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If You Can't Beat Them Join Them

02 February, 2012

By Monee Auntie

I started writing articles more than 20 years ago at that time the meaning of Machiavellian theories were applied only in politics not any more… As I think and I believe that old life was very simple. The biggest tensions in our old times were, of course, our exam results, what to wear at our friend's birthday party and as we grew older the availability of university notes become big problems. Words such as Internet or Google were not even in our dictionaries!! I told you life was simple.

I always used to laugh at my parents when they talked about "good old times" but seriously our parent's times were much better and safer than ours. Now how can you allow your kids to move around freely with all the kidnapping, car accidents and bomb blasts etc?

The other day my eldest son was complaining about lack of activities with friends. So I invited few of his friends for a Pizza party (tea party is an alien thing for them) After sometime like any other FBI agent I was spying my kids friends !! How embarrassing but I had no choice. Some of the kids I knew but others were new for me. So I started observing them closely. I know my son always get annoyed whenever I enquire him about smoking. So while playing PS 3 I candidly asked one of his friends about school environment and smoking and boy!! the expressions on my son face were… not again mom!! At once it strike to me, am I getting old like grand ma's ? But what should I do ? I am a concerned mother. Kids these days have passed words on their mobile, Face books. Hotmails, Gmails and God knows what other means? In our times (I sound like my parents) we were like open books for our elders any one could read us.

Keeping in mind Machiavelli quote "If you can't beat them join them" I have started playing football on PS 3 (which I always lose). I have become addicted to Face Book and now I am planning to watch movie "Mission Impossible" in cinema with my kids (Oh God I hate violence) but if you can't beat _ _ _ _ .

Untill next time…Take care..

Monee Auntie.

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