by Shahraiz Tabassam
As I walked out onto the porch, I found Rizma strolling in the front lawn, surveying the plants that surrounded her. She looked on, and I could tell that she had already been doing this for some time now and, by the looks of it, was clearly bored.
It was the start of her summer vacation and having little else to do, my thirteen year-old sister had decided to come down to the lawn and spend some time by herself.
The mid-summer heat was intense and the fact that it hadn’t rained for some time didn’t exactly improve much—or so I thought.
Spotting the running hose that lay in the grass, I thought to myself, “That’s it!—We’ll make rain!”
Stealthily picking up the pipe, I screamed at her, “Run for it!”
It didn’t take long for her to realize what was going on. She ran for the door as fast as she could, but before she could actually make it there, I had already soaked her.
As her clothes dripped cold water, she looked at me with vengeful eyes. But then, smiling back, I could see the shy little contour that had formed on her lips, too.
I walked over to her and handed her the pipe, submitting myself to an enemy who was far too cute for incompliance. And in the water fight that followed, the two of us laughed, played and ‘danced in the rain’ as if all the worries of our little heat-struck world had just melted away.
Dripping and cold from head to toe, we had defeated the heat, enjoyed each other’s company and connected in a way that we hadn’t in a long, long time.
The world thought we had wasted an hour. But to the little girl who smiled at me as she wrapped a towel around her wet clothes, it just might have been the best day of summer. The few moments I had taken out from my ‘precious’ time had gone into the treasure chest all kids deserve to have full—their childhood.
Your children will only build upon the foundations you establish today and what you leave empty will be left for the world to build. Therefore, leave no stone unturned in your pursuit to give them the best tarbiyyah (nurturing, education) that you can. This includes providing them with the innocent recreation they yearn for and spending time with them in fun ways that inspires them to look up to the people they call their family. Incorporate a little da`wah (calling to Islam) into everything.