Can you even begin to imagine how much karma would be discussed at such a place? For those responsible for the waiting and those needing intensive care.
He, a ten-year-old, had the most interesting take on it.
Kids were not allowed in there. The mother had taken special permission for her two kids, 8 and 10. They were there for about three days, the time it took for some relatives to fly in and whisk them away.
It is heartening to see the tender hearts being unaffected by what is going on around them. He would talk a mile a minute, they would run around the waiting hall and get told off, and he would sleep soundly in one of the recliners. I imagine him understanding the gravity of his experiences with time. I wonder if he feels relieved that he didn't understand it then.
So a serious karma discussion was on among four of us. About why we are here, about fruits of good and bad deeds, reincarnation, etc. We didn't even notice him sitting behind us.
And then he said -
Papa says there is no karma stuff for kids. It is only for grownups. And papa says we can choose to be a child at heart always.