… (gotcha! ) lionhearted and lionheaded is he No questions asked.
Who? THE Lion in our family; my second-born, Ashwin, who celebrates the beginning of yet another year, Lion-size Yes, yes yes… I know I’ve already overdone the regal feline metaphor, but what the heck that is what I want to do today, for there is no one I know more of a Lion, than he. This here’s my 2 million for him (Leos never do, or give anything in half measures, or small change :P! Right, Ashwin? )
Here, at this blog, on days that go 2 or 3 August, you’ll definitely find a post; same as for 11 or 12 April. Each year I like to add to it; Except for some rare occasions, we’ve hardly spent birthdays together, the kids and I, over the past nearly ten years The last one where we were together was a long long time ago, I guess When you were in school, maybe? Ah, never mind! Each time I write a post for you, dear one, I travel back, and look forward, simultaneously – with all the nostalgia and the anticipation that love brings forth! This year’s special though, isn’t it?
From the time you were that cub, shy, and absolutely possessive of his mother, like that little cub who’d hiss and spit at anyone who got too close, to the graceful, handsome Lion you grew to be, you’ve always had that innate sense of grace… even when you’d cry
Of course, it’s another matter altogether, when we come to your dance steps, or maybe even to your songs, eh, Neeti?
What’s amazing is the way you delved deep within and found what made you YOU, and went right for it. And how you tried your hand at everything, and anything: be it that wonderfully recited “Sherwood”, the Gita Chanting, Classical Music, Chenda, not to mention games that Meera Teacher and I came and baby sat you guys for LOL! Those were the best of times I think! And of course, the pièce de résistance, at your farewell party! Vel Muruga, Haroooo Haraaa! You’ll never live that down, and I’m just dying to give your kids the real stuff on that performance. I know your friends have archived it safely
We’ve come through so much together, haven’t we? I mean I’ve barely touched the tip of the metaphorical parenting skills you have here (link) Once upon a sometime I mothered you, and now I suppose it’s time to get back at me But seriously, I think one thing we all, ALL, me, yours, Arjun, and Arjun’s agree is on this! You and Neeti are going to make a great set of parents, whenever you guys decide to be that, and I’m so looking forward to coming and making mischief with them I gotta make you work you know! But please, do take your own sweet time! I don’t think I’ve had my fill of babying you yet !!!
I’ve been writing inside my head whatever was supposed to come out here, but the danged thing is that it’s playing hookey…. what more can I say, here, that I have not before? Ah, dear readers, you thought I’d give in? Or give up? Nyet!
Are you Calvin or are you Hobbes? Remember how we discovered them together, and guffawed at those amazing comical, and awesomely entertaining stories that came out?
And the way you sent me to school, took me and dropped a very very reluctant me on the first day of school, was it in 2010? How I got the shock of my life when I returned home that day to discover an album dedicated to ‘Ammakutty’s first day at school”, on Facebook, and the captions, OMG, the captions!!!! Oh Gawd! I shall never live down that image reversal that I earned that day! And slowly but surely the reputation is wearing off. Like literally! I have you to thank, for making that happen
Here it is:
I miss you sweetheart, I do, especially on the day school re-opens!!
Even though it took a while for the Lion to be, from the cub that was, once that happened, there has been no looking back has there? The journey has been amazing, especially for me. Knowing how much of a Lionheart you needed to have to do what you did
And the amazinggggessssttt thing, EVER, was to bring me Neeti. Period I cannot even begin to tell you how much of an alter ego she is. The connect that I have with her is something very very special, VERY special Thank you, ever In fact both of you, Arjun and You, you’ve given me soulmates too, in them However cliched that might sound!
To you, sweetheart, Achukutts, here are some wishes… just some, for this blog cannot hold all that my heart wishes for you
That you find rainbows, always and each time, after each of those lovely lovely drenching rains of joy
We’ve got your back, you know Just like you have ours… I wish it will always be that way
Loads of smiles, less of worries… ALWAYS
A time of peace, when you wish it, and LOUD Music when you do
And Love. Always, and a day after forever. (Yeah, that is on Arjun’s post too… still, I could not have put it better. Even though I did say it myself, the first time around :P)
Maybe someday, you’ll perform a Vel Muruga, just for us?
Till then, I’ll leave you with the lungi song you’ve suddenly found a liking for! LOL.
And… what did I forget? Ah!
Happy Birthday Ash!
I love you.
And I’m not Lion. (hehehe… that’s from this card, which will reach you by Air (fe)Male, on Monday, hopefully!)
Have fun, dearest Chottutts. The world is truly your oyster, and you’re a precious pearl, will always be, for me God Bless!
2 August, 2013, for 3 August, 2013
PS I’m smiling smiling smiling, everywhere aren’t I? LOL. And Yessss! I made it to 1k plus words!!!