Days with Thaathi……Just like that…..
It has been a long time since I have written something. Actually I have been thinking of writing something for the past few days but because of paucity of time I wasnt able to do so. But now I am back with a topic which is disturbing me for the last few days.
There is a unique flavor to the relationship that children share with their grandparents and a very special one in its own sense, nothing compared to any other thing in the world.
He enjoys all the activities that he gets to do with his Thathi during the day and then a peaceful rest on her lap.
Many, many years ago, families stayed close together throughout their lifetimes. Children were raised by parents and grandparents, aunts and uncles. They became accustomed to seeing both younger adults and the elderly in their separate roles. The elderly were respected for their knowledge and the younger folks helped to meet their needs as they aged.
The beauty of this relationship is that children could benefit from the wisdom of their elders, develop a sense of respect, compassion and caring for seniors. Parents on the other hand, had the assistance of the elders in the work of caring for their family, while the elderly were allowed to be useful and to experience the joy that children can bring.
Over time of course families have changed. Many children have little involvement with their grandparents. With the ease of travel making relocation simple and job opportunities often calling families away from their birth home, families have increasingly been separated from their elderly relatives.
They are therefore isolated, often living their lives in some type of assisted living environment that the family visits less frequently.
what do you feel? I would like to hear from you all….