Old is not always gold -says the younger generation
1.Some grandpas both from cities and small villages,
Had their usual meeting on the benches of a city park.
They then started talking about the greatness ,
Of those days when they were naughty young children.
2.Those times were great as we were all healthy ,
As guided by our parents wise, we were taking,
Healthy food and as all of us had back breaking work,
We never had any physical problem to worry.
3.Since all the ladies of our houses were loving,
Caring and hard working , we never had a care in the home.
All of us got married at a very young age ,
So that there were no wants , and no yearnings in our life.
4.When they were chatting like this loud enough,
For all people to hear , a few young lads playing ,
On the other side of the park approached them,
And asked “Oh Grandpas, can we clear our doubts.”
5 “ We did read some books about the life ,
Of then and now in the library and it said.
The age when people were expected to die then,
Was thirty and now it is definitely nearing seventy.”
6.” Those books further said that if a man attains sixty,
It called for a very great celebrations as such people were very few.
And as for the people celebrating their eighty second birthday,
They were so less , that such functions were held once in a decade.”
7.”Photos of roads and places showed clearly that,
Most of the old people of fifty to sixty, walked hunch back,
With a walking stick to support them and also,
Most of those people did not have teeth and could not read.”
8.”We are sure that all of you agree that , you attend,
Every month three to four sixtieth birthdays ,
Almost every two months one eightieth birthday,
And you have attended recently several hundredth birthdays.”
9.”You also are quite aware that during those days,
Almost every home had miserable widows,
Whose age ranged from ten to forty
Working like maid servants for the family.”
10.”You also would without hesitation agree with us,
That none of you are hunched back and none of you,
Ever use walking stick, and you read lot of books ,
And have either teeth in tact or have put dentures.
11.”It said that the food you could afford then was minimal,
Devoid of all nutrition , as it lacked varieties of fruits and vegetables.
Due to poor nutrition and lack of health care ,
Large number of mothers died during delivery.”
12.”WE are sure you use nowadays , lots of varieties of vegetables ,
And there is none here who do not eat apples,
Pomgranates and several other fruits regularly ,
And none of us have heard of death during delivery any time recently. “
13.”We are sure you that all of you without fail,
Have noticed that your children are much taller ,
As well as healthier than you , because ,
They are having much nutritious food than you.”
14. “Even the babies were then very poorly fed , as they,
Came in a dozens in every home and even a rich father,
Could not afford to feed them all to keep them all healthy,
And the book said a very large percentage of them died in infancy.”
15,”I am sure all of you have noticed without fail,
That most of the homes have one child or two,
And are being brought up like children of kings,
With great education a coupled with luxurious living.”
16,”All of you are aware how our present heavenly homes,
During your time was much more than a hell,
By incessant in- law quarrels , some times for dowry,
Some times just for fun ,which even lead to burning of brides.”
17.”True we have changed, When some one tells something we question them,
We some times do have a miserable life with a wife , questioning us,
WE spend lot of money to make our life in to a dream land heaven,
We leave our children with Ayas , even when they are babies”
18.”In our rat race called life , when each of us tries to excel the other,
We regretfully some times are not able to do our duty properly,
Possibly we are not that good parents like you neither are we good sons,
But we can assure you that we want to do it and we will do it.”
19 .’The seniors started mulling over what has been told to them,
And felt that there was some truth in what those lads told,
They felt they themselves were dwelling only the good that was in past,
Ignoring lot of bad that existed and they all went to their homes better informed.