Kids grow up fast , very fast , they seem to be happy being like food cooked straight on fire. Ready to burn a little ,okay to take the ache and pains of growing up …all in the pursuit of independence and freedom that youth brings in.
Parents on the other hand are like slow cookers, insisting the food needs a little bit more cooking still, keeping an eye on their kids and trying to make them perfectly ready to be an adult. In no hurry to see their sweet little buds to come to full bloom. Looking backwards every now and then, remembering those soft little hands and peachy baby skin. Wondering again and again ….where did the time go ? Time to let go couldn’t have come so soon. There is more to do and their kids need some more cooking to mature, to be on their own. Do they need the hand holding , the vigil and our worrying ourselves sick with parental anxiety? Seems like not anymore ….But Dil To Aaakhir Dil Hai Yaar , Aadat se Majboor!
Slow cookers or not ….kids aren’t waiting for us …. taking our own sweet time to perfect our skill or bothered about how important it is for us parents to get an A and a pat on our backs for a job well done. They are on the roll. Youth does that to you, the confidence of taking on the world , not happy looking back at kiddish memories as there in front is a whole mysterious , happening life to look forward to.
Youth doesn’t look back, middle age does!