Your home with kith and kin , the best old age home for you
(The recent issue of Mangayar Malar has a story by Mrs Nandini Selvam entitled “Yen iniya(karunai) illa thailvikku oru parisu. The story is about a retired widowed school teacher who finds, life in her son’s home abominable because, she does not get degree coffee at 5 Am, no body bothers about her, she is not getting food whenever she feels and no one loves her,Then she tells her close friend that she is thinking of going to an old age home. This is the gist of what the friend tells her(I simply cannot get in to these lines the majesty of the language used there) .She then decides her home is the best old home ever possible, and starts adjusting and appreciating the home which is the best possible old age home to her.
You say you are not getting thick coffee early morning ,
In the home of your own children and grand children,
You say that all people at home do not have time only for you
Would you get the same in old age homes?
You say that since daughter in law is busy with her chores,
You are not getting food and snacks , any time you feel like it,
Would any old age home give you all this to you,
Unless they ring the bell and you go in time to the dining hall ?
You say that no body shows love , affection and kindness,
In this home of yours whose members are your kith and kin,
Di you really thing that any of those strangers ,
In an old age home would show you affection and love?
If one day you die in this home of yours ,
Your people would surround your cot ,
Would lament and shed tears for you but in an old age home,
Some one would be waiting with anxiety to fill up your cot.
Think this home of your son, daughter in law and grand kids,
As an old age home chosen by you to live and then,
All actions of theirs would appear to be kind and nice to you,
But if you see it with pride as your home
Where you have all the right to command ,
All people would appear cruel and home would be a hell.
Are they giving food that they do not eat to you in this your home ?
Are they willfully deny food to you in proper time in this your home?
Are they not treating you as an elder in their care,
Would they not take care of you if are ill,
This is your home , the special place that is only yours
You are more like a blind sage who searches god,
In places where he is not there and you read prayers,
With a mind covered completely with dust of prejudice,
Clean your mind , open your eyes and again see your children,
Who are learning to live and struggling to establish,
AS the ones who love you a lot but do not have time to show off,
And this heavenly old age home would be a paradise to you.