I started this crazy month of ramblings with a story about my little one and I’m ending the same talking about her. Yes, this is the 29th post for the month of February and I’m so happy to have done this for my blog. I’ve made it alive 😀
I just met her this weekend. And she is a joy to be with – her instant smiles and hugs were surely a welcome break than the monotony of life. It really is. Its only when I’m away from it do I realize it.
- When she was about 5 or 6 years, she used to call her peripa (her dad’s elder brother) as Hong Kong. We just didn’t know what made her call him like that. But she loved calling him like that and then show her brilliant smile and vanish. Now, when she is so embarrassed about that name calling, he keeps calling her with that name to tease her. It’s so lovely watching them making fun of the childhood name calling.
- Even when she was a little kid, she used to be very different about her ideas and held onto them stubbornly. And sometimes, she doesn’t wanted us to guess what idea is being formed in her head. So, she’ll cover her eyes and bend down and shout “Dont read my mind” 😀 😀 (as if we couldn’t find about it otherwise 😉 )
- When we were in Hyderabad, I used to have a lady S who comes over to make chapattis and help with the household work too. And whenever she is making the chapattis, my little one will go and stand with her and talk to her. And much later, after shifting to Chennai, she tells me that she even learnt to make chapattis from S. And during those times in Hyderabad, S will make for her tiny button sized chapattis to snack on. Now, I go Awww thinking about what a people’s person my little one has been.
- When she was in her Higher Secondary, she needed to travel by the local train to reach her school. And of course, she had the train pass for her travel. But everyday morning, she’ll keep a 10/- note and a few change for one old lady and one old man who stand on the way to the railway station. She just cannot pass by them, without giving them the money. She used to tell “I want to help such people Ma”.
- The train is a great place to make friends. While she was travelling one day, there were a lot of transgender people asking for money. And my little one was very scared of them then. So, she kept the money ready in her hand. But when those people came near her, they refused to take money from students, citing that “I’ve also studied M.Com and I don’t want money from students”. My daughter was so stunned and then came home to another session “Ma, I’ve a doubt on transgender”.
- And with all her doubts on this thing and that thing, I’m very happy that she always came to me with it. She’s one hell of a curious cat and she has never hesitated to come to me with her share of questions, starting from “Why this maid is doing like this?” to “You know why this happened in Fifty shades of grey, right??” – Yeah, that’s her 😀
- She went swimming and banged her face on the pool wall and broke her front tooth. For a long time, she was with one half-broken tooth in the front row. She used to hesitate so much to give a full smile for pictures. And then over time, she got over it – crooked teeth or what, I’ll smile my brilliant way. That’s my girl!
- It was a rainy evening in Hyderabad. And the girls were playing down while I was finishing the dinner cooking. Suddenly elder one comes running telling that the younger one has fallen down. I went crazy. More than acting calm, my mind was rushing with images and my heart was pounding. She and her friends had tried cycling over a car drive-way slope and because of the rains the break was slippery and she lost balance and had fallen down. Luckily she was not hurt badly but she was crying. She should be about 10 or 11 years old and quite tall for her age. And when I realized that her leg was swollen little bit, I just carried her from the car park to home. I didn’t know from where I got the strength to carry her like that. All through, she was telling me the same thing “How come you’re carrying me Ma?” I amazed myself that day and she went Awww over me J
- She loves to sit on the kitchen top and keep dragging me into her hug, which I miss so terribly these days.
- The way she updates me about whats happening in her friends circle and what they are doing, how she is patching up with old friends, how she has matured enough to forgive her friends for what they did long time back – I love gossip sessions with her.
- The way she cuddles and talks stories with her pattis is something special.
- She’s the youngest of all the cousins in the paternal side and everyone still treats her like a tiny kid. No one even wants to believe that she is in college on her own…ha ha 😀 But she takes in all those things with a smile and emanates the power of self-confidence and the ability to do things all by herself. I’m just so proud of her ❤