No wonder Shakespeare asked, ‘What’s in a name?’ He had not met the L&M you see!
There are as many solutions for elder care as there are families with elders and old age homes are not the only solution as being touted by an increasing number of people.
The happiest was the younger brat, for not only had his elder brother got admission to his chosen college, but we were also a ‘full family’ after having been separated for the whole day!
….the things we shared, but most of all the love, as children, as adults. It makes me smile, even if my eyes mist over….
We take a lot of things in life for granted, the most important being life itself. Not just ours, but even that of others close to us. We forget that life comes with no guarantee and no expiry date and so we merrily take people and relationships for granted.
Far from feeling carefree like butterflies and enjoying their childhood, our kids might actually be glad to leave their childhood behind them, considering how many of them are being pushed to excel by their parents!
Togetherness can no more be taken for granted. Every moment has to be carefully put away to be pulled out later to savoured. And Zephyr is busy collecting those moments during this interlude. So please don’t go away, she will be right back, break ke baad!
“As an expression, ‘donning different hats’ is a great one, but when I think about roles we take up in life, I feel ‘wearing different shoes’ is actually a better analogy.” A heartfelt tribute to a mother from her daughter.
We soar so high and so fast that we fail to see the hand that is holding us from falling and the other one that puts us into orbit.
When we return a hurt for a hurt, it only multiplies the pain. Where one person had been hurt before, now two are hurting. And both are miserable. There is no enduring satisfaction in inflicting a hurt or seeing someone suffer.
The human child requires nourishment and nurturing longer than other animal species. And unlike animal mothers, which push their offspring away towards independence pretty early, human parents, mothers in particular, are reluctant to do so till they are well into adolescence and sometimes even till later. They also try to hold on just a little longer emotionally to their children, especially the boys.
Old stereotypes as far as men are concerned still exist to a large extent and have not completely given way to the new, caring men. But they know in their hearts that the change in the society is irreversible and the more gracefully they accept it, and the sooner they accept it, the better it would be for both sexes.