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April 27, 2010

27.04.2010

Here we are, Ashu. The magic number five. Its hitting me today more than the previous birthdays. You were after all only 1, 2, 3 and then 4. But now? You are FIVE. How much ever I want to avoid this "oh I cant believe you are so big. It feels like yesterday when the nurse brought you to me and I faked tears!", I am just not able to. Now that that's safely out of the way, what a year this has been! I don't know if I'm repeating this in all my birthday letters to you but this year has been the absolute best. Your little sister helped you in her own way to make it a great year and don't you ever forget that! She has been your playmate, punching bag, best friend, arch rival, soul sister,... all combined in one. But you ve been nothing but a role model for her. According to your little sister, you can do no wrong. And from my personal experience, its not going to change. Ever. Its a heavy cross to bear. So good luck with that!

You ve been going full days to school this whole year and loving everything about it. G is still your best friend and your teacher promised me that you both will be in the same class next year too because she does nt have the heart to break you two up. How sweet that you can make such strong bonds in such a young age! And when your teacher told me how you took M, the new girl in your class, under your wing and mothered her and made her feel welcome, I was so proud of you. Keep it up, dear. I do hope you don't clam up when I'm around though. I have nt heard you speak one word to your teachers or your classmates when I'm present. It breaks my heart not to see you bubbly and chatty but your teacher reassures me that you are very vocal otherwise. If I ask you, your reply is "But I'm shy, Amma!" Sigh!

We travelled so much this year and you ve been such a sport. You love staying at hotels and going by bus, tram and trains. You spent a considerable amount of time with your grand parents, uncle and aunt this year and I'm happy that we are able to pull this off year after year. You are so lucky to have such wonderful people in your life and that you see them a lot. I remember how you brave you were and did nt cry when we left India this time. And you understood when Paati left back to India after staying with us for almost 3 months. It amazes me to see how mature you are and how clearly you understand the rules of life. At the same time, you are absolutely certain that you want to visit your aunt and uncle this summer and even went on to tell your aunt over the phone, "You come here and take Antu and me with you to the US, Perimma. Let Amma and Appa stay back in Zurich"! Hmph!

The tantrums miraculously stopped when you hit 4 1/2. They do surface on and off but I can take that. And like you told me the other day, "I am not a robot, Amma" when I asked you to give me a big smile when you were upset about something! The cheek! By the way, you are the least materialistic person in this household. If its giving your car seat to your sister or the stroller or your clothes or your shoes, I have nt ever seen you even flinch. That's some trait I am still trying to acquire so hats off to you. Also, one can take you to a toy shop without a worry because you never seem to want anything that badly. You might point to something and ask me if we can buy it but you are very understanding if I say no. You have always been like this but I never thought its a big deal until I took your sister shopping the other day. Could you train her or something for me, pretty please?

You are so interested in reading and writing and the artsy-crafty stuff now that its not funny. I pack your writing pad, paper and pencils first before packing a snack for you when we go out these days. I have learnt to do so much this year that I'm quite surprised that I even have a creative side in me. You are everything I dreamed about, my dear girl. You are the perfect little five year old I imagined you will be. You know what I do to make myself feel better as a mom when I'm really, really feeling low? I compare myself to some really irresponsible adults. (I know that I tell you all the time not to compare but then have I ever lectured you on hypocrisy? Never.) But even in my lowest of lows, I never had to compare you to another child. And I promise I never will. Just shove this letter in front of my face if I ever did, OK? Love you with all my heart, my dearest Princess. Wishing you a very Happy Birthday!

Love,
Amma.

45 comments:

Praveen said...

Happy day to Ashu!

Kavya said...

a long time silent lurker who never commented b4...n cudn't resist after reading your wonderful post today...this is such a cute note for ur daughter..Happy B'day Ashu!!

yaadayaada said...

Happy Birthday kutti!!

Ani said...

Happy Bday Ashu... Have a blast

shraddha said...

"I know that I tell you all the time not to compare but then have I ever lectured you on hypocrisy? Never." Like Shahid says in Jab We Met, "you're an original piece!" Heh =)

Best wishes to the lovely birthday girl! Love!

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday Ashu!

Timepass said...

happy birthday Ashu..Boo, what r the celebrations planned?

Rohini said...

Beautiful post. Happy birthday to the darling girl.

Blogeswari said...

Happy birthday !

Momo's Ma said...

a very happy birthday to Ashu for this mile stone. the pics are lovely. touch wood.

MindfulMeanderer said...

happy 5th ashu! :) lovely pics

Sachita said...

Happy birthday to kutty Ashu!

Artnavy said...

happy fifth kutty ma... u all r growing up so fast

PV said...

Happy Birthday Ashu !!

And Happy Fifth Parenting Anniversary to Boo and Mr.Boo !

Niv said...

aww, cho cute!
she looks lovely in the foto, where shes looking at a bubble:)

Happy Birthday!

Niv said...

aww, cho cute!
she looks lovely in the foto, where shes looking at a bubble:)

Happy Birthday!

AA_Mom said...

Happy Birthday Ashu. Pretty soon we will be reading the letters that you will write to your mom ;)

Aditi's Album said...

Happy Birthday Ashu. And a lovely letter from her mom.

Parul said...

What a lovely letter! Happy birthday, little one!

Nithya Sriram said...

Aww... that was sooo sweet...Happy bday Ashu...

ambulisamma said...

Lovely letter and a very happy b'day to Ashu.
Waiting for the update on celebrations.

Sumana said...

A very happy birthday to dear ashu. She sounds like my 5 year old too, espcially the shopping part. Don't tell me the second ones are that bad. I am scared of shopping sometimes.

Varsha aka Rain said...

Happy birthday Ashu

ummon said...

Happy Birthday Ashu!

You faked tears? Why? For the second I cried, I was in pain when I held her the first time ;)

"I am not a robot, Amma" -- that's just too cute!

Bubble Catcher said...

So so different from your regular humorous posts. just had to delurk for such a senti, beautiful post :)
Happy Bday to Ashu

Medha said...

Happy Birthday Ashu!!!

Gauri said...

Happy Birthday, Ashu :)) and here's to many many more :)

God Bless !!

Love,

Aunty G

bouncingbubble said...
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bouncingbubble said...

Happy B'day to Ashu!

Laksh said...

Happy Fifth Birthday Ashu! Love the picture your Amma paints of you.

Me said...

Happy Birthday Ashu!!!

dipali said...

Such a beautiful letter, Boo!
Awwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww:)

DeepzDiya said...

Hi Boo... I've been a regular follower of your blogs since quite long... may be abt 1 1 /2 to 2 yrs. In the beginning of every week, I make it a point to open your blog site looking forward to new posts from you.
I have liked so many of your posts but never took efforts to really go and comment for them.
I simply like the idea of writing a letter to your daughters every year on their b'days and this is very touchy (if thats correct usage). Could not resist from commenting. My best wishes to you and your family. Keep writing .... :))))
Inspired by you and few other blogs, I felt like writing too but haven't maintained a good pace with it. Hoping to do so pretty soon.
Happy B'day to Ashu :)

Bhavani said...

Such a wonderful Birthday letter!! I love your posts! Wishing Ashu a very Happy 5th Birthday!!
-Bhavani

Cantaloupes.Amma (CA) said...

Happy Birthday Ashu !!
Our birthday are just days apart ... and I see a lot of Taurian traits in you !!! Big Hi-Fi !!! Taurians Rock !

Valli said...

Have been a silent lurker all this time...a very loving birthday note for Ashu...

Happy Birthday Ashu!!!

Anonymous said...

Not a silent lurker and eventhough i dont have a blog i read yours, your sister's and your sister's friend's blog (now dont assume i am a blog-stalker!)

Happy birthday to Ashu!
Hoping to read the party posts and then another birthday post. How time flies!
-Vidya

Shalini Jerome said...

Happy Birtday Ashu ! Darling

Boo , You need to be complimented time and again for summarizing and putting forth all your feelings in one shot ! Lovely letter that Ashu can treasure in her years to come.

I wish I do the same for Melanius, who is 18 mnts now and in child care allowing me to be a Working mom.

kg3 said...

A very Happy Birthday (belated though) to dear Ashu....
Boo - all ur letters will be a life-long treasure to Ashu...keep going...and btw...ashu s looking lovely in the pics...

anubharat said...

Wishing a very happy birthday Ashu (belated though). Hope you had a wonderful day. Hats off to you Boo for treasuring your daughter's little milestones

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B o o said...

Danke. Danke. Danke.

Its so good to see so many of you delurk. Thanks again everyone.

the mad momma said...

Happy Birthday dear little Ashu... here's wishing you many more years and many happier birthdays. God bless you.

ChoxBox said...

whre did my comment go?!

belated happy birthday ashu.

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