YEAH. We have Managed to Pull Together This Year!

Adi and I shared a fist bump as I dropped him off for the last day of school. The fist bump celebrates our friendship and our joint partnership.

It says “YEAH. We have managed to pull together this year.”

Calling 2014 an eventful year is an understatement.

We have had so many transitions and so much learning.

During the first few weeks in Texas, when Kumar was away in California and Daddy was in India, he stepped up and played the role of man-of-the-house.

He helped me move and settle down. He carried his sleepy younger brother around on many of the long days. He helped him fill out numerous paperwork that comes with settling down in a new city. He made coffee (tasted terrible, but the gesture!) when I sat down after a long day of running around in a city that I didn’t know anything about. He hugged me often and said “Amma, it is ok. Appa will be here soon to help us.”

Both he and I have grown up so much this year.

I can’t wait to relax and go absolutely crazy with the boys during the 2 week holiday.

“Parents raise kids” statement is not complete. It is a 2 way street. Kids raise us as much (and in some cases like mine, probably more) than we raise them. Parent raising is probably harder than kids raising…for the simple reason that kids are willing to be raised and molded by us. We, on the other hand, think (falsely, of course) we are already done “growing up”.

I urge you to think about who is ACTUALLY raising who?

Rainbow Days – Who is walking Who?

I went walking up the neighborhood hill with Rainbow today. I don’t know whether a dog is a man’s best friend or not. I can only tell you that a dog is a woman’s best friend.

Training a puppy is like raising a child. Every single interaction is a training opportunity.
– Ian Dunbar

What is your behind the Wheel Story?

I am Adi’s personalized chauffeur.

What is your behind the Wheel Story - Ambal Balakrishnan

Dropping.
Waiting.
Pickup.
Conversing in the car.
Playing his favorite songs on the car stereo.
Taking him to the park.
Taking him to play dates.
Taking him to parties.
Taking him to classes.
Briefing him.
Debriefing with him.
All in the car.

If my Toyota Sienna had to tell its story, I am sure it will be an interesting and fun one….and a very long story.

What is your behind the wheel story?

He is always ahead of me. ALWAYS.

Adi is always ahead of me. ALWAYS.

Here are the questions that I had to field in today’s Ambal-Adi summer 2013 bootcamp.

What is the truth?
Does life exist after death?
Are we alone on this solar system?
Are we just energy sources?
Is this all a dream?
What is the meaning of life?
What is the Karma Yoga you are always telling me about?
I see…there are other Yogas – Bhakti yoga, Jnana yoga
Does God exist?
History of religions?
Are we in a dream?
It is all your perception, mom, really?
It is all in the mind, is it?
Does free-will exist?
Is everything predestined?
Why do you perceive purple during meditation?
Really, You and I might have energy and light transfer..and perhaps nothing else, really?

How do I feed his curiosity?
Seriously, how do I?
I don’t have answers…just more questions for him.

I told him what I always tell myself “Be open to all ideas. Be open to every thought. But, also be skeptical. Don’t accept anything as true. Look for what is not obvious. Keep seeking.”

I felt the urge to discuss Heisenberg’s Uncertainty Principle with him.
But, that has to wait until later.