All of a sudden, there were shrieks of agony and screams of despair emanating from everywhere. Accusations and angry snarls followed soon. From every room of our house. It seemed that an all out war bugle has been sounded and all means of assault will follow soon.
From one room there were roars of blasphemy and from another one a song which was playing a tad too loudly stopped and a howl so loud filled the air that our furry companion looked alarmed but dismayed that he now has to do better. There were shouts, confusion, ruckus in others, sounds of things being flung and hurled.
The members of the family started to pour out of their rooms, which is where they are found all the time these days, squealing in high pitch of anguish and despair, something about doomsday coming too soon in their lives.
The family was eyeing each other in a hateful accusatory manner and were taking those aggressive stances, which you see in a battlefield, ready to attack each other at the slightest provocation or if they get an idea who is the reason behind their appalling state.
Before you think, we are an ancient clan or savages, that is not true. The reason for this became quite apparent in a minute and it could be summed up in three simple words
The internet is down.
Pathetically dependent are we on the internet, and if it goes down, the world around us seems to break into tiny pieces of calamity, hopelessness, despair, chaos, and life comes to a complete standstill.
For me, it gave me a sense of peace, when I looked at all my family members, aged 6 to 70, standing around, although ready to pounce on the perpetrator or just anybody.
I have never seen them all together before at one place, at the same time, never even on the dining table together!!
It was a treat to me and I was misty eyed.
I too was, hunched on the kitchen board, watching a Youtube, learning how to cook an entrée, and was following directions, on how exactly to cut the onion slices.
Yeah you got it, seeing the family together was not what got me misty-eyed but the onions had. But it also meant that now I don’t know, what to do next, and how to get the lunch ready, for the family to continue to be together.
I have to improvise and fast, if I would like them to dine at the table, in a less hostile manner of course, and come have lunch together. I cannot order in. Ooops!! The internet is down, the apps will not work … hmmm…!! If I call the local diner directly, they will be confused and not know what to do, perhaps.
But age old mother’s recipe comes to my rescue and I quickly got the family to help me out.
Sometimes, internet being down, can be counted to bring families together. To actually look at each other and just talk and do family chores together.
In the modern world, it is not love which brings a family together, it is the malfunction of internet which does.