#SoCS Sept. 18, 2021

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

A WhatsApp forward amused me and at the same time it irritated me. The post was all about the good old days when life was simple and everything was just too good for words. It stated children growing in metros (big cities) today will never know how it feels to be a real kid! I wonder what that means? And I think of all those children who do not know what childhood is.

Middle aged people of every generation look back through rose coloured spectacles. Why do we do it? Was life really wonderful in the past? Problems are a part of life, at any stage. Do we forget them when we look back? It is a real puzzle to me. There were so many inconveniences in those days. They were a part of life then. We never thought of them as inconvenient. It is when we compare life now to what it was like then that we realise about the difficulties we faced.  I am glad about the changes that have happened. I am glad children of the present times will not face the problems which we did but they will be having their own problems. That is life.

It is but natural for us to look back. I remember summer vacations in our maternal grandparents’ home every year. We had a lot of fun. Once we stepped out of childhood, life changed, we too changed. Some relationships remained as strong as ever. We moved away from some people. I remember school days. My father was working in Indian Railways and every time he was transferred, we changed schools. I do not remember any of my schoolmates. But Facebook helped me to come into contact with my best friend after almost thirty years 😊. We have not met in person after 1979, but we are in contact. WhatsApp has helped me to come in contact with some of my college friends. The internet has changed our lives. It has brought the world into our homes. I would not like to go back to pre-internet days.

Each stage in life is different. We knew a lady who had lived most of her life in North India. After her husband retired, they came back to their home town in South India. But she could never stop comparing the two places. Everything was wrong in her hometown and life had been wonderful earlier. She made it a point to visit that place at least once a year. But that did not satisfy her. Whenever we met the couple, she told us about all the minus points in the place they living in now. I used to feel sorry for her, because living in the past, her present was not a happy one.

On a lighter note, I enjoyed jigsaw puzzles with our grandson. In 2017 I was in Germany with my daughter and family. Advaith had a puzzle which need a lot of space. So, we arranged it on the floor. I was his assistant 😊. Four years have gone by and life has changed a lot, especially last year. Now he is reading Harry Potter and The Hobbit in German😊. My daughter told me that puzzles have taken a back seat now. I wonder what children of these days will remember in the future about 2020. And how will we remember this period in life?

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.

9 comments

  1. I used to enjoy jigsaws when I was small. Forty years later, the internet allowed me to buy second hand some of the jigsaws I used to do. The internet does have its good points as well as the bad ones. I have managed to recover not just jigsaws, but also books I lost or gave away. And a lot of my Matchbox and Dinky metal model cars. I have found those too. The present isn’t all bad!!

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  2. Although it can be very pleasant to look back on our youth in later years it is never a good idea to try to compare one with the other. Times change, circumstances change, and our perceptions change. I like to try to live in, and for, the moment, and to enjoy it and help others to do so too!

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  3. Love the perspective on this constant comparison of the past and the present …we all are guilty of doing it sometime or the other….but really the things we crib about now are going to be the golden days to look back at , years down the line…that’s life 💕💕

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  4. Some people are never happy no matter what. I bet some of them were unhappy children too, even though they said it was better. I can be happy no matter where I live and moving doesn’t change that, nor does trying to go back to a “better time.”

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