A Bundle of Joy !!! (Happy Mothers Day)
Just thought of sharing this with all of you. About 14 years ago, when I delivered this “bundle of joy” – as the doctor would say every-whenever I was inflicted with self-doubt about challenges of being a #mother .Not a single day passed, when I didn’t feel nervous handling this bug responsibility. Most people don’t know that we delayed pregnancy because we were not ready to handle the responsibilities that would come with it mentally, physically and even financially.
Finally when we made up our mind thinking we are ready- she arrived – like any normal child would, she too made us dance to her tunes. She would get away with whatever she wanted and could make us feel helpless just by crying whenever she liked. More often, I would look for a break from her.. just to get away for few hours and she wouldn’t actually allow. Living in a different city than your parents would mean only occasional support from parents. And for rest of the time – the unplanned events, her vaccinations and her tantrums, her mood swings meant 360 degree schedule changes for we parents. From her initial struggles with alphabets, to basic mathematics and to making her learn different languages seemed bigger problems in life than Indian Economy or Wars on the boarder.
But as I look back, I don’t know what got into me as I went about weaving my life around her. As what seemed to be initially an “outsider” disturbing our privacy and routine; turning our world upside down.. Our daughter became the only routine and the world we knew exists now. Else how else can you explain crying if she was in pain and laughing when she would smile. Why would you drop everything and rush to school if she calls for your help. Why else would you wake up early and prepare her food and iron her school uniform a night before.
The answer is simple…There’s nothing as powerful as mother’s love and nothing as healing as a child’s smile. These make you go through life like how a warm knife cuts through butter. This bundle of joy – despite turning my life up side down; made me this super Mother that I never thought I’d be.