Wednesday, July 14, 2010
The Grand Bond
In our apartment complex apart from moms and maids taking out their children / wards in the evenings I find a lot of grandparents taking their grandchildren out to play in the park downstairs. It is a very touching sight to see the older and the younger generation sharing good times with each other.
I see grandparents walking their grandchild in the stroller. Another grandfather pushing a tricycle or another trying to teach his grandchild to learn to cycle. Many a time, I see grandparents taking their grandchildren to the shop down the road to get that packet of chips or chocolates which the child must have insisted on getting. You all know that with grandparents around children know how to get things which they want.
Both grandparents and grandchildren share a special bond between them.If the grandparents are living in the same house then there is nothing like it. Who better to make their favourite dish at all odd times when mom says she can't. The grandmother. When they get hurt and need that sympathy factor who better than grandparents to fuss around. The little brats know where to hide when parents get angry. You guessed it - the grandparents are their shields. They know their genie is none other than the grandparents who will make every one of their wish come true. At night, many of the epics come alive with the soothing voice of the grandmother narrating the story of Ramayana or Mahabharatha or Panchatantra.
The unconditional love that grandparents have for their grandchildren makes this relationship an unbreakable bond. It was a pleasure to watch this evening a little child of two years walking hand in hand with her grandfather, both deep in conversation oblivious of the world around them.These special moments show that children need their grandparents as much as the latter need the former for company. While the grandchildren are in their childhood stage the grandparents are reliving their childhood through their grandchildren. And as one watches this relationship, one realises that both of them are actually acting as anchors to each other.