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April 27, 2011

27.04.2011

Dearest Ashu,


You turn six today! Like your Perimma remarked the other day, you are not a kid anymore. But a young girl! At least that's what the the clothing store is labeling you. You look quite grown up all of a sudden too. You talk like one most definitely. You are so profound at times that I go completely speechless. One day I spilled some milk on the kitchen counter and was cleaning it. You happened to be there and I told you, "See Ashu? It was an accident. I spilled some milk and I'm mopping it. Everyone makes mistakes and its OK!" Because you think you are Miss.Perfect and whenever you make some mistakes, you go out of your way to defend yourself and we both always get into an argument over that! For which you replied, "You have your mistakes, Amma. I have mine" and walked away. Whats the word? Yes, speechless. You are also brutally honest. Like the other day when you asked me to draw a heart for you and I did. When I asked you how the heart looked you said, "Its not perfect. But its better than mine." Sigh.



As always, we traveled a lot this year too and my heart swells with pride to see what a good traveler you are. Whether it was our week long Norway trip where I did nt include anything kid oriented just because it was our anniversary trip or the Yosemite road trip from San Jose or the camping trip or the annual trips to the US and India, the special Kerala trip this year or the local trips within Swiss or the recent Disneyland trip, I cant remember you giving me trouble for anything anywhere. I so wish you teach a thing or two to your sister though! You also spent loads of time with your Grand Parents, Perimma & Perippa and various other relatives and friends and like I repeat every year, don't forget how lucky you are that they are part of your life. Especially your Perippa who came all the way from the US to surprise you on your birthday this year armed with gifts. What a treat!



You became a Kinder Garten Girl this year and to see you so proud of your school, class, teachers and friends is heart achingly beautiful. You think your teachers know everything and even your Super-Mom comes only second to them. It makes me so happy that you are in such a healthy and cheerful environment when you are away from home. G has been with you for the third year in a row and am crossing my fingers for the next. You had a fantastic time skiing this season with your best buddy S. You danced on stage with 5 other little girls. Twice. Though the swimming classes keep getting interrupted, you love water. Another thing you love is climbing. Last year the same time, I never thought that you would do these things. I cant believe that the rather reserved five year old Ashu disappeared although I see her now and then. But that's because you are selective. Which is really brilliant, if you ask me. I wish I were like that. And oh, you eat Broccoli. Willingly.



Although you seem to be a serious girl, you can be downright silly when you want to be. Right to the point of annoying. God knows why you save those phases only for me though! While you talk like a grown up about certain things, I'm glad you have your childish innocence intact too. Like how you wanted the Ben 10 t-shirt and when I gently asked you when you are planning to wear it, you replied, "I will wear to school, Amma! I don't care if people think only boys wear Ben 10 clothes." And when we were reading some happily ever after story, you remarked, "You know, Amma? Even a man and a man can marry. Woman and woman too!" I don't know where that came from but am glad it did. You are still obsessed with being a twin and I'm dreading the day you ll start reading the St.Clare's series because that's when my obsession began. With the O'Sullivan twins. I apologize in advance, OK? It was nt in my hands. Because if I could have had two of you, I most certainly would have.



Antu and you are inseparable these days. It might sound outright silly to you but I drop whatever it is I'm doing and start listening to your conversations on the sly because they are unbearably cute! The way you look out for your sister is amazing. Whether its holding the elevator doors for her or helping her climb a chair or help her dress up, you are there for her 100%. I used to think that my sister was born an older sis. She was so mature and responsible even at a very young age. God knows why I doubted you when I was expecting Antu. You have turned out exactly like that. The other day in the park, you and I were sitting on the steps and eating a snack while Antu and a little older boy were running around in circles. Antu was following him like a puppy and both our gazes were following them. Then the boy turned a corner out of our vision and Antu followed him. Even before I said something or got up, you were up and running behind Antu. It took you only a split second to do that and I was totally amazed. How did you know to do that? Was it instinctive? I have never been more proud of you than that moment. May you and Antu always look out for each other. That's my only prayer. Happy 6th Birthday, Darling!


Love,

Amma.

32 comments:

Anonymous said...

Have a wonderful Birthday Ashu...you sure are one of the lovely kids any parent can be proud of..have a blast
luv
jey

A and A said...

Happy B'Day Ashu!

As usual great post Boo!

Cantaloupes.Amma (CA) said...

Happy Birthday Ashu !!!

Ashu looks lovely in every picture you have put up in the post ... range of expressions.
And ""You have your mistakes, Amma. I have mine" line ... could totally imagine her saying it in the red dress picture :)

yaadayaada said...

Happy Birthday! And remember I sent perippa as your birthday present!! And those presents, I shopped and bought those!! Hmm. What else! Oh yeah! Have a great birthday!

Me said...

Happy birthday to Ashu!!!

party update laam adutha post la varuma?

R's Mom said...

Oh what a lovely post :) Happy birthday Ashu...its one of the most wonderful letters ever :) Kala tikka to everything especially Ashu and Antu's relationship...its so beautiful

Anonymous said...

Happy Bday Ashu!

praveen

Reva said...

Happy Birthday Ashu!
What a fun update, Boo! Very nice read. Totally sweet of Periappa to land there as a surprise.. and laughed at Periamma's comment about who was responsible for that :)
YY - Munnadiye solli iruntha oru cake panni anuppi irukkalam!

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday Ashu! Boo,you must be very proud of Ashu! Congrats! Ashu sounds just like my son Varun.
I guess we can learn a lot of things from our kids.
Seetha

Anonymous said...

Ashu looks so pretty in these pics. I can see that she suddenly looks grown up, from the earlier pics of her. My faves are the long faced one and the studious one in glasses (reminds me of my daughter).

Loved reading about her instincts at the park.

Anonymous said...

A very happy birthday to Ashu!! :)

- San

Sowmya Srikrishnan said...

A very beautiful post. Wishing your daughter the best.

Varsha aka Rain said...

Happy birthday Ashu!!
And wonderful photos Boo esp the one where she is all dressed up :)

Indu said...

Happy happy Birthday, Ashu! And thanks Boo, for the sooper-cute post.

Lakshmi said...

Happy Birthday to the little one.
"God knows why you save those phases only for me though!"
That's what moms are for. And I bet you wouldn't trade it for anything in the world.

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday Ashu... she looks lovely...

both the girls are 27 date right?

Sujatha Ramesh

anubharat said...

Happy happieeeeeee birthday to darling Ashu. Cant believe she is 6 already. Ippo dhaan 5yr birthday post padicha maadhiri irukku. Loved her in the dance costume and the one with the glasses (aaraichimain Ashu fits so well for this pic)

Looking fwd to the b'day party post.

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday Ashu!!

She is so cute..

Neera said...

A very Happy Birthday dear Ashu and Congratulations dear Boo and having a terrific six year old daughter thats her. Loved each one of her pics ...they go perfectly in sync with ur post. Its the kind of post which one would read and fall in love with this child. God bless her! Three cheers for the siblings' love. And honestly even I think this is the best age kids can be at - have never ever enjoyed motherhood as much as I am now.

weourlife said...

Its a beautiful letter, I felt emotional reading this post. I am so happy to see the sibling relation. Happy Birthday to you Ashu!!

subbulakshmistoned said...

aww! happy birthday Ashu.

RS said...

Happy Birthday to Ashu!! She is growing up to be a lovely older sister...

Shobana said...

Happy birthday darling :) You do sound like a darling from your mom's letter...may you 2 sisters be there for each other for ever!

Mrs PS said...

Hi Boo,

i got directed to your blog from someother blog..your tags are super cute. i like your blogs..very humourous also it shows you are down to earth..god bless your family..

Kookaburra said...

oh man, has it been six years already? I remember reading boo in 2005! Ashu definitely looks like a young girl - all that I could think immediately was "will six years go this fast, how will Divya look at 6" and all that! :)

Still cant believe it has been six years. Hope Ashu had a blast celebrating! Congrats to you boo!

Anonymous said...

Belated bday wishes to ashu. Lovely post as
usual. My daughter shares her bday with ashu.

mnamma said...

Belated BIrthday wishes Ashu!!!! She looks so cute and every inch a very trustwoerhy big sister!!!

thiswaypliss said...

Happy birthday Ashu...She looks adorable in all her pics!!

Unga bloog and unga style of writing enakku romba pidikum...Delurking now! :)

Munmun said...

gorgeous. great to relive some of the moments through the blog. Can totally imagine her straight face saying all the loaded stuff.

Sumana said...

Happy Birthday Dear Ashu and may you have a wonderful and prosperous life. And Boo the post was sucha lovely read. Hats off to have a wonderful daughter like yours. The elder ones truly amaze us out at times.

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday to Ashu and advanced wishes to Antu!
The chinna chinna vanna kuyil picture is so cute.
Vidya

B o o said...

Thanks everyone for the lovely wishes! It means a lot to me.