“How vulgar! Don’t you have any respect for our traditions?” she asked, the spite in her tone very clear.
“I do respect our traditions, but modern life calls for a mixture of both, Grandma. I’m not full of praise for your dress sense either, so I’ll adjust too”, I replied, and walked off.
“You could have been more gentle in your reply dear”, my mom chided as I entered the kitchen, “She’s old you know. Her mind still holds those traditions in high value.”
“Mom, it’s not as if I was wearing a swimsuit. I was in shorts and a full sleeve tee. To criticize that is pushing the limit”, I answered her.
She shook her head, giving up the argument. She knew it was of no use. The same conversation happened every time we visited Grams. Mom was thankful we never stayed long with her. It was her tradition against my modern ways and poor Mom was always stuck in the middle.

Poetry & writing are to me, a breath of fresh air in a life that is sometimes covered by the smoke of sorrow or self doubt. They also become the sweets I share to celebrate when life offers me a reason to. But most of all, they are to me, my life. For each word I write is a piece of my heart, a thought that just had to find its way into the world.

14 thoughts on “Traditions?”

  1. Being a grandmother myself I have found with my grandchildren whose ages are 12, 10,10, 9, that I have noticed that they are being brought up entirely different to my son and daughter, I always thought I was young at heart……well I am I don't think like a grandmother , but I certainly don't agree with alot of what is going on but I love them.I just keep my mouth shut,Your wonderful write got me thinking quite a bit it seems grandparents seem to change from generation to generation.Yvonne.

  2. Well held the attention from three words to weird view our traditions sometimes do reflecting upon!!I liked the whole conversation…well in sync and rhyme like!:):):):))~Keep the Spark ALive..Leo!!

  3. @Yvonne,nowadays, grandmothers are accepting changing times too! 🙂 but most of them still hold them in high regard… and try to get their grandchildren's upbringing in those traditions itself! :Dglad u liked my write..

  4. @Rachana,hehe.. u hit the nail on the head.. traditions do seem weird at times don't they?! glad u liked and that it held ur attention..!

  5. For traditionalists, any deviation from their conservative views is considered a breakdown of society and a social taboo. But amongst modernists and to the ever evolving urbanists, it is viewed as women's empowerment, women's emancipation, surging ahead, development, modernization etc. It is quite natural that views, opinions keep changing with every new generation. It is the in between generation who is torn between the old and the new.Good write and thoughts to introspect upon and to come to a concurrence with attitudes. 🙂

  6. i have very modern grandparents in that respect…maybe even modern and open minded than my own parents…but i know mostly this is the scenario as you very well depicted…

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