Friday, December 12, 2008

Do generation gaps really matter?????





There was a talk between a friend and me and she said that she had quarreled with her mom.She narrated to me the entire story and later ended up saying that everything was due to a generation gap.I too fight with my mom for silly reasons but i actually try to accept if am wrong on my part.I believe that child and parent relationship is beyond generations and there is no one in the world who can understand you so well as your mom and dad.A small talk between the parent and the children can wash away all the misunderstandings and the age gaps between them.I had helped my grandma to fill up a page in my slam book and i asked her about her happiest moment in life ?she gave me the most beautiful answer "when i had my first child" :).Any child is the apple of the eye to his/her mom and dad.A mom and dad try their best to give a good quality of life for their children.A line from Ezekiel poem reminds me of a moms heart-:



"My mother only said:
Thank God the scorpion picked on me and spared my children."



The Night Of The Scorpion

"I remember the night my mother was stung by a scorpion. Ten hours
of steady rain had driven him to crawl beneath a sack of rice.
Parting with his poison -- flash of diabolic tail in the dark room --
he risked the rain again. The peasants came like swarms of flies
and buzzed the Name of God a hundred times to paralyse the Evil One.
With candles and with lanterns throwing giant scorpion shadows
on the sun-baked walls they searched for him; he was not found.
They clicked their tongues. With every movement the scorpion made
his poison moved in Mother's blood, they said. May he sit still,
they said. May the sum of evil balanced in this unreal world
against the sum of good become diminished by your pain.
May the poison purify your flesh of desire, and your spirit of ambition,
they said, and they sat around on the floor with my mother in the centre.
the peace of understanding on each face. More candles, more lanterns,
more neighbours, more insects and the endless rain.
My mother twisted through and through groaning on a mat.
My father, sceptic, rationalist, trying every curse and blessing,
powder, mixture, herb, and hybrid. He even poured a little paraffin
upon the bitten toes and put a match to it.
I watched the flame feeding on my mother. I watched the holy man
perform his rites to tame the poison with incantation.
After twenty hours it lost its sting."
"My mother only said:
Thank God the scorpion picked on me and spared my children."

-- Nissim Ezekiel

3 comments:

StarSriram on December 13, 2008 at 7:03 PM said...

You r right with the Generation Gap ... there is these kind of problem in each and every family

bhuvana on December 17, 2008 at 9:01 AM said...

yes swapni..ur right.
a small talk with our parents ll make them understand us well and it solves all kinds of problems..

Karthik on December 17, 2008 at 8:18 PM said...

In scientific view, Generation gap blocks essential opportunities for individuals to meet, interact, and move beyond ‘us versus them’ distinctions. This has several consequences worthy of attention. First, it produces and reproduces ageism. Second, it is a threat to embeddedness, and it increases the risk for isolation in later life. Third, it thwarts socialization for young and old. Fourth, it impedes generativity, especially the creation and maintenance of a generative society.” The goal of mending the "fabric of society" requires that we also minimize holes in the ongoing weaving process. To minimise holes, talk with parents, grand-parents on the problematic issues... This poem is something we learned in our High School, i guess!!!

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