I am Ton, and I still remember the first time I heard my daughter laughing.

It was in the evening. I was bathing her before putting her to sleep. And suddenly, I heard a giggle. Dumbfounded and smiling, I wonder what I did to make her laugh, did I tickle her? Did I make a silly face?

You won’t guess what happened- my daughter was holding with her hands a tiny, translucid and colorful sphere from which some intriguing little voices came.

The first thing I did was to ignore it-was it my lack of sleep driving me crazy? But then, five endearing chubby beings appeared before us.

The loving and blue Sha approached my daughter jumping with her spring-legs and ask her to stop squeezing their planet, but obviously the baby didn’t pay any attention.

I explained to Sha that babies can’t talk – how comes? Said Opo nervously – and what can we do now? Aca was thinking, while Bow was calming little Tok who already had teary eyes.

As I didn’t want to hear one more cry, I acted fast. I offered my daughter my little finger and she released the sphere. Wawaland was free! That was the name of their planet.

The wawies (so we called them) celebrated such a feat with fervor. Sha congratulate me on my extensive knowledge about babies-no congratulation had ever made me feel so good- from day on, our new friends came to visit every day. Those usual visits helped me to get to know them better: Aca, wants you to feel proud of being yourself, Bow, shows that less is more, Sha, listens and tries to understand how you think so she can help you, Opo, communicates with the surrounding animals and plants and Tok is the perfect  adventure companion  because he finds everything amazing and fun.

I think their way of understanding life made get a closer and more sincere bond with my daughter.

I began to think about the rest of the parents and children, how we relate with each other, and how good it would be if our world looked a little more like Wawaland and its inhabitants.

One day, while talking to Sha and Opo at the edge of the cradle, they proposed me to help them transmit the values of their planet on earth, What a challenge!

And here we are! Trying to make Wawaland and its magical universe help children grow up feeling free, conscious and happy.


Ton Pernas
(Espontáneo descubridor de Wawaland)