Thursday, June 25, 2015

Lessons from Arjun's 3rd birthday

Dearest Arjun,

You turned 3 and we won't go all cliched at how time flies. Time does not fly. You grew up right in front of us - from 2cm in my womb to what you're today.

Let's do a quick recap - we had a big bash on your happy 1st birthday, the second one was a temple trip all the way to Srirangapatnam, steeped in religious fervour and historical learning (for the adults, at least). Your grandparents, parents, your baby brother and your teenaged Ayush chacha and Pooja bua were with you all day. You wore a traditional kurta-pyjama sent by your beautiful Rup maasi all the way from Guwahati.We saw rural Karnataka and loved it. The treat in the evening was chole-bhature prepared by your dadi and a big cadburys' gem cake from dadaji. What did we parents do? Well, we took care of you, fussed all over you.

As parents, we had our ups and downs - lessons in humility, ignorance and all that you can think of. By the time, you turned one, almost everyone who knew you wanted to know if you've started speaking and toilet-trained. Your dad and i took turns to fight and defend that you're taking your own sweet time. What we forgot was you have a mind of your own and you actually got us, adults dancing to your tunes. You got work done, simply with that smile. One fine day, you just stepped out of the diaper and you wanted to sit in the loo!Don't worry about the few mishaps, we all go through that. 

Your first year of pre-school was a breeze. Your annual day dance performance floored us totally.You never wanted to practise it at home.You never allowed us to play the song at home. For some reason, you'd go mad. But you totally rocked it in school.Maybe, you wanted us to be surprised! In the middle of your performance, you paused and went to console your co-participant who was crying because he was overwhelmed and scared by the sight of the audience and the glaring stage lights. We also noticed, you plainly refuse to dance/sing/perform on demand or if someone offered you a sweet which is really relieving for your parents that you'd never ever bow down to pressure and guile.

You took your own sweet time but you are speaking so well today for your age. You're a caring soul who calls up your grandparents everyday. Yes, you're partial to your dadaji because you get to ride his old Bajaj scooter with him. We also love the way you send us off when we leave for work - you always wish we come back early with something to eat. How we love you for that trust and assurance that you'd be fine!You're a great brother to your Baby brother who you still love to smother once in a while.

You're beginning to love coloring and scribbling. You totally love finger painting, just like your dad. I've done nothing to introduce reading and the arts to you. We'll start that soon. Thankfully, you don't throw too many food tantrums - you've eaten what we eat and you can be assured that we don't eat a lot of junk or order out.But i still get a lot of dirty stares that you've lost weight and that you're not fat enough. They just forgot to notice that you're growing tall and only we know how energetic you are. Your new-found fascination for Motu-Patlu on TV is quite interesting. And, the way you toggle around on the smartphone better than most of us - we know, you just love watching/listening the nursery rhymes. Only about time, we harnessed that skill of yours effectively and wean you away to better hobbies.

This 3rd birthday, we took you to your Papa's office - they were celebrating Family day. You seemed to enjoy the merry-go-round the most. Saw you eat your popcorn and candyfloss with independence just like you do with your meals. That evening, we took you to the giant Nandi temple in the older side of Bangalore. You were very fascinated by the giant structure and if you remember, it just rained so heavily that evening and we did a fun auto-ride to Bangalore's most famous khao galli. And how you relished the piping hot rava dosa and the steaming hot idli-vada and chutney. You loved flipping your foot in the rain with the umbrella on your head. We saw so much rain that day that we almost certainly believed the gods poured heavily to bless you.

Have a fabulous year of fun,joy,travel and learning. Feel the waves, enjoy the smell of the fresh earth and have new experiences.Be kind and caring, assertive where needed. We are there with you.

Papa and Mama

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