Saturday, February 07, 2009

Post 533 : Shiny happy people

Someone dear and aged is passing away. I am part of the family. I am seeing a lot of his peers coming to meet him and the rest of his family.

His peers are all 70+. Some common traits in these folks:
1. They are all aged (which is obvious from the previous point).
2. They all have health and economic problems (strangely, they are all economically challenged).
3. All their children have moved away, as in, they have continued with their lives leaving their parents behind to fend off for themselves.

and yet....

Examples of people I have met:
1. Have finished their dialysis for the day and then come and met us. They do dialysis twice a week, and speak of it as it were their weekly dinner @ Hard Rock Cafe.
2. I met someone whose wife expired last year, but their son (who is supposedly a multi-millionaire in NJ) did not come visiting.
3. Someone whose wife has split personality dis-order, amnesia, dialysis - he himself runs a raddi paper ka shop, has lost his son, his daughter in law makes khakras and sells them - they just about makes ends meet.
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I can go on and on with these examples.

I was often left with a sense of melancholy, tragedy - but invariably with also a overwhelming sense of respect.

These are folks who are in their silver years, battling it alone, against a world gone sour....and yet their spirits and grit were alive and kicking.

They sorely missed children, family, friends, but never once seemed to grudge...they instead narrated past stories with a sense of joy and nostalgia.

I look at my own generation in search of a quick fix and the dope of instant gratification.

Why do we assume we will never grow old?

A silent tribute to the shiny, happy people.....you make me want to hug and kiss you all. Thank you for giving us this world, and thank you for your grace and poise.

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3 comments:

Anonymous said...

This is true Amitabh, People forget that they too wud grow old...
Its so sad there are some old people who unfortunately have to stay away from their family.
There's a famous saying "At twenty we worry about what others think of us; at forty we don't care about what others think of us; at sixty we discover they haven't been thinking about us at all!!!"

Anonymous said...

This is so true Amitabh, people do forget they too wud grow old..
Its sad that some old people have to stay alone inspite of having a family.
There's a saying "At twenty we worry about what others think of us; at forty we don't care about what others think of us; at sixty we discover they haven't been thinking about us at all!!!"

Anonymous said...

This is so true Amitabh, people do forget they too wud grow old..
Its sad that some old people have to stay alone inspite of having a family.
There's a saying "At twenty we worry about what others think of us; at forty we don't care about what others think of us; at sixty we discover they haven't been thinking about us at all!!!"