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“Family”

Words That Flow Like Water

Is nuclear.

Family, is the brother,

The sister,

The mum

And the dad.

 

Family,

Is the grandparents,

The uncles,

The aunts,

The family from all sides,

Near and far,

Close,

Extended.

 

Family,

The people that you love,

Cherish,

Argue,

Fight with,

Friends,

Lovers,

Husbands,

And wives.

 

Family,

Comes in all shapes,

All sizes,

All respects,

And all different.

 

Family,

We think about them,

When we are sad.

 

Family,

We hurt, when they hurt.

 

Family,

We love them, even if we hate them.

 

Family,

When you have none, those you love the most,

Become the people you call “family”.

 

“Family”,

Is like “home”,

Residing with those who you call your own,

Who love you for who you are,

Who respect what you respect,

And who you respect what they respect,

Who look after you when you’re hurt,

Bleeding, broken hearted, crying,

Who yell…

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Repository of memories – The Hindu.

When we revisit favourite songs, books and movies we encounter our earlier selves and experiences.

That episode set me thinking of the role art plays in our lives. As we age, our favourite songs, books and movies become a repository of our memories. When we revisit them, we encounter our earlier selves, the people we knew then, the experiences that shaped us… Since I have spent a good part of my life with books, I have several memories stashed away in them.

When I began the book, I would often speak to my grandfather about it. He hadn’t read it, but the movie was one of his favourites. I remember how he kept referring to Scarlett as Vivien Leigh and to Rhett as Clark Gable. He wanted me to enlighten him about the parts of the book that were edited out of the movie version. As the months passed, however, we stopped talking as tuberculosis took possession of his body. He was bedridden for several months before he died. By the end, he was unable to speak or comprehend, and barely had any flesh on his bones. To this day I retain some of the horror of watching the life seep out of him. You don’t really know death until it happens to a loved one, and there is absolutely nothing that can prepare you for the experience. ( reminds of my GF )

A character in the Argentinean movie classic The Secret in Their Eyes says: “Memories are all we end up with. At least pick the nice ones.”

Gift of Grandparents

“I miss him still today: his long, whiskery eyebrows,
his huge hands and hugs, his warmth, his prayers, his stories,
but above all his shining example of how to live and how to die.
Bear Grylls, Mud Sweat and Tears