Child

For some reason this song refused to be forgotten, even after almost 30 years! I faintly remembered the lyrics, did not recall the name of the singer, but the lines just refused to go out of my mind

 ‘Child, you don’t know
you’ll never know how far they’d go
to give you all their love can give

to see you through and God it’s true
they’d die for you, if they must, to see you live’

 Today by sheer chance I stumbled upon it. Child by Freddie Aguilar: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yLGC7MmEIyo and I played it a couple of times feeling nostalgic. I realized today that the original was http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-n-2lPzH7Do&feature=fvwrel and Freddie was a Pilipino folk singer.

It was in Mulky, my home town, a quaint little town on the coast of Karnataka, India. The year must be 1983-84. My room was on the first floor of my parental house, overlooking vast expanses of fields – paddy fields. I used to spend a lot of time listening to Lobo, Paul Anka etc., while I was supposed to be studyingJ. Gone are the golden days…

In many ways I can say my parents were the kind explained in the song. I know for a fact, I’m not the kind of mom, my mother was. I don’t remember a single day, I had to come back home from school or college to unlock the door. I was fortunate to grow up in a time when my mom was always home and there was hot food waiting on the kitchen table for me (and my brother).

My kids on the other hand had to return from school to an empty house, situation (most) children of working mothers undergo. They had to depend on bakery snacks and heat the milk themselves. My elder son got used to taking care(!) of his younger brother from an early age of 7 years. While my nieces and nephews grew up with home cooked, wholesome food, my kids depended on neighboring restaurants…  

Well, listen to the song and let me know what emotions it evokes in you!

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