Dear A Jr,
I passed on few of my priced possessions from college, a stash of my vocabulary reference books, to you before I sat down to write this. You celebrated your tenth birthday last week and as your mom I personally feel a sense of fulfilment in the knowledge that you’re reading what I did and are following my footsteps in some way.
Seeing you stand in front of me, all tall and handsome, the mom in me has mixed feelings today. Seems like just yesterday I held your tiny hand and helped your wobbly feet take hold. For the world you’re a big boy of ten but your eyes still reflect the childhood innocence I am so much in love with! You’re still that Mamma’s boy at heart, aren’t you? 🙂
I’ve tried to raise you as a disciplined and well-behaved child and you’ve always made my job easy. You’ve understood that cutting slack with studies or choosing gadgets over sports makes me see red. I’ve realised that the foodie in you will make you agree to anything for some yummy homemade spread. You win some battles and I win some. Big picture: we’re both winners. Perfect, isn’t it? 😉 😛
I and Papa have always been very forthcoming with you. We’ve shared our childhood and life experiences with you without filtering them for perfection. We’re real and flawed parents who don’t want to burden you with any undue expectations. As long as you live an independent, happy and healthy life we’re happy with whatever path you choose for yourself.
That said, you’re an extremely intelligent boy with immense promise and potential. You’re exploring things you like and want to pursue in life. You’re methodical and logical but creativity is sadly not your best suit. I jokingly call you our personal Harsha Bhogle because you can comment and criticise but don’t play much. It doesn’t hurt to strain your leg muscles too for a change, you know. 😀
You’ve smartly taken the best of both your parents. You’re patient like your dad and meticulous like me. You’re good at math like him and pay attention to languages like me. Remember the indecipherable figures dad draws or how naïvely I talk about sports? Please be wise to decide who to seek help from and for what. Mind you, matching the wrong columns will cost you lot more than marks here! 😀 😀
Although I’m a mom of two now the special place that you have in my life remains unchanged. You were and are my handsome prince and I take pride in the fact that I was chosen to raise and mould you. You’re a loving big brother but, being a child yourself, quite impatient and stubborn with Angel at times. That, I’m sure, will change with time. You’re both precious for us together.
It isn’t just you who is growing up. I’m growing and learning new things with you every single day. This is a journey we’re taking together and I’m loving our camaraderie and companionship. I have a feeling soon you’ll be on the driver seat and lead the way. Nothing can make a mom more proud than stepping back and let her kid take charge, trust me.
May God bless you with all the love, luck and happiness in the world. Stay blessed and keep smiling always, my dear.