When life gives you lemons, make lemonade. But why? How about going looking for a lemon tree instead? Maybe it is in full bloom, and shows you those pretty white flowers too?
There is much that nature has to offer a child. Or even a grown up mind. More so, because in our everyday lives there is just no time. No time to appreciate it and feel grateful for it, or even to simply realize its beautiful presence around us.
I write this as a woman who had to leave her mango and litchi trees behind in her home town to make a living out of life. And I speak as a mother to a 3-year-old being brought up in a typical big town flat, sans a garden to weed or trees to climb. Maybe a few potted plants to adorn the balcony, add some green to the concrete. But, that’s about all. It is this that makes me wallow in nostalgia the colour of flowers, but also makes me go that extra step to open nature’s treasure chest for my son to enjoy.
What is it, big or very little, that nature holds within its whorls?
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How lovely! Sure, nature can teach us a lot and in its beauty we can give so much more to our kids. I loved this post....and I do miss doing all those things (that you mentioned here) with my little girl. Going out in the open and just having fun!ReplyDelete
Thank you, Kajal. I am sure you still take in as much of nature as you can. Those who love being with it somehow manage to keep in touch with it too. :)Delete
Thanks a lot for reading.
Yet another brilliant piece from the "modern parenting guru". N is sure lucky to have you. We are too, so we can borrow some leaves from your book of parenting :)ReplyDelete
"borrow some leaves from your parenting book" is the most well-penned compliment I can receive, Sid.Delete
Thanks a lot!
OMG, you just keep getting better and better with each successive post of yours. This post was just sheer poetry, your love for nature and your commitment to teaching your son to love nature in all its forms, the trees, the grass, the sand, the animals, all of it comes alive in this post. I could see you and little N running around in the park, playing on the beach, building sand castles, and A becoming a camel for little N to play with. And this despite the fact that I haven't even met A and little N. You m'am just present a vivid picture with your words, and that is what makes me come back to your blog posts time and again :DReplyDelete
Jairam, this is my favourite comment from you, ever. It touched me when you said "I could see you and little N running around the park ...". For me, that is the biggest compliment I can get for my writing.Delete
Thank you! :)
Beautifully written :-)ReplyDelete
amazing write up :)ReplyDelete
Thank you for reading, Dipali. :)Delete
Very well written post :)ReplyDelete
Happy you liked it, Disha. :)Delete
that was such a awesome post.. I watched you revel in nature's bounty with your little one in tow.. loved reading it...ReplyDelete
Lovely comment. Thanks a lot. :)Delete
Wonderfully written! Thanks for highlighting something highly significant.ReplyDelete
Thank you for liking it, Beloo. :)Delete
As someone who loves nature but lives in a concrete jungle I can so relate to this.We must try to find nature where ever we are and then rejoice in it .. even if it means just a few wild flowers by the road or a sunset watched as we drive !ReplyDelete
Beautiful comment. Thanks for reading, Ruchira. :)Delete
Nicely penned down..:-)ReplyDelete
Thank you, Maniparna.Delete
Lovely Sakshi! The ritual of taking the baby out for a walk in your arms or the perambulator is a way of initiating the little one to the beauty of the world around.ReplyDelete
Absolutely true, Ilakshee. Thank you for a lovely comment. :)Delete
Nice post lovely blog people will attract to see this.ReplyDelete
This was almost as if you spoke to yourself... dreamy yet purposeful... as if you were explaining... no teaching... your brand of motherhood to some unseen student. As if you knew that your words, uttered to yourself, would be caught by the universe and carried forward to where ever they are needed most.ReplyDelete
You make the universe your ally, don't you?
The thing I love most about being a parent is how freely I can be a child then. :) I was indeed talking to myself here. And what a beautiful way to appreciate, Dagny. :)Delete
oh god :") it was so beautiful as well as took me back to the days when i was running along beaches with my dad holding my hands and again i feel what it will be like when i do the same with my kids.ReplyDelete
this post makes me wonder , a decade more and when your son would be grown enough to comprehend the words you wrote for him , how would that be like , you will give him fragments of his childhood adorned by your love and so on these fragments will pass on to his son and on and on.. ( :D kaafi aage ki soch li right? ) . But thats the thing about being a brilliant writer like you , they do not let time die , they have every instant intact with more beauty in their poems and proses.
i loved this..
‘Ladybird, ladybird, fly away’ song, hoping for it to fly right off the tip of the finger. It means success, she said. Was it me? No, it was my mother.
this gave me insight into your childhood! and litchi trees? well , are you from Dehradun? i have been there once and i saw litchis tree myself or shrub whatever you call them! beyond words they are. thank you for beautiful post. write more share more,.
Happy to read - "again i feel what it will be like when i do the same with my kids." So many memories of being one with nature and so much looking forward, still. :)Delete
My son will read everything that I have written because of him - the good ones, the bad ones, the totally silly FB ones. And then, he may follow my blog but will delete and block me on FB. :D
Yes, I am from Doon.
Thanks for reading! :)
:| i made so many mistakes up there ..please bhawnaao ko samjhnaa..:D else pardon me for a day..i have my exams so just from blog to blog in hurryReplyDelete
I did not even notice the mistakes. Good luck for your exams! :)Delete