What children can teach us?

Children can teach us that what we don’t find in most of the books.

My sweet, 7-year-old daughter, Mrunal is enjoying her summer holidays right now. This incident happened on last Saturday. Mrunal was playing with her dolls and toys in the drawing-room. She heard the sound of food processor and came running in the kitchen. I was having some chat with my wife while she kneaded the dough for making chapatis (Indian bread).

Mrunal stayed there until my wife finished rolling first chapati. She knew that now her Mom would put the chapati for cooking on a frying pan. As soon as the chapati started swelling, my little angel jumped up and down excitedly and insisted her mom to let the chapati swell as much as possible. Her giggles filled up the kitchen more and more as the chapati ballooned. Then my wife poked the chapati and steam flowed out with a hissing sound. This was the zenith of the ‘fun show’. The uninvited guest in the kitchen left merrily and resumed playing with her toys.

My wife and I were amused at Mrunal’s happiness at such a trivial thing; but this made us discuss how we allow many fun moments to go unnoticed in search of bigger elusive happiness. Also, we noted that she was detached as soon as the fun part was over. She did not hold onto it. This was another good lesson, I guess…

We could go on analyzing but then we too didn’t want to miss the fun in the lighter moments!

“Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.”
― Dr. Seuss

Get Set Go…

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I was concerned when my wife proposed to enroll our 5-year-old daughter into a roller skating class. First thing that came to my mind was that she’s too young! But so are the other kids who have already completed beginner stage in the class. What if she falls down? Of course, that’s how I learnt to ride a bicycle in my childhood. Okay, fine! But this isn’t necessary as in ‘mandatory’. Perhaps it’s important still…

Well, I have been extra cautious all through my life not to get into any troublesome situation on my own. Given this attitude, I find myself taking a backseat when it comes to dealing with risky propositions. Despite knowing that there might be possibility of huge gains, I tend to opt for a conservative route.

Upon introspection, I felt, this is a chance to improve a little on the attitude part that my daughter has inherited.

She will definitely learn how to maintain Balance. More importantly, she will acquire the skill to know about her weaknesses, if any, and to apply her strengths to surpass those. Like, she will utilize her nimbleness to move ahead though her lower weight shall not aid so much in gaining momentum!

She won’t recognize all this the way I’m expressing here. My point is that such experiences will be registered in her subconscious mind and shall help her in future.

For now, she is just enjoying the fun as if she is floating in air. She is smiling, and so the new class is worth it!

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Hope!

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Once, a child was observing a sparrow curiously.

The sparrow picked up a worm in her tiny beak and reached at the tree-top to feed her young ones waiting for her in the nest. Sweet chirping filled the air soon!

The child went to his mother and asked, “Mom, what do the chicks do all day sitting in the nest?”

The answer by the mother was singular, “Hope!”

 ‘That mother shall bring home some food…

Regardless whether they are bad or good!

That they will also use their wings one day

To explore the sky and find their own way!’

“But, why should they hope to leave her?” the child inquired.

“That’s because, she hopes so!” Mother said, “She knows, no matter how many, but her days are counted; and that the chicks should grow up some day and learn to look after themselves well. The world is all about being resourceful. The chicks can’t always be dependent on her. Even if it means she will be alone, she covets that what is good for them!”

“What does she do when they go away from her?” the child persisted.

Mother fought back her tears and said with courage, “She hopes, that someday, the chicks (grown up by now) would recall the warmth of the nest built by their Mom & Dad. The place where she dreamt about their grand flights! And where she still tends the soft bed in the cradle, for them to relax, hoping that time turns back! She remains alive only with a gift conferred by God on all beings, and that is,

Hope!”

I am your Mother, too!

When I decided to thank my mother in a special way on this Mother’s day, I knew that this post can be the only way I could do it; I shall request my elder brother to read this out to her as she is staying at his place as of now…


This is an old incidence from my secondary school days!

I was part of a special class run by the school apart from regular curriculum, for preparation of State Scholarship exam conducted for 7th Standard students. I used to consistently attend the lectures in the evening and would toil hard so as to be a better performer.

Then came the time when I had to submit an application after availing parent’s consent to appear. My mother told me that I was losing concentration from the studies of Board examination and probably I would have to drop scholarship exam. In any case, I had to get good grades in Board exam so as to secure admission into another good school because my existing school was till 7th std. only then.

For the next two days I remained absent from the special classes. On the Third day, our Headmistress visited my classroom during morning session and inquired about my attendance in regular classes. She approached me and asked why I had not been attending scholarship exam prep class.

When I told her about the reason, she put her hand on my head and said very gently, ‘Dear, your form is already submitted before due date along with the fees etc., and I have signed as your guardian. I know about your caliber and am sure that you shall shine in both exams. I am not your biological mother, but all you students are as close to my heart as my own children!’

My eyes softened and lips started to shiver. She said firmly, ‘Hey, young boy, men never look good while they cry. You better prepare and raise the flag of our school in the board as well as the scholarship exam’. When I shared the incidence with my mom after returning to home, she did not challenge; she honored my teacher’s decision…

Yes! I secured ranks both in the State level scholarship exam and the Board exam as well… I am sure my great teacher must have shaded a tear or two in happiness for my success! After all, her belief had come true!

I had to join a new school the very next year. When I visited my old school after a few years, I was so much lost in nostalgia that I could not utter a single word when I met my great teacher. I just touched her feet and sought her blessings that, I know, are always with all her students, forever!

You see, my mother has always cared for me and ever dreamed big for my future! In this instance though, she did not want her son to get hurt while stretching hard. Probably, it was the turn of my school teacher to play the role of my mother in a stronger way, to let me try the strength of my wings… Someday I would need to fly by myself, right?

I want to thank all mothers including mine on this Mother’s Day! I, nobody for that sake, can pay off the debt of your love, but probably we can reassure today, to live your dreams, as that’s what we know, will alone make you happy!

For me, Mother is a Sweet Reservoir of Love that never dries…

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