Life, Ram Leela, Work life balance

Home away from home

Drafted on Nov. 14, 2011

Ram has been going to a home based daycare since he was roughly five months old. Until recently, the drop off in the mornings has been my least favorite part. If he was not crying, you could see his eyes weighed down with melancholy and longing. Needless to say, the drop offs felt like the most unnatural thing to do.

For the past few weeks, things have been different though. And today, in particular, is a red lettered day. During drop off, Ram smiled at his care taker, went to her willingly, and couldn’t wait to go to the play area. Better still, he happily waved a good bye to me. My morning could not have started on a sweeter note.

I would like to think that this milestone means Ram is beginning to understand that his daycare is his home away from home, and that he realizes that he can trust and be happy with folks outside his family. First of the many life lessons to come.

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