What is a treasure that’s been lost?
I have lost so many material things in my life. All those can be retrieved.
When I had my younger one, we watched him like a hawk to see his growth milestones. He was a bit delayed in language and he was just picking up English. He never got hang of our mother tongue Tamil. It really did not bother us since, unlike his brother he was typical.
When he was in first grade he started Sunday school at our local temple. This was our first attempt at us exposing him to our culture. It took a few years before they started our language class but it was too late. He was already doing so many other activities that him learning our language took a back seat and we pulled him out of it soon. But we did continue his prayer classes at the temple.
We did have our language channels for news and soaps and movies on TV but with everything available on youtube we disconnected those services. So whatever little language he was hearing on our TV also stopped.
As my younger one finishes his High School and gets ready for college I now feel I have failed to pass on our language to him. He can fluently understand our language but cannot make a conversation. There are so many components of the language that he has lost. So for me I would say I have lost a treasure called tamil language for my son. I didn’t regret when he was little but as he grows up I feel that has been thrown away.
Okay, this maybe an opportunity for me to forward my blog to him and request him to take more interest and learn our language . With so many online tools if he puts his mind he can do it. Anyhow the language is in his DNA.
Anyhow if he does get married and has kids, I plan to be like Marie (I love Raymond, mother in law) and may be place myself in his house more often than I am welcome and teach his kids Tamil.😊