When you are like a teenager, and we have our share of fights (which I am sure we are going to) this is something I want you to read.
My best moments with you in your childhood have been the time we have spent in the bus stop.
No no dont roll your eyes the same way as Amma does. I mean it.
When you were in your nursery, Jr. Kg and Sr. Kg Amma used to drop to the bus stop from home. Which meant getting a BEST bus in the morning and getting off after some 10 stops at a main road and wait for your bus.
Trust me darling, I cherish these moments with you.
I have loved every minute we have spent together. I am writing this in Feb 2013 which means you are still in your Jr. Kg, and I still have a year more to go with you like this 🙂
Class 1 to 3 you will have afternoon school and after that your school starts much earlier, which means that I just have a year more to enjoy this ‘time’ with you.
Oh what fun we are having honestly.
We walk from the BEST bus stop to your bus stop saying our prayers. I am pleasantly surprised that you have learnt four of the shlokas without much issues. Even if they are four liners. It must be really funny for you to read this because you always have thought your Amma to be a non-believer na 🙂
You are not always in a great mood to tell the shlokas but we tell it everyday, whether you or me, depends on your mood.
And then the books. Its fun to read to you in the BEST bus. Sometimes, the ladies and guys standing near us in the bus giggle as much as you do when we read stories like School is Cool and The Pleasant Rakshasa. I will always cherish reading aloud the ‘naughtiest Girl in School’ to you this year in your Jr. Kg. I doubt whether you understood anything much in it, we read it over a period of 2 months from December start to January end, but hey, its been fun for me, because I am re-reading my torn copy after years 🙂 This book shall always be in my special list :):) of course, you do know the difference between socks and stockings now and want to wear stockings because thats what big girls like Elizabeth have to wear at school 🙂
We have read so many books together at the bus stop as well. Sometimes I carry 5 of your books in my bag :):) and I doubt you will remember that old uncle and aunty who sat next to us one day while I read the ‘Why Why Girl’ for you and laughed at your whys as much as Moyna’s whys from the book 🙂
We have also spent some days when Amma has got frustrated at you for not reading from your phonics book by yourself.
Amma mereko neengal read karna zyada like hota hai (Amma, I like you reading to me more) :):) I dont know whether to laugh or get angry because I really want you to start reading and you are too lazy to do it. You are not even attempting 3 letter words 🙂
The songs we sing. Oh what fun!
In your nursery, that used to be our favorite pass time. Sing old hindi movie songs…you know ‘oh mere sona re’ almost by heart and then you sing along ‘ek main aur ek tu’ as well with me 🙂 and ‘tu hain aasman mein’ what fun na :):) you also sing ‘ponnambal’ in pretty decent Malayalam, much better than me and ‘ayer padi’ in Tamil pretty nicely too 🙂 and the dance steps both of us have choreographed for that Lagaan song ‘aaja rey aaja rey’ is my favorite :):)
and of course the gossip we do and the stories I conjure up for you. we talk about the sun, moon, sky, stars, vehicles, school, daycare, my office, my friends, your friends, your lack of interest in reading by yourself, your laziness, my tiredness, your wanting a baby girl from God, your wanting to go to Ahm to meet Rahul and N&N, my wanting to sleep longer, your wanting to eat much more 🙂
Its really the highlight of my day sometimes. Those 15 minutes we spend together.
Amma, aap mane love nathi karte’ you tell me and then jump on me and give me a big hug and a sloppy kiss…..Darn! motherhood makes me all mushy at times 🙂
and how can I forget your favorite..food 🙂
WE eat everything from badams, to black kismis, to brown kismis, to elachi bananas to sweet corn flakes to biscuits. Everyday as soon as you sit in the bus you ask me ‘Amma aaj kya laye?’ and start eating and making me read or tell you stories. and continue the eating at your bus stop as well 🙂
And then there are times we just sit in silence next to each other holding our hands. You look up to me, smile, touch my cheeks and then look back at the road. and we just sit there till your bus comes staring at the vehicles going on the road.
As soon as the bus comes, you jump up, say bye and on most days say ‘mereko late leneko aana daycare ma’ (Pick me up late at the daycare)
and go on to your bus.
Then you come near the window and wave a big huge smiling bye to me.
And my face breaks into a grin that threatens to split my face into two.
This my darling, is what we do most days in the mornings.
I am sure you will remember none of this when you become a teenager, but know that Amma loves loves loves these bright morning sessions with you.
Much love with the bus stop sessions