We had created an email account for Hari a few years back but never really used it. Now that he reads and writes, we have started using it as a medium to keep him posted on things pertaining to him. He seems to be getting a flavor for it. His first few emails were around, “Amma, you are the best mom in the whole world”, then he used emails to coax me into doing things, “Amma, do you think we could go to park today, please, pretty please?”. Sometimes he would reply with maturity, “Amma, thank you for your encouragement. I hope to do good”.
I love love getting these emails with so many different flavors. The formal tone of the emails laced with stretching spelling, typical for a seven year old, is another reminder to me that although he is so matured and grown up on the outside, deep down he is still a little child. The reserve of innocence may be depleting but it’s still there.
“Amma, do you want to know my email password”, asked a rather excited Hari. “Only if you want to share it with me”, I replied pretending not to know what it is. He whispered the password and told me to keep it as a secret. “Why should it be a secret Hari”, I asked to pick his brain. “Because if you say it loudly some robber might hear it and break your computer”. Ha, password security through the eyes of a first grader.
“Why does Yuna keep writing to me always amma”, asked a rather puzzled Hari as he was checking his email account to reply to folks that had wished him for his b’day. The question cracked me up as I explained to him, “Hari, remember the last time we talked about it? Like how we have strangers in real world, we have strangers that write to our email ids. They are called spammers. Like how you are not suppose to talk to strangers unnecessarily, you should not open emails from someone you do not know.” Yuna was so real to him. Someone who doesn’t know him would know his email id and would actually write to him was so unfathomable to Hari. I think he gets it, sort of. In his words, “I am going to call Yuna as Junk Girl from now on mama.”
Drafted on Dec 08
Amma at home to receive him after half a day at school. Steaming spaghetti topped with melted cheese and baby carrots on the side to satiate his monstrous appetite. A time table that allows ample unstructured time to unwind and do things that holds his fancy while taking care of the must do items. Catching up on some cricket news with appa on the phone and briefing him on how the day was. Lying on the ground with the yellow crayon box and doodling away to glory. The anticipation of playing cricket with amma before heading to swimming class. Ordinary but priceless moments to Hari and I.
I work from home on Thursdays when my work commitments allow me to. If I am not working from home, Hari is off to after school program, which he looks forward to with equal relish. Since this seemingly ordinary Thursday is not necessarily a every Thursday affair, I am thankful whenever it materializes. I am greatful to my company for understanding that there is life beyond work that needs to be nourished and nurtured.
Drafted on Dec 05
While I have been dabbling with Groupon and coupons, Da has been trying his hands on online shopping. Want to buy holiday presents for teachers? go to Amazon. Want to buy monthly detergent? use the Amazon Subscribe and Save feature. Do you have little kids who are on diapers? no worries, try Amazon Mom. Yes, Amazon has lured us into online shopping with its free shipping and prime membership offerings. The UPS guy is the new Santa delivering packages to us every other day!
Online shopping is easy, convenient and in most cases less expensive. Want to know an unexpected benefit our household is reaping out of this transition? Eating healthy! How come, you ask? Well, turns out that a lot of time when we ventured out to buy something, we ended up eating outside. Mostly something that was quick to grab and bite, a.k.a., junk. By cutting down on shopping trips, we have reduced our intake of junk food. A big yay to that.
So these days a visit to the mall or eating out is truly what it should be – a recreational activity.
To the three subscribers who are following me via Google Reader and other folks that might be following me through other feeds (if at all), just a heads up that I will be posting a flurry of posts that have been in draft mode for the past few weeks. I have gotten into the habit of drafting on my google docs but not actually posting them, a habit that I hope to rectify. I apologize for the inconvenience.
Came across the following quotes by William Arthur Ward. Hope you enjoy them as much as I did.
“Do more than belong: participate. Do more than care: help. Do more than believe: practice. Do more than be fair: be kind. Do more than forgive: forget. Do more than dream: work.”
“Four steps to achievement: Plan purposefully. Prepare prayerfully. Proceed positively. Pursue persistently.”
“A true friend knows your weaknesses but shows you your strengths; feels your fears but fortifies your faith; sees your anxieties but frees your spirit; recognizes your disabilities but emphasizes your possibilities.”
“Before you speak, listen.
Before you write, think.
Before you spend, earn.
Before you invest, investigate.
Before you criticize, wait.
Before you pray, forgive.
Before you quit, try.
Before you retire, save.
Before you die, give.”
Do you like real life stories with fairy tale feel to it? Here’s a treasure trove – http://www.npr.org/series/4516989/storycorps
Sometimes I go through phases of itching to read, but find myself scratching my head not knowing what to read. If you are like me, and would like to have a collection of recommendations to fall back on when the impulse strikes, here’s a link.
If you have a list of go-to recommendations, do let me know in your comments.