We watched the movie Inside Out with Manas this summer. After watching the movie emotions were high in our day-to-day conversations with Manas. Last Sunday as we were having breakfast, Manas was making a weird sound, which for no good reason irritated me. I told him that I was getting angry and on our anger scale I had reached “Pineapple” anger.
As you can see, our anger scale is based on fruits. We have used this scale since Manas was in preschool. In our experience, it helps him (and us) calm down by talking about how you feel at the moment. Anyway, Manas continued making the weird sound, ignoring my anger scale warning. Finally I said “I am at Watermelon level now”, which means am going to burst.
That’s when suddenly he stopped me and said, I want to share an analogy with you. Watermelon’s green shell keeps juicy red pulp which is anger, inside. In Inside Out green Joy keeps red Anger inside, rather than anger showing up outside all the time.
“Wow, that was deep”, I thought to myself.
How can I keep my anger after that wonderful analogy? We talked again some more about emotions over the breakfast. Kids never stop surprising you.