School Picnic

Mumbai in the recent few years have been blessed with a lovely winter season. You know what, I love December and the wintery glow it brings to my face. Every morning getting cozy in your red soft blanket is something I miss during the rest of the year. But today morning instead of the regular alarm clock disturbing my beauty sleep it was some yelling kids in the back of the alley. It was not just 4 -5 kids, there were almost around 200 kids in the back lane.

Yelling, screeching, and running in the lane for stuffing themselves inside huge Volvo buses. Yes it was a school picnic day.

The School Picnic Day was that one day, which came only once in an academic year, in the life of a school kid where the mother’s do not have to wake them up. At least I remember I never could sleep the night before.

The crazy kids went ballistic with excitement but they made me smile. I felt like jumping out of the bed and hopping onto the bus hence I came out and told mom , “ Even I want to go to the picnic (in full kiddish tone) and she in turn said, “Get ready and go to Office”…. Aaaarrggggghhhhhhhh

I never had sulked growing up but yes today morning definitely missed the past. After which I got ready and went to work. Just another day at work. Completely forgot about the kids, the moment the grievance of not been able to go on a picnic.

But when I returned back home, on the same lane instead of the kids, there were more than 100 adults with an impatient look. Apparently the kids were to return by 5 they were 2 hours late which made the parents edgy.

Then at the moment something struck me hard, while in the morning I was sulking of not being a kid I realized that now in near future I might have a kid, and someday soon it would be me standing in a lane waiting for my kid when he returns from his school picnic.

Suddenly I found myself smiling over the past n future together and life felt beautiful, Very beautiful.

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