Baby Steps-Then and Now

slow down, hold my finger, he cautioned

grab the handle, don’t ride fast! he shouted

don’t stay out late, it’s not safe, he warned

worry, excitement, anxiety, enthusiasm, 

joy and pride, pain and sorrow

the father experienced a flurry of emotions

as the son took baby steps into the big bad world


focus, see how I move my finger’, he cautions

touch it lightly, don’t bang on the screen, he shouts

don’t click on any random link, it’s not safe, he warns

joy, excitement, and enthusiasm, 

exasperation, worry, and anxiety

the son is a bundle of emotions

as the father takes baby steps into the digital world.


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Written by Seema Taneja

Formerly a teacher of English language, she is now a full-time blogger, writer, and poet. A bi-lingual writer, she writes on social justice, gender issues, women and child rights, economics, and political affairs, in English and Hindi. She contributes to several platforms like Women's Web, Momspresso, The Anonymous Writer and her write-ups have also been published in The Times Of India. Her stories have been featured in several anthologies. She has won many awards for her writing, including the prestigious Orange Flower Award for Writing with Social Impact in Hindi.

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