Finally, the weekend is here! For most of the working professionals, after five days of what has been a tiring week, it is time to rest, relax and spend time with family and friends. And yes! The word ‘Weekend’ may sound normal to many but it has, altogether, a different meaning especially for the working society. And for the students too, be it school or college.
In other words, it simply means no office work for the working class and no classes for students. Thus, it gives one a perfect time to be with their families and loved ones. However, considering the ongoing situation of Manipur, one might ask, what’s the real value in a weekend when thousands around the state are suffering due to the present crisis. Or how can we enjoy while others suffer? A valid question and all the more important for one to spend time with their families.
However, considering the current situation in the state, it is all the more important that one should spend a good quality time with their families. One has seen how this clash that has been going on for over five months now has destroyed not only properties and lives but also families; houses destroyed, parents separated from their children, wives becoming widows, children becoming orphans and parents losing their children to the clash.
The report of a 14-year-old boy who fainted and died a few minutes later, just after meeting his parents after over three months, is still fresh in our minds. For that many months, he was deprived of the joy and happiness of being with his family amidst the ongoing crisis. And for that many months or so, imagine what might have been going through his mind – thinking, if he'll ever meet his family again, if he'll ever see his village or friends again. But fate had a different idea and took him off this world. May his soul rest in peace.
Isn’t that one reason enough for us to spend some quality time with our families amid all the chaos in the state? So, this weekend let us take time to spend some good quality time with our families.
“At the end of your life, you will never regret not having passed one more test, not winning one more verdict, or not closing one more deal. You will regret time not spent with a husband, a friend, a child, a parent.” - Barbara Bush
(The views expressed are personal)