It is silent
yet not peaceful
as she gazes at
the sleeping child
not admiring as
she usually would
rather with worried eyes
The disquiet quiet
surrounding the house
needs his energy
to have cheer back
'Do something Mummy'
he moans in pain
an ache within
As he heals
the bliss returns
His health encompassing
the home with happiness
When I think of health, what do I think of…
Health is Happiness…
As I mother, one of my first thoughts is what I wrote the above lines about. When kids are unwell, the very vibe around the house changes.
‘How peaceful’ – a oft-repeated comment by grown-ups when admiring a sleeping child. But it is not the same when the child is sick and is in a restless slumber… then the comments, if any, are about the lack of energy and cheer is the environment and ‘Get Well Soon’ prayers for the child.
Prevention is better than cure…
Growing up in Delhi, the winters were a beautiful challenge to live through. Leaving for school when it was still dark outside, not wearing enough warm clothes just to be able to claim – ‘It’s not that cold’ and also, enjoying the rare ice-cream at India Gate in peak winters…
But Delhi winters can really hamper all this enjoyments, is one is not well.
That is why, it has always been standard to get ready for the challenging cold weather, by having Dabur Chyawanprash regularly. Before it would be time to bring out the woolens to get ready for the coming chill, it was always time to start with the regular supplement of the trusted Chyawanprash as immunity against the bouts of cold and cough.
Jaan Hai To Jahaan Hai…
For the longest time (it seems), every time the topic of taking care of one's health would come up, the argument quoted would be 'Jaan Hai To Jahaan Hai'... the result of growing up on 'DoorDarshan' and nothing but 'DoorDarshan'.
Somewhere along the line 'Jaan Hai To Jahaan Hai' gave way to more 'sophisticated' arguments.
Once in a while, I still quote it. And get a strange look from my kids in return. Understanding of certain statements, needs some experiences.
But experiences or no experiences, the fact still remains ‘Jaan Hai To Jahaan Hai’.
“It is health that is real wealth and not pieces of gold and silver.” – Mahatma Gandhi
And health is a way of life. Health is an acquired lifestyle, which is more about precaution than about care… And health is happiness.
Just as I started this with a poem, I will end it with one too…
Twinkle in his eye
He ran, daring her to catch him