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With the birth of a child, a mother also takes birth..and together they bond and explore the joys of this relationship.
Seems like just the other day, when we welcomed you, my angel,
You touched my life and made it pure golden!
I cried in happiness, seeing you smiling in sleep,
When I held you in my arms, you swept me off my feet;
And deep within I knew — my life was set for a beautiful change for sure.
You gave me sleepless nights and a hard time,
Harder than any of my targets, schedule and corporate deadlines;
You failed all my cleanliness drives and routines,
Commotion and chaos is what I started to enjoy and even see in my dreams;
From my office formals — to a pyjama and a T-shirt mom,
I stumbled, I fell, I switched to a sabbatical from a work from home mom;
Forcing me to be happy in situations ever so wild;
With your beautiful smile, you surely were changing my life!
Reading you the many story books, feeding you the last spoon,
Playing peekaboo and chasing you across the rooms,
I realised how important it was, to be a healthy and an active mom;
You sent me back to my jogging spree; you, you made me eat healthiest of healthy,
Pushing me always to be on my toes — Junior, you made me stronger for sure!
From changing your diapers to helping me clean your poo;
Papa turned his working hours to spend more time with you;
Happy to join us as we sang those nursery rhymes
to teaching you a brofist and a high five;
From taking you for a bike ride to playing music for you,
How he had all the time under the sky for you;
By your fun ways — Junior, You changed him which I had never imagined for sure!
Your being around made your grandparents become children again;
Ready to play and dance with you again and again;
From never forgetting that kaala teeka to always remembering to pray for you;
They left their TV screens and instead spent time with you;
Your contagious laughter bonded all of us around you;
By your so very innocent ways — Junior, you brought the family closer for sure!
And then one day you fell ill, my life just came to a standstill;
From all household ideas to the docs, I explored them all!
I became weak, but I learnt,
Motherhood is resilience; I need to be strong
From that day till today, you have been teaching me things;
Things we forget as we move on;
From music to craft work to your competitions, we have been participating together in them all;
You keep sending us back to the basics — we have been improving on parenting for sure!
As we celebrated your fourth birthday and settled you in school,
I thought I would have more time, to go back to my earlier corporate schedule.
But the more I thought about it, the more I felt otherwise.
Inspired by your beautiful smile; I took the cause of making many children smile.
You made me listen to my true calling —
And seek happiness by making the less fortunate children smile!
And as I write this and look back,
I feel growing with you every day and each hour;
From conquering my fears to,
laughing incessantly with you my little charmer,
Being a mom has been the life’s most precious and truest achievement so far!
It seems like just the other day-
When you came, and I held you in my arms,
You touched my life and transformed it all,
And as I birthed you, I was born!
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Mostly Normal is a book of innocence, longing, filial love, angst and acceptance, encapsulating a gamut of human emotions within its lightweight edifice. The book touches the human heart and will stay with you.
Some books enthral you till the last page, and then there are those that you stop reading after turning a few pages. Some books are a one-time read, while you carry some books with you long after you have read them. Then, once in a while, a book hits you so close to home that you find it difficult to slot into any category.
I will put Priyadeep Kaur’s Mostly Normal (BookSoul Reads, 2022) in this last bracket.
At a little less than hundred pages, Mostly Normal is a testimony of the power of words to inspire, irrespective of their length.
Most women do not get to live their lives the way they want, on their own terms. So why should they be tied down in their old age?
Every morning, while dropping the kids at the bus stop, I find a grandfather waiting with his granddaughter. I see him again when I fetch the kids. This has been the pattern for the last few years.
He is seen actively participating in his granddaughter’s activities, from morning and evening walks to attending her parent-teachers meeting, sending her for extracurricular activities to even planning her birthday party. He is admired by all. He is appreciated for making himself useful in his old age. People rave that the doting grandfather is doing his duty towards his children and grandchildren. The much-admired grandfather is also a widower, having lost his wife years ago to chronic disease. It’s also to be noted that both his son and daughter-in-law are working parents.
Every day, the onlookers appreciate his sense of duty and dedication. They say that this is how the elderly should keep themselves occupied. They should bring up their grandchildren while their children go off to work.
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