To My Grown-up Son
Our children are our greatest assets! They must be our prime concern and how well we take care of them is most important. As responsible parents our dream is to give our children the best of everything that life can offer. In this attempt to scale heights, we turn a blind eye towards what is dear and close to our heart -our children.
The poem, “To My Grown-up Son” beautifully portrays the pangs of a mother for the years that have passed by and cannot be retrieved. It awakens us from our deep slumber and makes us realize the harsh realities of life from which one cannot escape. In our busy schedule we hardly notice that we are depriving our children of the small pleasures which they derive by sharing time with us. In the poem the mother laments over this grave mistake she has committed. She was a dedicated mother always tending to the needs of her little son. But when he wanted her to share some time with him she politely refused by saying, “A little later son” and it never materialized. The years rushed past and her little son grew up and was no longer besides her to share his precious secrets. Mother finds that her hands which were busy once now lie still and she has ample time which is hard to spend. She now misses his picture books, games, goodnight kisses etc. and longs to go back to the days when he had asked her to do little things for him.
The poem captures the heart of each and every individual and succeeds in passing the message that there is no point in conquering heights when we are not able to cherish the small happiness of day to day life. So, better late than never! Keep aside a few precious moments for your children and these may be the treasures which you can ponder over without any regrets in your old age. Your children are sure to be grateful for those moments which will be the greatest reward you can achieve in life.