The best part of the year gone by was the time with Family. The time with a certain family, really, watching Modern Family! I still crack up thinking of the many evenings, or lunch times, we shared with those three families, the threes of us, and Bowie looking quizzically at us. So, today, I cannot think of a better way to say it, than the words of Manny Delgado (while initially I thought he was rather too much of a whiny nerd, the seasons, as they happened, made him personable and even adorable!) And his mother, the drop-dead gorgeous and very very fierce and real mother, Gloria! But yes, I love all the others too! (That’s enough digression, but before I stop, just a word: If you have not watched Modern Family, please do?)
So there I was for most part of the first half of 2020 with both of them and their fur baby, with the next baby on his way! I should have been there to welcome him, along with his parents, but the Vande Bharat Mission rescued a person, unwilling to return, and so, the remaining part of the year was spent with the rest of the family, back here!
Their days, were now lit by a Star, a Sun of their own, Dhruv. Neeti and Ashwin and Bowie and Dhruv, which the quintessential joke maker of our family, as a whole has captured in the acronym BAND family – Neeti and the BAD bois – that is him, my second born, Ashwin, talking of Neeti his partner, and B and D their bois!
These words below, from Season 8, of Modern Family, I think, when the season for me, was maturing like fine wine, says a lot of what you mean, to me, and as I see it, what you mean to each other 🙂
“What qualifies someone as a hero? Obviously, a hero has to be someone we respect. A person we look up to. A person who is generous of spirit. Who’s willing to grow and learn. Maybe it’s the person you love most in the world. Or the guy who makes he most out of life no matter what anyone thinks. For me though, the hero of my family is my family, because of who we are together.” – Manny Delgado
“It’s scary to let people see the real you, even when these people are your own family. But aren’t they the ones we should be least worried about? The ones who will love us without judging, who forgive our faults and celebrate our imperfections, maybe even encourage us to let our true selves shine through.” – Gloria Pritchett
I cannot think of better heroes, than you both, Neeti and Ashwin, in a world unravelling, you have woven a fine, beautiful tapestry (sleep deprived as heck, of course! 😛 ) that shines, for us to see!
Today it will have been eight years to their wedding day, and an aeon more of love. I cannot better express myself that I have over the ways in which both Maney and Gloria have, above!
Your resilience, your partnership, the buoyant love, the utter faith in one another, the way you second guess each other, and have each others’ backs! The laughter, the tears, on occasion, the giggles, the smiles, the way Dhruv and Bowie adore you, all the more, and the adoration of each other. Sigh.
To the most beautiful of partners, Neeti and Ashwin! Happy 8, me dearest darling bacchas!
May these starlit days continue to comfort and and wrap you all in the indefinable warmth and glow of love.
May the Sun shine bright upon you two, and cool wins blow the blues away!
May rainbows crown each little storm that you revel in
May blessings pour, unabated, and fill and flood your lives, ever…
May you be happy, healthy, and always as in love
All my love.
For 14 January 2021
Over the years, this blog has celebrated them, in the links given below 🙂
(2020 got a miss! Given what the year turned out to be, it seems as if my not posting something is in keeping with the kinds of things the year threw at us! 😀 )