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Motherhood diaries

4 April 2014

Every now and then the three and a half year old wakes up in the middle of the night with some strange nightmare, and demands something be done at once. Deciphering what he means as I dole out dollops of love and solace becomes something of a challenge, as disoriented as one is, in the middle of the night!

Last night was no different. Finally I could make out his point of desire: 'A green rectangle juice'! I finally had to say I was going to the market to buy one, and push off and disappear around the door, as if I was, till he subsided and stopped crying.

Oh boy!


28 February 2014

Parenting is about changing orientation and even the axis, to put it in a mathematical lingo. Orientation, because you see the world in a new light. Axis, because your world has a new center of focus.

Parenting is about discovering the world anew, and surprisingly some dark, unknown secrets are revealed. You learn to understand who will stand by you, and who will not. It is the acid test of a conjugal life.

Parenting is also about digging into your deepest resources and strength, discovering a fierceness of a tigress within you that you did not know was there, trying to protect the child, growing new nerves to fight the odds.

It is giving up to fate, and not giving up to fate, sometimes.

It is about solidarity with other parents, mothers.

It is about re-evaluating your own parents, and others.

It is about the feeling of accomplishment, in the minutest of things.

It is also about intense and complex exhaustion, that the society (that is us) somehow does not endorse, or understand, or stand shoulder to shoulder with....


December 22 2013

Yesterday the three year old whispers after a long day (of having fun as well as illness), 'Ma tumi ar school e jabe na'.

He somehow has figured it out how things work with these conferences

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