I just watched a short Marathi film about the life of an elderly lady who lives alone. Her grandson comes to visit her. The grandson is quite fond of his grandmother, but being young, he has his own interests and listens only halfheartedly to his grand-mom and her memories. The message I got was the need to spend more quality time with elders. Nothing wrong with that. Definitely it would be good if all of us could do that. My question was 'is it possible for everybody to listen with keen interest to everything the elderly have to narrate, especially young people in their teens?' Young kids may love sitting with grandparents and listen to the stories they have to narrate. Teenagers and tweenies have loads to occupy their minds, what with a never ending stream of impulses from the outside world. As if all that were not enough, they have to keep up with their work and the competitive needs to be fulfilled to get on in life. Can we really judge or blame them if they are distracted even when they are with their elderly parents/grandparents? The needs and realities of each age group are different. How much easier life would be if each of us could understand this and lower our expectations and demands on others.