Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Parents are here ! *YOLO mode starts*

Even though I am away from my home country, my parents never let me feel the distance. They've visited me every single year I've been here. I don’t know many parents who do that, and therefore I am so blessed. Big bear hugs,  Mom’s cakes,  gifts,  lots of love and pampering to name a few. I cannot say this enough but I consider myself blessed only because I have the best parents ever.

Papa and Mummy came on Onam day. Papa was here till last weekend and Mummy will be here for a few weeks. I cannot begin to explain how it feels when she is here. When I come home in the evening, she opens the door with a welcoming smile, tells me to sit down and asks me what I want to eat. And this is what I call luxury. I relish it each day like there is no tomorrow. Emotional therapy , to say the least.

When they read this, they will realize that I am the worst hypocrite ever because all I do is take them for granted and sometimes even start silly arguments.

My driving lessons are going on during office lunch breaks. Yesterday I passed the signal test, which is one rung up the endless ladder of hurdles one must overcome to get a license. Well everyone passes this test so it is no big deal. After the one hour drive and repeated verbal warnings from my exasperated trainer I walked home exhausted, as if I burnt calories just by listening to him. If anything really burnt it should be my trainer’s brain. 

Meanwhile my toddler is having a whale of a time with his new defense lawyer, my mother. Any discipline that may have existed prior to her arrival, like dinner time, ipad time etc. has flown out of the window. I stopped yelling because he does not care anymore and pretends like he has Spiderman to back him. It is now his kingdom, his rules and I am treated like a tenant who does not pay rent. Well, I am in no mood for discipline either. Who needs discipline when Mom is here :D That sounds ironic, as my Mom was a chronic disciplinarian when we were younger. 
She is a whole new person after the birth of our son. She will let him punch her, or draw all over her face. She lets him hang upside down from the edge of the sofa and feed him dinner at the same time. Back in our times, we were taught to sit at the table, upright at ninety degrees, eat quietly without wasting even a morsel of food, wash our own plates and go to bed!


However I secretly love this grandma-grandson bonding. It helps me remain sane and enjoy some TV. Now tell me which mother does not want that?

So it’s a YOLO time for all of us right now. We have embraced the You-Only-Live-Once concept with all our hearts and are therefore eating cake with all our might.  We have also given discipline and social niceties a break. We don’t share Mom’s cakes or food in general. We have let our hair down badly enough to scare you. 

You don’t want to visit us for the time being, do you? :D  

24 comments:

  1. That was a heart warming post, Anita! There's nothing in the world like getting pampered by your parents. NOTHING!!! Good luck with the driving. I have just started my classes and know exactly what you are going through.

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    1. Oh so we are in the same boat ! :D True there is nothing like being a child !

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  2. My parents have NOT once visited me in the last 6 years :(. Having said that, I go and stay at home for atleast 20 days a year. The pampering in that house is unbeatable :)

    You know this is perhaps that one thing I miss about not having kids - to see how your parents and your husband will be with one of your own. Anyway, everything has its good and bad...

    You stay blessed girl! I see that your parents read your blog too... awesome!!

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    1. Hehe thanks Nisha...the downside of kids is that our parents start loving their grandchildren more than us !
      :D

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  3. I never knew my grandparents... but I know from friends how much they can pamper and play advocate for any misdeeds of their grandchildren :)

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  4. Frankly speaking, this is one of the best 3 blogs you have ever written so far. Not that you mentioned your dad and mom. But because of the style. I do not regret a single bit that I wanted my beloved daughters to do ISC at HAC Trivandrum ! God bless, Anita !
    Papa

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    1. Thank you Papa...I can go on and on writing about you hehehe

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  5. Anita...your kid is just adorable !!! So cute :D

    My grandparents used to pamper me sooo much, I don't think I have ever heard a 'no' from their side. The is always a different kind of bond you have with your grandparents..they are the ones you complain to when you are angry with your parents :D

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    1. Thank you, Ritika !
      Right ! My son acts like I am not in the house ! He is sticking with his grandma all the time !
      Makes me jealous a little bit haahha

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  6. heheheheheheh...I like his Macho after grandparent's arrived pic. heheheh!
    Also defense lawyer grandmother...heheheheh toooooooooooooo cute!

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    1. :D Thanks Red ! Major pampering going on here !

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  7. It's always such a happy moment when your parents visit you ... nothing can be happier :-)

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  8. How adorable is that. This is such a sweet post. They say, " you know all the love there is and then come grandchildren."

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  9. Hi Anita ....read about you in deccan chronicle in the column "my space"...read all your previous posts.....loved it...what I like most about you is the way you present simple things..also your humour....posts related to family is most beautiful...its just one and half weeks and I feel like I know you very well.....keep going....so you have got a new follower

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    1. Thank you so much Meenakshi... ! Means a lot to me ! You made my day!

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  10. Enjoy the pampering! And your son looks adorable in a Veshti.

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  11. Enjoy it Anita.. i can so relate to how your mom is with her grandson, my mom loves to get pinched by my son , she actually laughs out loud , and he s a total monkey once at home. We had to be so behaved and angelic growing up :P . Aaron looks so adorable in his little mundu

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    1. Hehe thank u so much ! :D Yeah when moms turn into grandmoms suddenly discipline is out of the window.

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  12. Your son's pic is awesome :) And now that your son has a defence lawyer too.. I can understand that, my daughter has a 24*7 support service from her appacha and ammachi.. :)

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