japanese for maintaining their mark. I will remember those kids for a long time!