Ambal’s Work Life

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Today, I let Wonder Win

Parenting is filled with several precarious moments.. like thee one I have today morning.

Remember your long forgotten wonder?

The wonder you felt when you put that sea shell or conch close to your ears and you heard the sound of the ocean waves?
The wonder you felt when you brought the sea shell or conch home and the sound of the ocean waves still persisted?
And, brought back memories of that beautiful sunny and playful day on the beach?

That is the wonder that Ari is enjoying at this moment.
That is the wonder that he wants to share with me.

Should I let science win? Or wonder win?

My rational mind wants to educate him about why is it that he can hear the sound of the ocean waves.
My better self catches me right when I am about to blurt out the science behind the sound.

I find myself crouching down to his level.
I let him put the conch on my ears.
And, like a child, I pretend to marvel at how the ocean waves followed the conch.
I see his eyes twinkle.
I let my eyes twinkle back at him.

Today, I let wonder win.
Because, I realize science will win with him sooner than I want it to.

In case your wondering (pun intended) about the ocean waves that persist, here is why: http://science.howstuffworks.com/question556.htm

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Valentine’s Day Gift

I have told the boys that I don’t need any gifts for birthday or Christmas or Valentines Day.

So, they usually take me out to lunch or dinner or cook a meal…..to spend time together.

This Valentine’s Day, Adi surprised me by giving a Jawbone….it is some wearable gadget to lead a healthier lifestyle.

Its lean and mean….kind of like me.

Maybe, just maybe…. I’ll change the Kumar’s household policy on gifts.

Nah.

I much rather have the present (as in moment) rather than any present.

That said, I am going to let Adi see how much I am enjoying this by putting it to power use.

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Should all Good Things Come to an End?

I don’t know when and where this rose shot out as a bud.
I don’t know when and where it blossomed.

I only know when and where I got it.
I went to the temple a few weeks back where they distribute flowers, fruits and nuts. That is the day I got this rose. I came back home and put it in a cup with some water. It stayed alive and brought beauty and happiness to me for many, many weeks.

Today, I noticed that it had completely withered away.
So, I have to throw the beauty away. Well…not in the trash can. I usually put these withered away flowers in the backyard where it can compost and lead to life yet again….some day in the future.

Like stardust.
Kind of like us.
Been in the vast universe before.
Living now.
Will be gone.
And, will be back again.

YOU: Alright Ambal. Enough with the rose RARA. What do you want me to think about for today?
ME: How much ever nurture you give it, all good things (like this rose) must come to an end. Or should they?

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Live Near a Place of Worship

Faith is the bird that feels the light when the dawn is still dark. – Rabindranath Tagore

When I was a young girl, Thatha and Appa told me – “Kovil illa oril kudi irruka vendam”.

It means “Don’t live in a city or town that doesn’t have a place of worship.”

Thankfully, I have always lived near a temple during my lifetime.

That said, I have only seen one Kumabishekam thus far.

Kudos to Craig and Jill Edwards for making it possible for me to see the second Kumabishekam in my lifetime the weekend of March 3-5.

I can’t wait.

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Miles to go before I sleep

It is one of those evenings that I really want to end. I am sleepy and tired. I just want to get in bed and not wake up until my body has had enough rest.

Alas, I can’t do that… yet.

So, I put on my plastic smile and trudge along with the boys.

I have promises to keep,
And miles to go before I sleep,
And miles to go before I sleep.

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