Blog :Between me and my little
Date: 4/16/2012 9:42:09 PM
Last Friday was a day to cherish for rest of my life. The mommy and daughter day turned out to be more than just perfect. We woke up around 8am, jumped into morning routine, had breakfast and got ready by 10:30am. We reserved our car for the day as you know we had many many important commitments for the day. So many places to cover in one single day. I wanted to visit all the art and craft places and studios I have shortlisted from internet to see if we can celebrate Adi’s birthday (that’s a month away) in one of that place. The theme for this year’s birthday would be arts and crafts as the girl is now more inclined towards it. What better day to check the places than Friday where we don’t have to unnecessarily test M’s patience by visiting numerous places on the same day, give the girl a chance to choose the place she likes and allow us to take our own time at every stop again without testing M’s patience.
I had given enough heads up to Adi in the morning as we are only going to check the places and the party may or may not happen at all, as I don’t want her to throw a tantrum end of day, as I need her help in choosing a better place but again we might end up not choosing any place too, as I am looking for her honest opinion about every place, as we will discuss the pros and cons of every place so on and so forth.. Phew I wonder how her marriage arrangements are going to be if I can’t just decide on a party plan for her 7th birthday. So, we roamed around the whole day. Here is a glimpse of our Itinerary.
Bags were packed with water bottle, snacks, juice boxes, puzzle book, kindle. What if we were lost, get hungry on the way, Adi is busy in one of the crafts shop and I get bored. So basically we just left the beds and pillows at home and packed everything under the roof with so many what ifs popping out of our mind. Isn’t this bound to happen when the mom-daughter duo is set to venture out whole day that too to unknown places just relying on GPS.
Our first few stops (A to D) were at places nearby and by the time we were done with D our tummies were already ringing bell. I choose the local pizzeria whereas the “born-with-golden-spoon” girl (or at least the way she was
treated pampered by her father) choose the grand Indian buffet. Only later I came to know that the girl choose grand buffet for the cantaloupes they serve. Whatever I hogged on the food, she hogged on the fruits/desserts and we left the place with a happy smile and of course a happy tummy:) By the way, from the places we visited so far Adi liked place B that was a small arts and craft shop where the lady plans the party theme based on kid’s interest and likes.
Second half was a long journey so much so that Adi started complaining that she feels like being on the road for the whole day. Next stop was at a place where she played bowling, arcade games, won some 64 tickets and got a ring and tattoo as prize. When I agreed to let her play there she was shell shocked and asked “Mommy, why are you being so nice to me today?”, ”Is it because I helped you to cleanup yesterday?” **rolls eyes** I replied in an ek dum filmy style as “Anything for Adi”.. This is your day. Have fun.
Next stop was at an art studio where a party was already happening and kids were busy with painting on their canvas. It was a love at first sight for both of us but the studio is small, I cannot make it a drop-off party considering the distance and the lady doesn’t have dates until mid of June to come to my home so our love is still on waiting list
Next stop at the backyard of a lady’s house. We reached her place at 5:15pm and met her when she was running to catch a flight. She does paper mache, face mask, painting and stuff but we were not impressed with the place.
Next stop at another craft store which usually closes at 5pm but was open till 7pm that day much to our delight. Adi got to do an hour of craft there and we had an once in an lifetime experience on that store. We witnessed an egg hatching a baby chick. Adi was literally shouting in joy and I couldn’t thank my stars enough. I mean after spending more than 25 years at India especially visiting my village for every summer where chicks are quiet common I am here witnessing an egg hatching at US of A for the first time. Can you believe it?
Here is a video I tried to capture in my phone
Didn’t I mention earlier that it was more than just a perfect day. Things were just falling in place for us. I never imagined that we will be able to visit all the places marked in my list but we did. Meeting up with a lady at the last minute, not missing even one single route on the way, driving hillside, visiting a craft store to see an egg hatching and what not.
The craft store we visited last was closer to M’s workplace so picked him up, reached home around 8:30pm, made amma’s trademark Kathirika gothsu (recipe coming up soon) as side dish for dosa, ate and hit the sack with back and calf muscles pleading to rest. To my surprise M appreciated the gothsu dish unlike his usual self that always complains about my Chutney’s and Sambar. I never get them right. never ever period. With his praise I had to admit that it is MY day. A day that dawned just to make me happy
This day also showed me that the girl has grown-up beyond my imagination. She was analyzing every place more than me and jumped in with ideas. We are yet to decide on the option and she is perfectly fine with it understanding the pros and cons of every place. It was more like a girls day out rather than a mommy/baby day out. I loved every bit of it and saved all the memories deep inside me to cherish for lifetime. The table we shared at lunch with both of us seated opposite to each other relishing our food, the songs we listened to and sang along while driving on lake side and hill side, the word games we played while struck on traffic, the laughs we shared.. ahhh is there any word superior than bliss? This day also reminded me of the days I used to roam around Chennai with amma. I assumed those good old days will never come back but this day proved me wrong. I only wish to share at least half the kind of relationship with Adi that amma shared with me.. Lucky me to have Adi in my life.. Touchwood Touchwood…