And so it happened. Daughter’s nine. How did this happen?! Tiny scrap is now a self possessed young girl who knows her mind and now also tells you what’s on it. She clearly told me what she wanted, who was to be invited, brought me phone numbers of those mothers I didn’t know, woke up in excitement at 6 am (this is the sleeper-in who has to shaken awake!), put the idli batter on the baby idli plates again and again, cleaned up her room, decorated stuff, put return gifts together (even told me where to go to buy them and worked within the budget!)….she’s 9 only? :-D
I can see some of the innocence going but still in dealable doses. I think the next year should see a lot of it, our kids grow up way too fast. The less said about peer pressure, the better. It all worked great for us this time. Even some alleged tough cookies were completely fine, we had some boys, there was no tolerance for boys versus girls type games (though a boy tried to get around that! :-D), there was some age variation with some kids younger than her (she’s always been good with younger kids, one time she went back to her nursery classroom, a host of kutti kids followed her like she was the Pied Piper!)….10 girls, 3 boys, two parents (us!), kids from other schools were included, some kids came and just stayed past dinner. It was fun.
We tracked Ami’s walk, everyone pored over the route map and all, husband organized a treasure hunt (spent an hour or two making up a big story for his daughter – it had a plot, characters, characters with idiosyncrasies, humour and what not! :-D), we had lunch in a nice ‘picnic’ on sheets on the floor and they then just hung out.
The day ended after dinner with some parents, these kids were on the move from 6 am to midnight! I went on to stay up tracking psycho sister walking up a storm….these birthday party things aren’t so bad after all. Menu was mostly devoured, going to show kids don’t really care for hi-fi all the time. No one asked for cola or junk, they asked for seconds of Bhindi raitha! A lot of them gave games or books. I like her crowd of friends. Cute kids, similar home values. Husband and I even had time to hang out when the kids took care of organizing for themselves! Nice!
We went to the book store to redeem some gift coupons, a tester trip because the kids couldn’t decide which books to get. Son was loudly asking if there’s a kinect there for Rs. 650. :-D The cricket bat at Rs. 349 was researched as much as a fractured hand would allow. Prayers were sent up like ‘please God, let it be only 50 rupees!’ :-D
A protracted trip to the big Crossword on Residency Road and our favourite Blossom Book Store is pending.
Starting to prepare for July already, when son turns 8. That’s a (foot)ball game that needs organizing or else! There will be junk required (by son, under the guise of his friends who HAVE to have it, most of whose mothers fight the same battles with junk that we do!), a lot of negotiation, non-veg is non-negotiable. A whole different scenario that is equally fun.
We’re back to waiting for the holidays mode – a couple more days of school await and we’re crawling towards the finish. Every day, we wake up just that 5 mins later, get just that bit less organized with uniforms…..it’s time and I think everyone is ready for the holidays.
Happy Almost-Holidays from us! Yeah, yeah, we know everyone else is already on vacation. Yeah, yeah, we’ll get there very soon too!