Celebrating the happy little things of life around me.
What are your little things?
Celebrating the happy little things of life around me.
What are your little things?
“What do I draw? Tell me.”
“The plant. Or, may be leaves.”
“I don’t know how to draw leaves. Ok, mom tell me. What are you drawing?”
“Peacock? Parrot? Show me, show me!!”
“Wait! Let me finish it first.”
“What do I draw then?”
“Choose whatever you like. There are no rules for that.”
(A little wind, rain and power cut followed each other in quick succession.)
“Yeah, it started raining outside. Let’s go and draw the rain!!”
“What? It’s dark outside. You can’t even see it properly.”
“Let’s try. Come on.”
(We went to the dark balcony with him holding my finger, his book, pencil carefully and while I held my phone, just in case to use as torch. We settled down calmly to watch the rain.)
“Yeah. It’s dark. I can’t see a thing. Let’s wait.”
“I said so.”
(I started wishing for a warm cup of coffee in hand).
“Yeah. Look at that car. With that light from headlights, I can see the rain. Let’s draw car in the rain.”
“Its ok mom. Let me draw.”
(The car was parked even before hestarted putting the pencil down and the headlights were off.)
“What do we do now?”
“Ok. Let’s wait again.”
(The power is back at home but not on the streets.)
“See the lightning (with thunders here and there). I can see the buildings and rain now.”
“Go on and draw it.”
“Ok. The rain on buildings. Let me draw. Oh!! It’s gone too soon.”
“Let’s wait again.”
(I know lighting can’t be trusted to give us light enough to draw the rain. Neither does the cars that come and go, now and then. Nevertheless, we waited in the balcony till the rain subsided.)
“Mom, let’s get inside.”
“You wanna draw rain now. You saw it enough.”
“Now that there is no rain, let’s draw something else.”
“Ok. Let’s sleep and think of something else to draw tomorrow.”
Conversations like this with my little one are the ones I want to remember, forever. I wish I can freeze these moments, store them to cherish for ever.
To see the day and night, the way we see it now. To play the games, we play now. To tell the bedtime stories, we share now.
Let there be rain or no rain, light or no light, holiday or Monday, let moments like these stay with us. Every single day.
And about us drawing the rain, we are waiting for the rain to come again, when we both are ready and in mood to draw. Probably during day time this time.
Hello. Hope you had a great summer with your loved ones. I had too.
Filled with hot(est) days, fruit juices, new friends, cousins, kids (now and then), vacation plans (will share details soon), diets, personal training, sore muscles, a little weight loss, long conversations with husband, book readings (Harry Potter one night and Lean management principles on other night), retirement plans (what happened to me and us!!!), movie nights and few binge eating episodes of street food, my summer felt good.
And I am glad it started raining a little, now and then, lately. Finally!!!
I am slowly getting myself comfortable in this new phase of life. In new office, with new people and new almost everything for 9 hours of my weekdays. I am learning and I am doing fine. I haven’t found my new BFFs yet but yeah, hopefully soon I will find them.
Coming to this post, today morning I woke up to my alarm as usual. With the cool breeze coming out of the window, I thought of having a moment for myself in the balcony, along with my phone to capture few good things around. It felt good. It’s nothing big or grand, but it definitely felt good.
The sun, my little greens and few reds and yellows (raised with loads of care and love by my husband). You can see the pictures below.
And I think the quickest way to make to make myself happy is to take pictures. A few good ones, if possible and I felt the happiest instantly. (Though my trainer made me feel otherwise an hour later while lifting the weights, but that’s story for another day.)
For today, I wanted to say hello to you again from my little garden.
P.S.: I have also noticed that this blog turned an year old recently. So, Happy birthday to this little place.
“If nothing ever changed, there will be no butterflies” – unknown
Here I am now, back to my blog, after a break of around two months. I was busy sorting things, making choices, crossing fingers, writing mails, finishing the pending tasks, making plans, handing over duties and preparing myself to move on. To new job with new team.
Thus, I chose to slow down.This phase needed me to sit back and watch things happen, at their own pace, one step at a time, one day at a time and I did so.
Apart from the transition part, the best things that happened in the last two months was that my baby boy graduated from pre-primary school and I had plenty of memories from my trip to china where I had the opportunity to play in snow, board the bullet train, visit Beijing, eat in Indian restaurant in China and climbing the never ending stairs of great wall of China. I am very grateful for the travel experiences.
The tough part was preparing my work friends (aka colleagues) and myself for my departure.
Now, today, I wanted to post here to say that I will come back to this blog once the transition is over. With clear mind and light heart. Soon.
Stay in touch. Have a good time.
(Pic: sunset in Beijing)
Saying that I was busy since last month to take time out to write a blog post here would be lie. There were moments where are I was totally free, feeling super creative, thoughtful and energetic but I don’t know why this blog post thing didn’t happen.
Ok. I will tell you what I have been doing, in few simple words below.
Learning: how to draw dragon, from my baby boy.
Practicing: lead notes to my first few sings on guitar (not the entire songs but just the first few lines)
Listening: all new Bollywood party songs coz we are taking Zumba seriously at home lately (wink)
Eating: lots of sweets. I don’t know how this new craving began but right now, I am eating at least one or two a day.
Workout: now this is the big part of my day lately and I am glad that I am continuing this new year goal even after the third week of January. So, I think that is big progress. And my recent sweets obsession is making me work out more, as if you compensate for the extra calories put in my body.
Favorite webpage: pop sugar fitness page. There is lots of important information here for fitness amateurs like me.
Planning: a trip to chennai next week. Trying to learn a couple of Tamil words here and there.
Reading: serious philosophy stuff.
Insta-stalking: Ballerinas and their poses and moves and workouts.
Goal: this year, unlike any other year, I have finally learnt that one is enough. I just had one goal for this year. To be my best fit self.
So, that is the story guys. How is your new year going on?
These days are wonderful, with you.
As you keep on talking, I keep on listening. And smiling. And nodding. And getting to know you better.
The more, the merrier. For both of us.
You show me picture of snow bear, talking excitedly about what they do and eat and where they live. I nod my head confirming that such things exist. And then you ask me about rain cats and sun tigers.
I notice how quickly you relate things and make connections. I am learning.
You request me for stories of dinosaurs, deers and butterflies before bed.
I open up my silly imagination.
The other day, you request me for stories of dinosaurs, deers and butterflies before bed. I say that I am tired.
And you understand and share your stories instead.
I was struggling to play decent notes on guitar since an year. You joined drums class two weeks back and you want to complete drums lessons by class 2 and learn piano by class 4 and guitar by class 6.
You are ready for the new things. I am listening to you while tuning my guitar strings.
You want to hide scars on your little knees, torn papers from school books, broken legs of animal toys, crayon drawings on dressers which tests my nerves a little. But when you show me stars and smileys from teacher on your homework and kiss me for helping you, I tend to forget the tough parts of our day.
You ask me take pictures. Of your drawing, crayons, baby dinosaurs (coming out from eggs) and your little hands. And then you change poses even before I unlock my phone and touch my camera button. Before I take take a decent pic. You are quick.
I will pick up.
Before you move on to the next stage, the next class, the next cartoon, next new game, new hobby, I want to hold you now, box these moments and say big wholehearted thank you to you. With a kiss.
For being sweet, quick, lovable, understanding and kind to this mom who is learning how to play this mom game. You are rocking this stage every single day and I am taking cues, picking up toys from floor, learning names, learning grace, making notes in mind to do a better job tomorrow. I am working on it.
Telling stories, hiding our faults, helping each other, and remembering to take a few pictures along the way for keepsake, we are ready. For tomorrow. Side by side. Hand in hand.
Let’s move on.
Sit. And sip.
Before the you get the next call for hot water. Or that red colored spoon. Or missing socks. Or sauce. Or watering plants (which I imagine they do call me for water these days).
They can wait. A bit.
May be another minute.
Sit. And sip.
Before you begin running again for little race you began in the morning while putting the milk to boil on stove. You can continue it. You will finish it on time.
But for now, sit. And sip.
Because, you love it and you are blessed by a couple of hands to help you. The most lovely and helpful couple of hands that allow you the liberty to warm up your own hands with the little cup of coffee on winter mornings. Together, you can make up for the lost time. You for them. Them for you.
I am telling this to myself almost everyday, and doing my best to not miss it (with so much help from my boys, of course) coz this winter is not going to stay forever. Neither the morning cold breeze nor the friendliest sunrise. Though it may happen tomorrow, it will not be the same as today. Isn’t it.
And so, Sit. And sip.
And carry on.
Pick up speed afterwards. And make sure to be on time.
To school. And to office.