How did you all celebrate childrens’ Day in your school ? I asked my friend’s grand daughter who came visiting along with her grandmother.
Aunty, there was no celebration because it is a holiday for us, she said ..
Do you know why the 14th. Of November is called The Children’s Day? I said.
I think it has something to do with chacha Nehru, she said hesitantly.
Though not fully satisfied with her reply , I decided not to “tax” the eight year old with any further details of its significance.
You know “we” celebrated the Day in an unusual manner, said my friend Latha.
Where is the question of a celebration when we are not children anymore, I said quite amused. Infact even our children have their children, I said glancing at Preethi, her grand daughter.
Well, we too didn’t expect that we would be in for a surprise and ‘shock’ as well, Latha said with a break in her voice.
First the surprise, I asked getting curious.
Our NRI son called early this morning to greet us, said Latha.
Greet you for what ? I asked raising my eyebrow.
Any guesses? She said.
None that I can readily think of, I said, still wondering what the occasion could be for their NRI son to greet them.
Our son called to greet us for “Children’s Day” and promised to do so every year as he thought it was the “duty” of every son/daughter to greet the parents on this important Day. .
Now the shock—he says he has decided to stay in that country for good because he and his family find it more comfortable living there . “We have more security here and Smitha feels that you should move to a Senior Citizen’s Home for “your “ security”, he advised.
n.meera raghavendra rao