Being a mother you all must have experienced those “Aha” moments when your kids say/do things which completely take you by surprise, shock, wonder and amazement.
I don’t usually publish these on blogs as I believe many are way too personal and emotional for the mother and child, but some incidents from the recent past compelled me to write this post. So here goes:
Mama Moment 1:
Whenever I see the “genius” (read as absolute brilliance in my eyes) in my 2-year-old daughter’s behaviour, she is rewarded with a hug and kiss and I call her “My Little Einstein”. And from what I’ve seen there is abundant genius in a kid of that age!
The other day when we were doing something together, she surprised me by saying “Mama Eitin Eitin”… Initially I did not understand what she was trying to say, but when I did, I was mighty thrilled.
She had obviously understood the “When and Why” of the title. Obviously, in her eyes what I did was ‘an act of genius’. Whether anyone else identifies or acknowledges it or not, well my daughter did call me a ‘genius’. Who cares if she had the lens of a 2-year-old when she certified me as one. 🙂 I was a happy MOTHER!
Lesson learnt: Kids observe and learn just about everything. What you intend to teach them and even what you don’t intend to teach them!
Mama Moment 2:
I’ve been trying to teach my daughter the importance of eating healthy food and say NO to junk food (Read as chocolates, Maggi, french-fries, ice-creams, etc.). So anything we eat, I patiently categorise it as ‘Healthy food’ and ‘Junk food’. I also do explain her what happens if you eat ‘junk food’ (That’s the topic of another blog post 🙂 ), but needless to say, she learnt the lesson well (After all, who is the teacher ;)).
Recently on a hot summery day, when I offered her an ice-cream, she refused it by saying “Mummy… NO. Ice-cream is junk food”. And actually cried that why did I even offer it to her! (Huh… ^*%^%)
Lesson learnt: Idealists exist! Even if it’s just for the passing 🙂
Mama Moment 3:
I’ve been a stickler for cleanliness for as long as I can remember. Things around me should be neat, well-organised etc. or else I lose my sleep over it.
And after I became a MOTHER, I have re-defined the meaning and priority of ‘neat’, ‘organised’, ‘cleanliness’, etc. To be honest, I DON’T CARE about many things that made me lose my sleep before. I’d rather have my baby in my arms and a not so clean house, than a spotless clean house and my baby in someone else’s arms. Different things keep me awake at night (very rarely, as being a working mother exhausts you that when you hit the bed, sleep is just there, waiting to engulf you :))
Imagine my surprise, my little daughter chiding me for keeping things messy, disorganised and unclean… Huh!
Lesson Learnt: What goes around comes around! 🙂 / 🙁
Mama Moment 4:
The icing on the cake comes when I am feeling low (read as low in energy, worried, sad, pensive or stressed) and by some divine intervention, my daughter just knows it! I wonder how.
And then she comes up to me. Gives me those big hugs, kisses me and then tops it with a few words of pure love which goes as:
“It’s OK.. Everything will be fine” OR
“Mummy.. I love you so much” OR
“Mummy.. leave it” OR
“Mummy.. let’s go”
In an instant, the bygones are gone. An instant mood-elevator is a heart-felt word and gesture. So much for the small joys and pleasure of motherhood.
Lesson Learnt: Joy and pleasure of motherhood/childhood – PRICELESS
Mama Moment 5:
Questions posed to little baby (I still don’t understand why people ask) – both in English and vernacular languages.
“Whom do you love the most?”,
“Whose baby are you?”
Baby’s reply almost all the time is – “Mummy” (unless she is upset). NO! I did not teach her that. 😉 That’s her own voice and mind speaking.
And there’s some unexplainable satisfaction and joy in hearing that response, especially when the person who asked this was her Dad!!!
Lesson Learnt: Babies and Mummies – That is something which can never really be defined, explained or written about in entirety; best left to experience.
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Nischala Murthy Kaushik is an IT & Marketing professional, an IIMB Alumni, a mother and a philosopher. She likes to believe that she is a Scholar & Guru of Life for Life and the Chief Happiness Officer of her life. She blogs @ Nischala’s Space Thoughts and Expressions & VERVE : The Quintessence of my Life. In addition, she is also as a guest blogger in several sites of global repute; and her blogs have been featured in several Best-Of lists on the web. She tweets @nimu9 and is listed among the 50 Indian Women to follow on Twitter.