Our children huddled together in a room that doubled up as a bedroom by night and study by day,
We laughed a lot, fought a lot, slept on a mat and sat on the floor remaining cheerful all the time.
We had our meals together, enjoyed light music, shared housework and struggled to make ends meet.
We longed for little pleasures but were still happy with what we had,
And we thought that our life was the best since we knew none other.
We now have everything that wealth can buy – a room of our own, a car to roam around, enough to eat but no appetite for food,
Our children have flown the nest and we long for the time when life was a struggle but was worth the trouble,
When every little success made us achievers and every set back strengthened our bond.
Strange that we have what we longed for but we now long for what we had!
Our life then was best and now that we’ve seen both we know better!