BY MONIKA SHAH
Monika Shah, originally from Mumbai but a Bangkok resident for the last 23 years, is a mother of two and a part of the Gujarati Jain community of Bangkok. She was previously a teacher of Jainism, and thoroughly enjoys reading, writing, music, and dance. Check out more of her writing at www.lyricalflow.blogspot.com or on Instagram @WordsByMonika
10 Years of Change – Transition
The mornings were busy as they usually would be
With lunch boxes to fill and growling tummies to feed.
The kids would then hug me and run to the car;
The travel to school would surely take them an hour.
My afternoons were fixed with a planned schedule,
With tiffins and snacks and my picnic would resume.
I would sit in school waiting for the bell to ring
And the kids would come smiling, sharing their important little things.
The classes and tuitions would all end by five,
Then it was time to head home. We just dreaded the ride,
But the stories and talks and music we shared
Made up the happiest hour of my daily tirade.
Then the teenage years stepped in,
Where we still did talk, though some silence had crept in.
No longer did I go to school every day
As the kids became independent in their own ways.
It’s a new transition for us mothers alike.
I slowly understood, and learnt to stand by the side,
I respected their space and tried not to impose.
In fact, I went back to the hobbies I had overlooked for years.
We still enjoy our discussions with the kids at meals,
Some heated, some engaging, all bittersweet at least.
Our horizons have expanded with the information overload,
I’m learning to adapt to their gadget-friendly world .
10 years have gone by with such magnificent changes;
Those little kids have blossomed to become individual faces.
But I have learnt something valuable from them pleasantly,
That these phases of Growth must be Cherished constantly.
I have given them both roots, and wings to fly,
And wherever they may go I only desire
That they keep their feet rooted firmly on the ground
So that their wings aren’t smothered by the facade all around.