LIFE

Making them feel young... again

Having a good time  

AGE HAD not withered their spirit even though they were in their seventies. With a spring in their steps they danced, sang along with their grandchildren, drew `Rangolis' and took part in athletic events.

This was well focussed at the unique function organised by the Golden Gates Matriculation Higher secondary School in Salem on Sunday.

The Grandparents Day was observed in the school to honour senior family members who showered experience, patience and unstinting love on their grandchildren in abundance.

Hence, the school administration decided to honour grandparents whose role in moulding the children was positive and, therefore, exceptional.

The modern world had slowly corroded certain values that held the family system intact. Grandparents, of course, used to play a mature and sobering effect on the entire family.

"The children who live with their grandparents are really fortunate ones," observed the school correspondent, Meena Sethu.

"Hence we decided to celebrate the Grandparents Day in our school," she said and added that they (grandparents) had taken all care and attention to make everyone feel happy and important.

"Many grandparents have found their importance in life," she said. The tiny tots who accompanied their grandparents were equally thrilled. To reinforce the same and to establish the message that `experience alone can maketh a Man', the school provided them with a platform through its two-day celebrations to showcase their abilities.

The grandmothers and grandfathers danced. They sang. They drew captivating `Rangolis' and also ran for medals.

Vegetable carvings exhibited their undiminished love for the finer aspects of art. They also showed prowess in clay modelling and jewellery set making. The grandparents even enacted marriage ceremonies to highlight our culture

They indulged in everything, considered the preserve of youth, proving that age is only a state of mind. A man in his seventies, Vaiyapuri, a farmer from Attur, drew a picture on drought. Many others participated in the elocution competitions in Tamil and English.

The judges had a tough time to assess the best, as the encounters were very close. There were prizes for the oldest and youngest grandparents.

At the end of the event, they returned home satisfied and with a sense of pride. Gift hampers were given to all the participants.

"The high note of the proceedings was the felicitation of the oldest grandmother Surambayee, who is just two years short of a "century". "She has 104 grandchildren now," said the school principal, V.Kanchana.

"The school has enabled us to rediscover our importance in life and society," said a grandfather with a smile.

By R.Ilangovan in Salem

Photo: P.Goutham