Sunday, August 10, 2008

The Teenager

I took this picture a couple of years back in Kasauli, because the family reminded me of the teenager I once knew.

She sits apart from the rest. Moody, self-conscious, full of angst. Too old to join the twins in their play. Too young to want to help with the baby. Her grandmother calls; she pretends not to hear.

Her friends all have families of their own. She wants one too. There is a man, but her parents don’t approve. She doesn’t love him enough to defy them, but does she have a choice? No, life is just not fair!

She spies the grocer’s van - with a flick of her long tail, she is off. Monkeys love bananas, even teenage ones do.

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