Thursday, January 05, 2006

Papa Preach!!

It must be because all of us are around the same age, or maybe its the template way of our existence.. anyways, have recently read at least 3-4 posts that have to do with parents' retirement.. and again due to the typical way of our existence, its mostly dads who are written about... also interesting are the comments, that in some way identify with the situation...
while i do agree that retirement in some way creates a void in life thats difficult to replace, i have also begun to think that the above set of dads have achieved more than what we have, or will... and thats perhaps the better way to look at it...
They have the respect of their sons, daughters.. they have settled themselves well, and even provided for their children.. they may perhaps have never known a career crisis... and they are proud of the work they have accomplished in their career...they havent worked so hard that they never had time for the little joys in life.. they have passed on a value system to their next generation..they can look back and say that they did justice to their parents, in terms of time and attention..
yes, they might offer you advice that you wouldn't follow, and bore you with what they did and how, but that, i guess is a nice way of knowing about a way of life that once was...
until next time, father figures...best

10 comments:

Mirage said...

Oh yea! Dads rock! :D

pallavi said...

It is a very sensitive time for the folks when they retire.. I was more than happy to see my dad and mom doing something on their own and leading an active life inspite of their retirement.. It is nice to see them independent and living it..

Stone said...

hmmm.....my dad too retired in july last year, and its foolish on my part to even 'think' of matchin his achievements!!!

Parna said...

yes. mine would start by clearing his throat (read a gyan coming your way) and then go on and on not in a patronising way, but - what i think you are capable of doing - sort. the worst ones, cos they would invariably make you feel like a small piggly worm.

manuscrypts said...

mirage : :)

pallavi: i guess it also has a lot to do with how we prepare ourselves...

manuscrypts said...

stone: on a different note, most kids these days earn more in their first salary than their parent's last salary...

parna: but which is (unfortunately) a thing most parents dont do... they usually end up comparing you with others...

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