The Beautiful Chaos of Times Together

Picture this.

Beautiful green meadows dressed in beds of yellow and white blooms, all hemmed in by lush green hills. The backdrop, this natural canvas as if out of a fairy tale. Sounds magical, doesn’t it? Well, there is more. On one end of this picturesque setting lay an enclosure walled by coniferous trees. Trees with dark green leaves reaching endlessly towards azure blue skies. And this secluded, almost hidden away from prying eyes. Leading away from there, a path swathed with twigs and leaves to a stream flowing at a distance. And in the silence of the woods the echo of delight. Folks smiling, talking and having fun in the middle of that, almost as if in a parallel universe. Moms and dads alike chopping and cutting in preparation to cook. A few even working at getting the fire started to be used for cooking later on, using vessels as big as a witch’s cauldron. The children playing in groups, giggling, few crying too but overall all cheerful amidst chaos. This scene, the beginning of a day with family and friends, a day of being together, is what comes to my mind when someone talks about picnics.

What about you?

There was a time when picnics were an annual feat in my life especially during New Year’s. It was something everyone looked forward to. I remember spending some beautiful winter days in the lap of nature surrounded by people I love. The food prepared out in the open always left a wonderful aftertaste. That picnic chicken curry is still my favorite and no one has been able to replicate that since. But do you know what the best part about such picnics was? The time spent together, yes, the key word here is together.

The tradition, I’m sure, is still continued back home but I haven’t had a chance to go on one for what seems like ages now. Moving away for higher education and then starting work in a new city later on came in the way of these little tidbits of life I had taken for granted. And now as clichéd as it sounds, where is the time?

Everything is virtual in these days of the social network which I don’t mind, considering a lot of people simply get on my nerves and I’m better off without meeting them in flesh. But then again once in a while a picnic or a get together really does no harm.

I don’t know about you but these days I make do with quite dinner parties with friends and family. Well, at least those few who happen to live in the same city as I do. These are of-course few and far in between because like I said, nobody has the time.

There was a time when I would meet cousins at least once a year. Now, I don’t even remember the last time I had taken time out to just speak to any of them other than on their birthdays. Should I say this is the downside of the fast tracked lives we lead, how scattered our circle is or technology? I don’t know but I do know that something somewhere went missing.

I just hope we can bring that back into our lives. The future generation needs to know there is more to life than social media, there is more to life than virtual friends. And the chaos of being together with family and friends only adds to the pleasures of life.

But how do we do that?

Simply by being together!

·         Making it a point to take time out to meet family and friends.
·         Not waiting for that special occasion to make plans. Make mundane special, I say.
·         Maybe, not leaving everything for the weekend?
·         Giving importance to face-to-face interactions occasionally rather than just Facebook chats.
·         Impromptu dinner parties with friends and family. It’s the meet that matters not the meat (or what’s on the plate!)
·         Calling instead of relying on WhatsApp. I know I’m guilty of not doing that too.
·         Planning holidays around meeting family, extended family even.
·  You add the next one here!


Linking this to #1Word Wednesdays hosted by Lisa of The Golden Spoons and Janine of Confessions of a Mommyaholic. The words this week were creepy or chaos. I chose the latter.

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