Remember that time?
You are born into a middle class home. You start to grow up normal. You have to go to school. You form habits and hobbies. You are so carefree. Remember those long and lazy holidays stretching gloriously ahead after the school year ended?
You start degree college at around age 18, just as the rebellious, self-conscious and confused teenage dragon in your tummy begins to quiet down. You cram stuff just before exam day until your brain sizzles. You give presentations and submit assignments. You participate in inter-collegiate festivals. Remember when your team won first place?
You sharpen your flirting skills. You fall in, out and back in love. You hang out with friends day in, day out. Remember that shit movie you all sat through, passing comments and hooting loudly, that awesome conversation over that superb cold coffee on hot summery nights…
You give interviews or you plan for future education. You jump in as a fresh-faced young employee into the workforce. You take your first whiff of the enticing smell of money you earned. Remember that gift you bought your loved one with your first pay check?
You bang your head against the wall over pushing deadlines and costly mistakes at work. You get married. You ‘settle down’. You call someone else also ‘mother’, ‘father’ and it does not seem strange at all. You buy a home. You buy a car. You have babies. Remember the first time you held your little ones?
You are responsible, you are cautious. You have too much to lose now. You watch those versions of you and your plus-one grow up fast. You watch yourself grow old slow. Remember picking out and holding up that first white hair?
You yearn to play…with your grandchildren. You remember your childhood fondly. Finally, you want to go to sleep…forever.
That’s who you are, you ordinary human being. You are small fry.
[(From the dictionary) Small fry – adj\ˈsmȯl-ˌfrī\ – meaning: minor, unimportant.]
Small fry wriggle through ordinary, powerless lives as BIG and awful things happen. Remember that time?
Bombs were blasted at busy places. Scandals were exposed. Poverty ridden farmers committed suicides. Women were assaulted. Wars were fought. Earthquakes caused tremendous damage. Terrorists struck. Holy people foiled the public. Helpless settlements were plundered. Tsunamis surged. Protesters were shot …
Small fry digest daily news and mull over it. Small fry post Facebook updates about it. Small fry take up heated discussions on the internet.
Small fry feel the pain
Small fry hang heads in shame
Small fry boil with anger and disdain
But all small fry can do is wring their hands in vain.