I remember when you came….you were so small, you were crying…..you ate, slept, cried, made some funny noise and that was pretty much….
Then you started smiling, i just went mad clicking all those sweet smiles….
You still continued to enchant me when you achieved rolling, laughing, crawling and finally walking!!!! I mean that small girl who just used to eat, sleep and cry could now walk!!! And i still went mad clicking all your antics…
Then came your first birthday and you knew how to throw tantrum, by your second birthday you mastered this art!!! Meanwhile you added many new words and tricks to your resume, and i still went mad trying to cope with that….
But all these while, you were still my little baby, who would hide behind me if a stranger tried to talk, would sleep with me, would want me to go with you on a play date to the neighbour’s place and come to me whenever you wanted something or wanted to complain about something. It was as if ours was a “Fevicol ka Mazboot Jod”, we were always seen in each others’ company….
But then, one fine day, you decided you want to go to your T didi’s home without mummy!!!! Were you growing up?! Then you started saying Bye-Bye to mummy when she went to swimming alone, of course you and your papa would have fun without mummy to put breaks!!!!
And then came a day for you to start the school. I had been preparing you for the day by telling you the stories of school, taking you to the school for some play sessions on swings and slides and showing that all your Didis and Bhaiyas go to school. You were very excited about going to school. Though i didn’t tell you one important fact, that your mummy will not go with you to school everyday.
Once in school, you took to the place like a fish to the water. You enjoyed playing with all the new Puzzles and toys, writing on the board with the chalk, dancing with your friends and N Ma’am and drinking water from your new bottle!!!
For the 1st day, you remained in the same room as mummy, but next day, when mummy said that you play with N ma’am, mummy will come back in some time…You immediately agreed with a smile, even giving me the look that “don’t worry, i’ll manage alright”….
And then at the end of the week, you spent almost all the time in a different room with your N ma’am and other friends…You came home and told me that “Didi roni-roni ki, Zini nahi ki” (Didi cried, Zini didn’t cry)!!! And on the day when i said that today mummy will go home after dropping you to school and said Bye-Bye, you didn’t cry, you went in holding hand of your teacher!!!!
We have our share of hiccups when sometimes you say that you don’t want to go to school (“Aaj school nahi jaana”) but when i remind you that your ma’am and friends might be waiting for you, you immediately get ready to go!!!
Yes, you are definitely growing up!!!!!
Now you don’t fit in my lap snugly the way you used to when you came to me….You do so many other things than just eat, sleep and cry!!! You talk so much!!!!
But most important of all, you are turning out to be an independent and caring girl!!! Your teacher tells me you don’t cry for your mummy when in school because you know mummy will come to pick you up. You wait patiently for your turn at the slide and never push. You never hit any child and listen to your ma’am!!!
So my little girl, you are not that little any more!!! And I am proud of you…
P.S. But Zini, you know that for moms their children always remain CHILDREN, right?!?