This is one occasion to tell grandparents how much they enrich young lives.
Very often they are treated as unpaid baby sitters without much of a life for themselves. They have little say in the lives of their grandchildren too. At a time when loosening bonds between children and grandparents is widely rued, the annual Grandparents’ Day organised recently by Vidyodaya School, Thevakkal, fittingly reminded what was being lost to the new generation.
Since it was a day dedicated to them, the grandparents who arrived at the school were made to feel special. Student volunteers belonging to the school’s Junior Red Cross Society guided them right from the moment they set foot in the school campus.
At the hall the students gifted them paintings drawn by them and as a mark of respect touched their feet seeking blessings.
The function started with a song, rendered beautifully by the children, on the beautiful relationship between children and grandparents. As if to reassure their grandparents, among the audience, they sang about their love for them in three different languages. Then followed a dance and drama programme. The teachers were not left behind as they enthusiastically displayed their dancing skills. There was another solemn moment when eleven World War II veterans, at a Sainik Ashram, were honoured for their heroism.
A sumptuous sadya was served. The highlight of the day, however, was a game of antakshari that gave many grandparents an opportunity to show their singing skills.
Close to 300 grandparents attended the function. “Every school has parent-teacher association whereas the role of grandparents is ignored. This is also an opportunity for the elderly to mix with the crowd,” P. Sreekumar, executive trustee of Vidyodaya, said.
P.V. Arunachalam, the renowned mathematician, was the chief guest.
Two teachers who retired from the government schools in the locality were also honoured. E.V. Krishnan, chairman, Vidyodaya Trust; K.G. Nair, vice chairman, and Krishnakumari Nair, principal, were also present.
After a delightful time that lasted six hours, the grandparents went back home longing to give their beloved grandchildren one hug more and to fulfil their plea for that one extra tale.