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A summer without vacation!

April 23, 2009

Just the mention of summer vacation makes any child jump with happiness! I used to go mad in my childhood with the onset of summer vacation. No school, completely free like a bird.. free to do anything without any kind of interruption from the parents!
Ah! It used to be such a fun..!!!!

Remembering our childhood, me and darshit decided to get the feel of summer vacation again! We both joined a sports club and started going for swimming, tennis and other stuff available there. It turned out be a great refreshing experience for us.

As we started frequenting the place.. we observed small children flocking the place almost for the entire day!! The pool was full of small children struggling to learn swimming. More children struggling to hold tennis racket but still being forced to the court! I felt little relief to see no children in the gym..!


We could see all the parents forcing their children to jump in the water.. and children crying their heart out and pleading to escape from the pool! The sight was not so pleasing as we could see small children of age 5-7 years being forced by their parents to learn these activities! The worst incident occured when one kid vomited with the fear of jumping in the water…!!!

We couldnt stop ourselves from comparing… were our summer vacations the same?! The answer is obvious NO. I do not see any vacation here.. I do not see these children enjoying the freedom.. I do not see their cheerful faces.. I do not see them enjoying what they are doing… Instead I see them competing even outside their schools.. competing to excel in everything..!! And the reason is that the parents want their child not only to learn but excel in everything right from the birth!!

I am not sure how much pressure and competition these children have to undergo at such an early stage of their lives! I just hope we all become more sensitive towards the children of our society and give them enough space and freedom to grow and mature. They too have the right to enjoy their summer vacation as we did!

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. Anny permalink
    September 28, 2009 9:28 pm

    hey very true vineeta….
    these days kids are even not allowed to play outside house,after their summer camps, they have to just sit and watch cartoon or play video games…

  2. Arijit permalink
    September 28, 2009 9:29 pm

    very true…. there are children who are lost in a race for SURVIVAL OF THE FITTEST!!! and there are children who don’t even get to know what a summer vacation is…

  3. Kumar Ahir permalink
    September 28, 2009 9:30 pm

    are we bringing competition at the very early stage of life? it’s because the elders can’t impart their time to their kids for better understanding of life, they are sent to such summer camps. western attack!

  4. Brijesh Gajera permalink
    September 28, 2009 9:31 pm

    You are on target, Vineeta. These children are forced to be champion of tomorrow but the parents forget that these little ones want to enjoy their today. Probably, at the best, the parents of today are influenced by the media hype and noise created around the champions, or at the worst, they want to accomplish through their children what they couldn’t do in their youth. But this summer vacation topic makes me nostalgic about my childhood – wandering around without no worries of homework, playing with friends for the whole day, pounding on the food the moment I get back to home etc.

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