What a great idea!
Just last night I was listening to Cat Stevens' old song, Father and Son,
which is a heart-wrenching conversation between a father and his son. As always the words:
From the moment I could talk,
I was ordered to listen,
Now there's a way
And I know
I have to go away.
I know I have to go
hit me in the pit of my stomach.
It seems to me that we often really do push our children away in this manner. It might have worked a century ago in Punjab, but it clearly isn't working now, both in Punjab and in the Diaspora. Whether we like it or not, the time has come when we older folks need to shut up and listen to the young ones now and then. My experience is that if we really listen, we will be amazed at what is going on inside them. As we have much to teach them, so they also have much to teach us.
Here's the song. Please listen. The lyrics are on screen.