I came to know a lot more about children of today’s generation after I started my career as a teacher recently. I found many colleagues not very happy with these new generation kids and even I got irritated by their behaviour sometimes but I knew that the generation gap is what making it difficult for us and we need to change to understand them better. It’s not only the technology that is responsible but also the change in parenting. Earlier days, parents were stricter but now we see more leniency, at least I can say this because I have seen 80’s, 90s, 2000 and current generation parents. And this change in parenting has proved to be excellent. Children are more open about what they think now and they put their opinion before adults now which is a good thing. What they want to eat, what are their likes and dislikes, they tell is openly. Chocolate is every kids favourite and now they can have it in breakfast every day in form of chocolate flavoured corn flakes which is a delicious and healthy breakfast option when taken with milk and fruits. Not only the taste benefit, it’s very easy to prepare as well and I have seen grown up children’s preparing their own bowl of cereal. It can be their first ever meal they ever make which can enlighten them to do more cooking experiments. Best part is that preparing corn flake for breakfast is very easy and parents should allow it to kids to do it on their own, it requires no cooking so there is no chance of getting hurt by stove flame or cut their fingers etc. Internet also comes to help a lot here, I myself look up for new recipes that can be made easily at home with available ingredients and with help of my Mom I am able to accomplish the task. Things like these create fond memories that we remember throughout our life.
Since kids today like to get more involved in technology, I have seen kids helping their not so technically sound parents helping with day to day things like using ATM machines, helping understand the functions on new TV remote control or helping them with features of new mobile phones etc. It’s a kind of blessing that kids today learn faster and help their parents. Most of the times it the children who compel their parents and drag them to stores to buy / upgrade things at home. Survey says that buying decisions are although made by adults, children’s play a big role in finalizing the purchase decision. It’s always a happy moment in the family when something is bought from the decision made by everyone in the family.
Growing up to this age would be impossible without my first teacher, and my first teacher is not from any school or tuition. In any child’s life, his/her mother always becomes his first teacher. I still remember how I used to ask my Mom so many questions that sometimes she would get irritated but still answer my queries. Most of those questions were stupid and if someone would today ask me those questions, I would run for my life. It was the heart of a mother that she would not mind her child asking stupid questions every day and do mischiefs.
Although my Mom is not graduate, she taught me and prepared me well enough to get admission in the best school of our city. It was her hard work and confidence that not only I got admission, I used to score very well in class because of her continuous guidance. It was her decision to get me admitted to the best school even if it was expensive and I must say it was a good decision of her.
Time passed and now I was in higher class and she could no longer help, those days’ private tuitions were not popular. I was not getting much guidance now and my marks started reflecting the same. She would attend every parent’s teacher meeting and learnt that I was not paying attention in class. Now in those old days, mostly parents would start scolding their child but she was well ahead of time. Instead of scolding me, she took medical advice and got me checked for any kind of deficiency. I remember those tasty fruit flavoured syrups that doctor prescribed.
Due to my Mom’s hard work, I am now a well-qualified person with a job and good health. Everything that I learned in college would be impossible to understand without the basic education that I got from my Mom. But what about my Mom? She is now getting old and needs care, those grey hair which I know she doesn’t like at all but never ask me to buy her a hair colour. She gave her whole life in my upbringing but doesn’t ask or even want me to do something in return that is how my Mom is.
I use to hear from my friends about sinus and how few of them were in deep discomfort but I never cared to know about it in detail. I thought it must be a small problem that can go away itself. But things changed and I started feeling mild fever and laziness all day. Another problem that I started experiencing was that I was not able to talk well now, people would say that I talk in quite low voice and this was a major problem over phone. People at the other end of phone could not hear to what I say because I was always talking in a low tone. Why was I doing this? An ENT doctor when I consulted discovered that my ear drums were retracted and when this happens, ears become extra sensitive to sound and I was hearing my own voice quite loudly while talking. This means I was not able to judge how loudly I was speaking so I was always speaking in a low tone. Sinus problem happen when there is a blockage in your nose passage somewhere and sinus gets filled with fluid and develops infection.
Cause of ear drum retraction was infection in sinus and doctor prescribed me three things, a nasal spray which I liked very much, antibiotics and antihistamine tablets which I didn’t liked at all because they made me feel even sleepier all day. I also started taking Dabur Chyawanprash as it helps build better immunity and fight infection. One thing more doctor prescribed which made everyone at home worried, it was CT scan. CT scan gave an impression that something serious has happened although I knew it was pretty normal in sinus cases and I was not worried. But parents always get worried and since it was the first time someone was getting CT scan done in our family, everyone at home was worried. After the 10 days course of antibiotics, CT scan was done and it came clear. There was nothing serious. Knowing this, everyone at home especially my mother was very happy. On the other note, as you can see in my CT scan above there is a side angle x-ray as well. From this angle I was able to see two molars that were filled by dentist few years back. Since fillings were of silver amalgam, it came distinct in the scan and I can see how well he did the job.
During those 10 days, I felt lots of improvement, I was able to talk easily now and I could feel that ear drums were not retracted anymore. Today was the final checkup date and I feel so much better now. During the treatment days, my family and friends were so worried, they asked to consult more doctors but I refused to do that. I have often seen that people move about from one doctor to another just thinking that they will get quick relief from their ailment, what I would say to them is read about your condition online and then tally with what kind of treatment you are getting. Discuss with your doctor and have faith in him, do not listen to others, you have your own brain and should make your own decisions.
We recently shifted to our new home and life is totally out of sync here. No internet, no cable TV and no proper electricity too. Slowly I got everything in order and amongst first thing was to get an internet connection. Since there was no wired connection possible (I favor wired internet connection than wireless) here, I applied for the WiMax and got it installed in 2 days. A DTH was in list too for watching some of my favorite programs on Infotainment channels.
When I wake up in the morning I am totally confused as where the door is and in which place I am sleeping. I was so much used to my older place that I have to realize every morning that I am in a new place.
Apart from these small problems, I am enjoying my new home a lot! We got an organic farm too which is keeping my dad busy all day. For me, making small changes and fixing stuff in house and shopping etc is taking all the time.
My Dad was working as a Senior Technical Assistant in OT at JNMC Medical College Aligarh and today was his last day of work; he retired today from his duty there. He joined JNMC in 1972 as a Technical Assistant (TA) and later was promoted to STA. Strange thing is I never went to his workplace but I know what was his job and how easily my Dad was a favorite for every doctor there in OT. I know this because doctors often use to especially call my dad for assisting some serious operations and they always said they cannot do it without my Dad presence. After a farewell party when he returned home, he looked happy but I am sure he will be sad from inside. He loved his job, never took unnecessary leave and sometimes even went on the duty when he could easily skip going without any problem. I am curious to see what he will do tomorrow morning as it will be the first day after so many years when he will not be going to job on weekday.