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A Charm In The Morning

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The touch of warm hands is necessary for the mental development of children. A Japanese proverb says, 'What happens twice will happen thrice', but the writer believed that it will never happen four times. Boys are always very physical and may have accidents when out-of-doors. She believed that patting her children three times had the effect of a charm that would drive away another repeated misfortune. Her son's primary school teacher referred to the secret charm of patting in a speech at his wedding reception. Her son wrote about the charm 'ritual' in his composition at school. The writer had no idea what effect her customary charm ritual had on helping her children to grow up mentally. Still, it made her happy that the boy remembered his mother's silly morning ceremony.

Keywords: charm ritual; mental development; morning ceremony; touching effect; warm hands

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