The price you pay to 'grow up'
I used to live in a quaint little panchayat (something in between a village and a small town) when I was a kid. Having no friends to play with, my lonely hours were spent in roaming the place, exploring the many lonely streets and playing with the street dogs when I was sure no one else was looking. I was lonely even then, my father being my only play mate and him finding not too much time to spend with me because of his job (He was an Ayurveda Doctor). And yet I never knew, then, that loneliness was something so horrible. In fact, I never felt I was lonely. Another thing I had then, which I never realised I had, was my smile. I'll tell you how I discovered that I had a smile so adorable.
About four years back I visited the place where I spend my time as a kid and went about revisiting my past and some old acquaintances. There was this old lady, Lilly aunt, who used to make such delicious chicken delicacies for Christmas. I visited her to say a "hai". And when we were talking she suddenly remarked, "My child, you still have that smile on your face!". Now, I was quite taken aback at that comment. I couldn't comprehend what she was referring to. Seeing that puzzled look on my face she herself explained to me what she meant - "You smile from your open heart. It's not too easily that you find grown ups smiling like that". I admit, I was so throughly flattered by that! I never knew I had something like that. But this was before my break up and at a time when I still looked at life trough a pink glass. I wonder whether I still have that smile on my face. I guess, not.
Look at those kids in the pic. Look at their smile. No pretenses, no self-cautiousness, no restraints... Just that heavenly, divine, infectious smile on their face. Haven't you wondered? When you are down and out, that's exactly what you need to feel good again - someone smile at you like that! I don't know how many of our grown up friends can do that? No one, I suppose!
I'm sure even you had this gift from God, when you were young. And look at the prize we all had to pay and that too, to 'grow up' and learn that this world is not as pink as it seemed once! Is it really worth all that?