Some parents, these days, are becoming over-protective towards their children. In the process of showering ‘love’ and ‘security’ for their kids, perhaps, they are missing something. Something that would have made the children happier and wiser as human beings.
Santosh describes one of his experiences in this context.
My own saying, ‘Several ideas fail in mind than on paper’ became a reality while I tried introducing ‘Food Sharing Day in one of the reputed schools where I went as an instructor. During my interaction with teachers and staff (including the hostel caretaker), I came up with the idea to introduce a day in the week where each kid would bring a dish (food item) that his/her friends were fond of. This way, the bond between the children will increase and they will also become more familiar with each other.
There were definitely a few smiles while some were silent. But the hostel caretaker wasn’t impressed at all with this idea and expressed his disagreement in the discussion room. He didn’t favour the idea because some parents had instructed him not to allow their children to share or receive food from others. That is, not only from strangers but also from their school friends! I knew there was no point arguing as he was bound by his duty. I knew there would be no buyer of the old tradition when my parents and several others of my generation believed in ‘sharing is caring’. Perhaps, there are still some people who still believe the same but, at that moment, I had to swallow my idea accepting the changing paradigm. For me, the meeting ended with ‘Food for Thought’.