#SoCS Dec. 26/2020

Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “box.” Use it any way you’d like. Have fun!

The word ‘box’ brought to mind my WordPress blogger friend, Todd Tyrtle’s page. He has written, ‘Go outside today. Leave your houses, leave your cars, leave your boxes.

Go Outside Today – Leave your houses, leave your cars, leave your boxes…

This year has been like no other year. Someone said we were planning to go to Mars but we have not even stepped out of our houses ! Coronavirus has turned our world upside down. People have suffered and are suffering in different ways. So many have lost their jobs and are finding it difficult to make ends meet. And during these difficult times countless people, especially the younger generation, came out of their comfort zones, came outside their boxes, to help the less fortunate. It was heart warming to see that and there is hope in spite of everything.

Some come out of their boxes willingly and some are forced to do so. I remember my father-in-law talking about his younger days. He was born in 1925. Life in villages went on as it had for generations. Villages were self-sufficient and the outside world seemed far away. People did not leave their villages. Then, in 1939 World War 2 happened, but life went on as usual. Then one day, not far from our village an army camp was set up. People living in that area were forced to surrender their houses and lands to the army. Their life changed overnight. The army left the place after the war ended. A special court was appointed to give the land back to the owners. But my father-in-law was not very sure whether people came back after so many years. Many would have made a new life for themselves.

When World War 2 started my father was eight years, he and his friends lived in their own world, enjoying their childhood. They loved to collect stamps and pictures on match boxes. He said smoking cigarettes and bidis was quite common in those days. And smokers had the bad habit of throwing empty match boxes by the road side. And my father was happy to collect these boxes 😊. He removed the pictures on them and pasted them on used note books. The children collected gum from nearby Neem, Banyan and tamarind trees. They made scars on the trunks and collected the gum which oozed out and put it in a bottle, added water to it and after a week they got wonderful and natural gum. I remember we too used collect gum long back. It was fun.

Life has changed so much and we have to change with the times. We have to learn to come out of our boxes.

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Beedi – Wikipedia

By Lakshmi Bhat

I am a person who believes there is not enough darkness in the world to extinguish the light of a small candle. We live in a small place in South India. I love reading, blogging, stitching, traveling, photography, listening to people and many other things which make life so very nice and interesting. Blogging is a fun experience, it has brought me into contact with people in different parts of the world and it is good to read about their everyday life. In spite of the differences there is a sameness which is fascinating. I have learnt and am learning something everyday. I have learnt to write haikus. I enjoy combining the thought and the number of syllables. I have always read books and I was happy to write short fiction. I had thought I would not be able to do so. Stream of Consciousness and photo challenges are fun too. Yes, there is so much in life that is sad and that hurts us. Many a time I wonder why life is so unfair to so many. We all have problems in life but the problems of many seems unbearable. This makes me feel so helpless. It is not possible to help everyone but we can do our bit, we can do something to help some in whatever way we can. I used to go to the Home for the Mentally challenged in our campus twice a week. I have been going there since 2011. The members are an important part of my life. Covid-19 has made it difficult for me to go there regularly. Hopefully I will be able to go there again. There have been many challenges in life and we have faced them with a positive approach. Our grandson and granddaughter have made life so much more richer.

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