Saturday, April 4, 2015

No Points Sire ... I just want to learn

"Skaters..." Coach called out to the bunch of kids "hands down, bend and jump. 5 Times". One of the hardest of exercises during the skating class.

One can easily see that hardly one or two kids manage it. A couple of them fall down while few just raise their heels.

Coach is thinking and comes up with a wonderful idea - the age old tried tested offering of a bait. "I will give 5 points to all who do it good. Who wants 5 points..raise hands"

Immediately, all hands go up except one. We look on and see ..its Aaryan. We hear him telling the Coach " I don't want points. I am interested in my skating only. How do points matter?"

Coach looks a little amused and asks "You are already skating, isn't it. So why dont you want points as well"

We hear from afar but can make out Aaryan saying "To me, my skating is important. Points are not. You can give points to others who like points more".

"Now thats a unschooled kid talking for sure. But how would the Coach know" I think - both amused and delighted at the smart replies of little Aaryan while Coach looks in our direction and gives a wry smile patting the back of Aaryan with a "good, good lets skate" smile emoticon 

It is not easy not easy to handle unschooled kids at a school, for sure.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Story - when I was born

With sleepy eyes, the young one looks up for some sleep talks.
"Tell me the story of time when I was born"
"Umm....okayy !! So it was a wonderful day..we were excited !!"" I start off spinning a yarn.
"Did you know...I will be born?"
"Umm...No. I thought it would be a girl" Now I am in a teasing mood. "I loved little girls. They are so pretty and play so many games"
"eh, and boys?" he is catching the mood and the game.
"well, boys are also good except that they are too much into fights and poor Dads have to suffer with their punches" I pout.
" you are" and I get a nice punch on my back with a hearty laugh
"and Baba...." the little one is flashing his naughty smile now "listen...if all parents will like to have girls and no boys, then who will those girls marry with?"
I AM SPEECHLESS... and thinking ... whew, really - just 5 years old?

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Mommy and little big boy

The little kid is transitioning into a little big one. He is 4-1/2 already (we can't believe it) and has the unbridled energy of a typical someone who has yet not been put into the system - system of being a good boy, system of being a future citizen. He is yet that primitive child who has not yet tasted the modern day systems of schools and has not yet been a part of the long queues....

So here is what happens when dear Mommy and son are out strolling around near the city's one of the favorite grocery stores - Dorabjee. A young salesman is trying to cajole dear Mommy into filling up a form - for the country clubs and all who facilitate travels around the world for their esteemed members. Dear Mommy knows what its like falling into the trap and then keep getting unsolicited calls but being very polite, she is trying her best to say No with a smile. Does that ever work? 

Now here, our young little one of just 4 years chips in and asks "Now, if my mommy does not want to buy it, why do you not understand?" Silence mixed with surprise ensues. The young salesman smiles and starts to walk away while there are a few giggles heard from people around. Its then our young little big boy again calls him and asks "Uncle...what are you selling by the way?". Dear mommy is not sure whether she should interfere when the young salesman returns with a smile and explains to the little big boy "If you and your family want to travel somewhere and go to far-away places...." when he is interrupted by a terse comment "Ok Ok I understand. So we are not going anywhere....We do not need it !!" There are smiles everywhere while dear mommy looks lovingly at her young little boy who is certainly growing big. 

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Amusing things kids say

Cool breeze greets us as we step out of home into our car to go to a kids park nearby with  little Aaryan. At 4 years of age, Aaryan, like any other kid of his age, loves the swings and slides of the park and best of all, loves to gang up with new kids that he gets to meet in the neighborhood parks.

Dinosaurs,here I come.” Aaryan screams while jumping on his car seat. The energy levels are high and so it happens what always does when you are over-excited. I took a wrong turn and kind of lost my way. Stopping the car at the left of the road, I wave to a person on the cycle and ask for directions. We get the directions in the smarm Marathi accent “सीधे जाओ,फिर लेफ्ट मारो। थोड़ा आगे जाओ,फिर राईट मारो।”

I thank the guy and am about to start the car when someone from behind calls up “Wait, Uncle..सुनोना।” I turn my head a little and find Aaryan waving his hand at the guy calling him over. (What...?) As the person inches near the rear window, surprise.... Aaryan slaps his own left cheek and says “यह लो,लेफ्ट मारा” and then slaps his own right cheek to say “यह लो राईट मारा. अब बताओ,पार्क कहाँ है?” It takes us a little to understand and then giggles flow all over.

Sunday, May 19, 2013

When kids visit your office

-- written by lovely mom

Its a hilarious day since my little son seems ready to accompany me to my office today. I am a little surprised as he would never go anywhere without his baba but then, I reason with myself, an unschooled kid like him can be a little unpredictable, No? :) I can see that my DH is a little nervous himself - perhaps for his little one as he will be away from him for few hours or is it for himself (lol) !!

"Never been to school and Sahib going to office already" jokes Aashish and Aaryan smiles back saying "तुम थोडा  sad हो लेना बाबा. मैं शाम तक ही आऊंगा !"

We have a joyful ride to the office with the little bird chirping sitting besides me. I get a feeling like I shall start feeling lonely in car without him from tomorrow. I am a little apprehensive as he merrily walks down the corridor with me and runs towards my chair as I point out my seat to him. He sits there for sometime, looking out of the window

"I am waiting for baba - तुम काम कर लो मैया".

I hand him over few markers and show him the whiteboard to showcase his artistry. He draws on while I catch up with my emails. I am amazed to see him sitting silently engrossed in his work; have never seen him sitting in one place before.

"क्या ऑफिस ऐसा ही होता है मैय्या "

"Do you like it or not"

"Yes...Hmmm but office में खेलते क्या हैं. Why is there no park here? मेरे घर के पास तो पार्क भी है।"

I smile as I ask him to go and meet my colleagues. He is excited to see familiar faces that he met in our last team event to Alibaug and shoots off one question after another "Do you know Kabir Dohas?" Do you know what I am wearing - it is Khalsa" "Do you know what is Khalsa"....

He too gets a question "Which school you go? आज छुट्टी  है?"
"मेरी तो हमेशा छुट्टी होती है।" The questioner gets a splendid answer of which he cannot make a head or a tail but walks away smiling.

Someone offers him a chocolate and I see him politely refusing it "ओह्हो, फिर से चॉकलेट। यह सब बड़े लोग चॉकलेट क्यूँ देते रहते हैं। मुझे तो बिलकुल अच्छी नहीं लगती।"

He declares that he will give Farooque uncle a big building made of chocolate in gift on his birthday since uncle always seems to be having his pockets (or stomach) full of chocolate. Sheetal Didi shall get a box of candled ducks in gift for she seems to like ducks and candles.

and then he sights a black instrument lying on the table staring at him. "What is this मैया ? Is it a phone?"
"Yes, Aaryan - it is"
"Okay - then I shall call Baba"
I stand amazed as I see my yet-not-4 child dial out number by himself (yes, he remembers the 10 digit number by heart) and talk to his dad calling him over to office.

He seems tired by now and so I take him along to cafeteria while we wait for Aashish to come and pick him up.

The office surely bears a silent look after you have gone home dearie....and work starts at full steam.

Later, in the evening - I learn that Aaryan slept on the way to home itself and was very very tired. Late evening as he wakes up and we three sit in the balcony swing, talking to each other - we ask him as what he liked today and what he disliked in the office. Pat comes the reply

"Everyone was like a statue in the office. I didnt like it. Why was everyone like a statue, Baba?"

Well, we have no answer when Aashish says "Interesting. I never thought that way but its true...everyone must be looking like a statue to him sitting on their workstations"

"and what did you like?" I ask.

"The best was the God's statue on Sheetal Didi's desk. Thats what I liked most in your office Maiya. Ganesha and Sai Baba".

So thats my spiritual beta. I held him close to my heart and love him with my eyes closed thanking God and the world for giving me the bestest gift of life in my arms.

Friday, May 10, 2013

बड़ा हुआ तो क्या हुआ

Lovely to see you, little A, playing cricket with your friends. Little hands holding little bats and really swinging them hard enough bubbling with energy, filled with love and enthusiasm for the game. Of course, everyone wants to bat first :) and then there is someone who wants to be the only one as the fielder. Slowly things settle as we help everyone agree to play taking turns... 

Few balls and suddenly, I notice another chaos.  Everyone is yelling "I am big" .."No, I am big" "Wait..I am bigger". Seems like every kid wants to prove himself the biggest and some kids are even trying to stand on toes checking out their height with others while you are on the verge of crying your heart out saying "Main sabse bada hoon". Ahh..., I do realize its all a part of your growing up but really how much I wish you won't cry my little one on these silly dilly talks !! 

Its then when all of a sudden you, little A, seem to remember something and burst out into singing:

बड़ा हुआ तो क्या हुआ, जैसे पेड़ खजूर |
पंथी को छाया नहीं, फल लागे अति दूर ||

This resolves it :) !! How much I savor the moment. We have been enjoying listening to Kabir Dohas and this one has been your favorite beyond doubt !!

Its sheer magic of Kabir wherein he has woven so much wisdom with such simple words. Aaryan is not 4 yet and understands/sings few of them already  and it is incredible to listen to these lovely gems in the endearing voice of a child. I wonder why such couplets are not part of our kindergartens along with the usual english poems borrowed from other countries. We are happy to be a homeschooling family !! We love each and every moment spent with you; we love you to the pieces Aaryan, we love you to the core. 

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Now go to bed, little one

Another beautiful day has passed. We lie on the bed, a little tired but Aaryan seems wide awake. Sometimes he sleeps quick after the evening walk while sometimes he does get sleepy but no sooner do we reach home than he gets back to his chirpy self and becomes a bundle of energy again.

Aaryan is jumping, sometimes on bed, sometimes on me and his mom. We giggle, yawn, tickle and snuggle. The sky looks beautiful with full moon looking its radiant best; its a starry night and its lovely to look at them lying on our beds through the balcony curtains.  

Little Aaryan, as always, is all ears for a story but wants me to retell the same story again which he has been hearing from me since last 7 nights :) The story is about the time when I was a young kid and hurt myself on chin. This boy, for sure, seems to have a special ear for stories and talks involving hurting oneself and putting band-aids Or bandages. Anyhow, I try to entice him with talks about new stories that I can tell to him

I - "Should I tell you about the time when I got lost in the city Or maybe when I was bitten by a dog?" 
A - ", no no. Okay...tell me this too but later. First the one when you hurt yourself on chin"

"OK" - as I brace myself for another narration
and suddenly Aaryan says "बाबा, तुम बहुत प्यारे  हो" and then turning over to his mom says "मैया, तुम भी बहुत प्यारी हो"

We are amazed and tell him "but this is what we should be telling to you. You are our child, isnt it?" 

and Aaryan says "No, let me say. बाबा, मैया तुम दोनों बहुत ही प्यारे हो। "

and we shower the little one with kisses which, of course, he cleans away with his hands, giggling mischievously and then teasing "मैं तो ऐसे ही कह रहा था " 

Amidst all this fun, love and laughter - we think and say to each other that we are the luckiest persons in the world because we get to be your parents, dear Aaryan. Now our sweet little Kush, go the bed and sleep tight. Love you.