Yes, another year is almost coming to an end. Our kids have adjusted well to the school environment. The final examinations are nearing. The revisions have started. And they are eagerly waiting for the summer holidays.
Feels like the holidays keep them going. That look on their face when we are discussing the holiday plan is seen to be experienced.
With this, I am drawn to the summer holidays we had during our times. There is quite a difference between the holidays during our times and the holidays kids are having now. Now, it is generally a trip planned to a certain place and then back home. Back to the screen. Even in an apartment we hardly see kids playing outside.
Unlike now, our’s wasn’t a lavish one. It was mostly a trip to the native place where all the cousins would get together. The number of mats that we would spread to sleep at night, the queue to the washroom, and the bhoota rituals that we would look forward to (we would stay awake after the ritual just to listen to the snoring of the elder members who have stayed back. The chuckles we would have beneath the sheets listening to the different snoring was good fun) among others.
Not only these, the plucking of the mangoes from the mango tree, climbing the tree trunks and collecting the fruits, playing hide, and seek, running on the open fields, drawing water from the well, the village temple festival, the ice cream that we got from our uncles during the temple festival, the pocket money that we got from our father to buy candies and chocolate, the list is endless. All these bring back happy memories when I think about them. We just did not realise when the 2 months got over. It was sad to return back to our homes in the City.
Hope the kids nowadays also have happy memories of their summer holidays. We would love them to experience all the things that we have been through. But I guess times are changing and we need to change according to them!
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