What four years can teach you -
- It is possible to want to hug and spank the same person at the same time, especially when the person is a miniature human being that kicked your innards for twenty weeks and made you throw up your favorite La Madeleine soup (and everything else) for twenty weeks before that.
- You have to catch your breath to stop yourself from passing out laughing at yourself for having complained to a friend that you have a "lot of work to do", five years back.
- You do not, to your consternation, have the kind of patience you prided yourself of having.
- You really cannot answer the question "Tell me what dreams I had last night?".
- You can actually save that last short-bread cookie for someone else.
- It is possible for a human being to talk in questions. And have EVERY SENTENCE EVER SPOKEN begin with a "why".
- The word "worry" takes on a completely new dimension. And translates to "my life".
- You really don't care if the food is too bland for the rest in the family, because ONE person can't tolerate spice.
- Watching a 14-kg little thing walk into school with her satchel brings tears to your eyes, EVERY DAY. And you have no clue why.
- You can't believe that you are grown up enough to have someone seek you when she has had a nightmare, or hug you when the lioness chases the gazelle in National Geographic, or expect you to know what death is. Not fair. Especially, when you are the kind that closes your eyes real tight yourself when the lioness enters the scene.
- You are stumped when you realize that the only reason someone does not want to watch "Jungle Book" is that little Mogli is separated from his parents. And that gentleness just breaks your heart.
- You can hold back your tears when you are punishing someone for having thrown a tantrum, or not putting the toys away or doodling with her meal. Of course, you have a good cry in the toilet afterwards. And feign a sudden attack of cold when people question your red nose.
- You yearn for one day of "time alone", and when you actually get it, call it off as the silence is simply maddening.
- Your voice is now a few hundred decibels louder than it was four years back, and yet, you can't hear yourself over the din.
Has it been four years already?
HAPPY BIRTHDAY VASUNDARA.
May I add that the cake was baked by yours truely in grandmom's stove-top oven? Other snacks include smiley face cucumber/carrot/tomato sandwich and a home-made snack mix consisting of peanuts, almonds, cashews, raisins, popcorn, gems and miniature biscuits (Brita). Washed down with Lychee and mixed fruit juice out of carton.