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by Christopher Mudiappahpillai

A couple of days ago, for the first time in a long while, I went shopping for groceries with my dad. That’s something we used to do often when I was in elementary school, but as I grew up, I got kind of busy. And truth be told, I never really liked it when I was younger – it just wasn’t a very cool thing to do – but now I’m glad my dad took the time and interest to make me go with him.

When we went on Tuesday evening, I was pleasantly surprised to see quite a few families doing as we were, and though there weren’t many older children, there were quite a few younger ones. That’s when I realised that shopping for groceries is a very nice thing to do as a family because it allows us to do the one thing we don’t do often enough: spend time together.

Of course, I know that as family you can’t help but spend time together; you live together, after all. But that’s not what I’m talking about. I’m talking about the times when you’re just lazing about, free of the stress of having to do something important. Those are the moments we do not find ourselves in often enough. Perhaps because we don’t realise how precious they are. Or perhaps because we assume we will have more of them. But if there is one thing I have learned in the past year, it is that we never have as much time as we think. We do however, have all the time we need.

So yes, one day I will drag my kids – though they may be kicking and screaming – to the grocery store with me. But right now, I’m going to allow myself to enjoy every day that I’m given regardless of what it may bring my way. And the next time my parents ask me to go out for groceries with them, I won’t hesitate to say yes.

And a song…


Overkill

Colin Hay

I can’t get to sleep

I think about the implications

Of diving in too deep

And possibly the complications

Especially at night

I worry over situations

I know I’ll be alright

Perhaps it’s just imagination

Day after day it reappears

Night after night my heartbeat shows the fear

Ghosts appear and fade away

Alone between the sheets

Only brings exasperation

It’s time to walk the streets

Smell the desperation

At least there’s pretty lights

And though there’s little variation

It nullifies the night from overkill

Day after day it reappears

Night after night my heartbeat shows the fear

Ghosts appear and fade away

Come back another day

I can’t get to sleep

I think about the implications

Of diving in too deep

And possibly the complications

Especially at night

I worry over situations

I know I’ll be alright

It’s just overkill

Day after day it reappears

Night after night my heartbeat shows the fear

Ghosts appear and fade away

Ghosts appear and fade away