Once upon a time when an old Grandmom Archana gets caught by her granddaughter and her friends to join their party in a cafe house. The moment was so emotional for Archana as her granddaughter threw a New Year Party for her friends. And the celebration was huge.
“Oh, my doll, what am I going to do at your party? You must be having so much fun with your friends. I am too old to fit in your gang; you can take your mother with you or yeah yeah, your dad with you.
“No, Grandmom, it is not like a disco-type party, you know even my friends are well aware of the fact that no celebration can roll up without my grandmom’s gracious presence. You know I have kept a special story session at my party decorum only on the demand of my friends as they love listening to you and your life experience.”
“Mom Please come na”,
“Divik you also”
“Yes, mom, don’t you want to fulfill your doll wish this year ? As this would be her party in this city by the next week, we all are going to shift due to dad’s and my business“.
“Hurray here comes Grandma Diya’s friends gave a big shout out seeing Grandma entering in cafe”
Diya and Diya’s friend held Grandma’s hand to be seated on a special chair decorated in a special corner.
“Grandma one story pleaaaasssseee” any life experience we heard you so many times, and every time you spark our greed to listen to you more and more.”One Of Diya’s friend urges.
Ah! Ok! My kiddos have your seats; today, I will take you down the memory lane of the deadly year 2020, the only year I have remembered; the excitement of its bid adieu was more than welcoming the new year 2021.
Down The Memory Lane
In the year 2020, when we were in the USA due to Diya’s Grandpa’s job. Our new year used to start with the celebration of Divik, my son’s birthday party. Like any other year, we celebrated it to the fullest by February, news of a deadly virus that started from China traveled all over the world was surfacing on all the news channels. Researchers named it Coronavirus.
It was merely a piece of intriguing news for all of us until the month of march approached. Holi celebration was on the card. And the time had come when the real fear of a tiny virus/coronavirus made entry to our mind and soul. My Son Divik’s olympiad exam was due to happen on 7th March 2020, and a day before, we got the news that covid-19’s first case has been found in our county/district. Many Parents choose to opt-out their kid’s names from the exams; whereas, I chose to make my kid sit in the exam.
But after that, in 2020, nature punished us with long-term confinement to our houses; the Government announced a complete lockdown in many countries. Not celebrations but yes gathering with friends and family was definitely become a dream on those days.
Grandma- ” You Young generation might get bore with the old lady’s super old story. I Will tell you in detail some other day; you go enjoy your new year party as the year 2020 stories are endless.”
Diya’s Friend – “Not at all, Grandma, you won’t believe some of us were only ready to come on this condition that Diya must get our Grandma ready to embellish our new year party with her interesting story session, so please go ahead, Nani.”
Grandma – Aww! Now you make me feel of Rose DeWitt from the movie Titanic! Haha!
So here we go, a tiny virus took over all the power of working systems nationally, internationally under its cruel clutch.
Cutting to short, sharing the two pointers to best describe the year 2020:
Grand entry of Masks, gloves, sanitizers, disinfectants to every house’s monthly grocery list. Steam, gargle, became the daily routine activity. The whole education system shifted to virtual learning, kids had shown the best of their patience. Sometimes really felt pitty seeing little buddies missing their playtime and friends. People become more conscious about their health. The practice of telemedicine came into existence as a great relief for general sickness. OTT platform came as a savage for the entertainment industry(of course, a big reason to make confinement a bit easier). Do not mess up with mother earth because you may have no time to stand back when it hits you back.
Many people had lost their lives and jobs in that year. A sudden layoff, salary cut-off made us realize that one must always have backup plans. Do not depend on a single income. Must contribute to nature within your capacity. Materialistic things that may excite you for a moment cannot be your persistent happiness; the real happiness resides in you and the persons that are yours only, “I am not saying this, kiddos, I have experienced this.” You can be the happiest person even in scarcity. Save yourself from being idle; yes, negativity works like a magnet to your brain in idle time. Always have a ready list of to-do things regardless big or small but must prepare. Because your mental health matters the most. Still remember our helplessness of not reaching India when My husband lost his dad due to Covid-19. How depression took our mind and body into darkness, and we decided to add at least 2 tasks to our to-do list after our working hours to escape from any negative thoughts. We started learning about seasonal gardening in the USA later; we turned our patio into a small garden, learned photography, and bought Bhagwad Gita to make sure we have read at least 2 pages with an explanation before going to bed. It really helped us to overcome our sadness. Be grateful for the things you have! And most importantly, count your blessings.
And the clock hits the number 12 Bingo! Happy New Year!!!
Grandma – “So kiddos no year is purely bad no year is purely good but two things are always in every year for sure and those are tell me tell me”???
Kiddos Altogether – “The Change And The Learning!!!! Right Grandma”?
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