I, Optimus Prime wanted to share some things which I have realized with due course of my life, hoping you too might find something out of it to keep with yourself...
> “Have you ever watched your parents while they were asleep? Your father’s body, once big and strong but now, the big is withered and the strong is weaker. Wisps of grey peek out from his hair, wrinkles now “scar” his forehead and face.
>> “This man works hard every day and would sacrifice anything to make sure his family is provided for and his children get the best education possible.
> “Or how about your mother, whose soft hands once cuddled and held you close when you were a baby? Now, those hands are dry and rough, bearing evidence of the challenges she faced just for us.
>> “This woman takes care of our daily needs, constantly nagging and scolding us because of her love for us. But sadly, we often misconstrue her love as control and unfairness.”
I have never thought of watching my parents while they slept. I’ve watched my cousins sleep when they were babies, all round and cuddly and sweet smelling. But watch my parents? No way!
But after due passage of time I realized that there was indeed much truth here. In fact, my parents do not have to be asleep for me to realize that they have aged.
Just looking at my mother walk tells me that her legs are not as strong as they were before. Or hearing her ask me for help with that flowerpot in the garden, the one she used to be able to push and drag around the garden without my help.
Or watching my dad lift a 10kg bag of rice. I can easily carry that bag now. I am young. But to him, it is struggle.
>> What do all these observation tell me? Yes, my parents have aged. They are aging. Just as I am ageing. But as I age towards my best years and become stronger, they in turn are becoming weaker. They were once the caregivers and I the receiver. In time, I know our roles will reverse. Like it or not, want it to or not, this is life.
I suppose I have always subconsciously thought that my parents would always be with me, never growing old. It took that message to make me realize that my parents are not immortal. That they, too, will one day leave the world and me. Until then, I will make good use of our time together.
I am Optimus-Prime, and I send this message to remind you all that ‘What you have now, It will not last!’.
Who wouldn't want to have some nice ambient lighting in the room, so it may look cozy.. same thought ran across my head when I was buying coloured lights for Diwali 2010. Along with the coloured ones, I bought one with plain-light-bulbs as well.
Having them on display for a couple of days pre n post Diwali it was time to rap them all and store them until New Year, and there is always a greater possibility that some of them may not work on putting them back up.