Make Me a Child Again

Give me some sunshine, Give me some rain.  Give me another chance, I wanna grow up Once Again…

Take out 10 minutes from your busy schedule and go back into history. Try and recall as much as you can. Think about your mother who used to show you your pictures as a new born baby. Then think about the time when you were 3 or 4 years old. The time when pink was for girls and blue was for boys. Then the day you cried your eyes out when you were first taken to school. Gradually you made your first friends at school and started enjoying your classes. Every time in the lunch break, you went and served your tiffin to your class teacher and then competed with your friends as to who’s food did the teacher like the most. You used cry if you lost your pencil, accusing the boy next to you of stealing it and then saying sorry to him as the pencil was there in your bag. If you had 2 best friends, then it was a big issue. You had behave like a mature girl ensure that no ones feels neglected. Then came your birthday, the most exciting of your life. You made your parents work madly to arrange all the sweets for you. When everyone in the class sang ‘Happy Birthday to You’, it was an out of the world experience for you. Then with your best friends (which actually included the entire class), you went from one class to another to distribute sweets to all the teachers. In the evening, your home is decorated with balloons and streamers and there is delicious food all around. Everyone every time wants to hug you and do mushy mushy talks with you and you try and use your mischievous mind to run away. Computer to you is a fascination and you try to peep into the private folders of your elder brothers, but don’t understand anything. For your parents, you serve as a news reporter, who comes and gives each little detail about her sister to them. You are a free spirit and the most cherished thing for you is to draw a family picture on a sheet and write ‘ I Love My Family.’

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Wow! What Moments! Wat Memories! It literally gives you tears in your eyes. Where have these days gone? How did we grow up so fast? Why did we grow up so fast? Today everywhere you look and you have problems. Every time there has to be some project to work on so that you can impress your boss. There are family tensions on one hand and professional tensions on the other. Your wife on side complains that you don’t have time for her and your boss on the other side feels that your are committed towards your work. You don’t have time to go out with your family. You even don’t have time to sit ideal for 10 minutes and listen to soft music to ease your temper. You are always in a hurry, in hurry to catch a train, the train of success and prosperity. Your life seems to be coming to an end. You want to run away from all this, you need an escape. But you are helpless. Is this what we had dreamt of? Is the reason we wanted to grow up? Absolutely NOT. Gone are the days when we used to be tension free. Gone are the days when coming first in a banana race was the only goal in life. The days when life seemed to a beautiful dream, when lying to the parents was the greatest sin, when cycling in the evening was such a pleasure, when wearing our father’s coat and talking like him was so much fun. The days when we used to make water boats, the days when parents used to compel us to exhibit our talent of dancing before every single guest, the days when Mom’s lap was the best place in the world. Gone our the days of honesty, the days of innocence, the days of true happiness. Gone is our Childhood!

“When I was a kid I couldn’t wait to grow up, and now that I am grown, I just wish i was a kid again.” This is the irony of life. When we have access to something, we don’t acknowledge it. But when we loose it, we want it back at any cost. As a child we hated being called a ‘child’ every time. We dreamt of growing up, we dreamt of going to office everyday as our parents, we dreamt of getting married and dancing on our own wedding, we even dreamt of having children and playing with them. Now when nature has been extremely fortunate  and has given us everything that we aspired for, we just don’t want to accept it. We are ready to give all this is up and we are crying to gain back our childhood. We want to live that life again, we want to be in that world again where every task was so easy, everyone so nice, everything so beautiful!

“When we are children we seldom think of the future. This innocence leaves us free to enjoy ourselves as few adults can. The day we fret about the future is the day we leave our childhood behind.”  ~ Patrick Rothfuss, The Name of the Wind.

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