Tuesday, January 26, 2010

The little Boy who wanted to meet the President.

Print Friendly and PDF This five year old boy was really looking forward to go to his new school. It was kindergarten. He had heard a lot of things about his new school. He was ready to move on from his preschool to this new big boy's school as he told his mommy. It was a big step for him and he was really excited. The transition was smooth. He had wonderful loving teachers and he loved his new class mates.

During this time it was also time for the Presidential elections, and at school they were making the kids aware of the entire process of how elections are held, the White House and the candidates. He was so curious and excited just like his other friends in his class. Once he was saddened too. When the elections got to the final two candidates and again they had to choose who would be the best choice for the President of the United States. He asked his mother very innocently, "When the White house is so big why can't Mr. Barack Obama and Mr. John McCain both share it, why do the people have to choose one President ? ". It was a valid question. His mother tried her best to explain to this five year old how these things work in the real world.

Soon the day came when History was made and for the first time, an African American Became the President of the United States of America. By now this little boy had watched Mr. Barack Obama on TV a lot when his parents sat through the presidential elections, debates, his Inaugural speech. He was very happy for Mr. President. He was giving the reasons why Mr. Barack Obama won the elections.

Also during this entire time he was very keen to visit Washington DC to see the White house. His parents promised him they'll soon take him to see the White house. It was just a matter of three hours the driving distance between realizing his dream and where he lived. Finally this last Thanksgiving November 2009, his parents were visiting some friends and decided to take this boy to the White house as promised.

Washington DC is cold around this time. But the promise made to their son had to be fulfilled. They all go visiting the White House and it was around 5:00 pm. It was chilly and dark. This boy was all prepared with his jacket and mittens and a hat. They are driving by and his dad showed him the White House, thinking it was too cold to walk. But this little boy was so determined to walk as close to the White House as possible. Finally his dad finds a parking lot and now they all walk towards the White House. It was a beautiful feeling. It was cold but full moon night. They all take pictures for keepsake and admire the White HOuse. The little Boy seems to be thinking and not quite happy. He tells his parents " Alright , now Can we meet Mr. President Please ". Then it occurs to his parents , all this while he said he wanted to visit the White House was to meet the President. They tried to tell him without breaking his heart, that the President is so busy with so many importangt issues right now, thats the reason he cannot meet with us.

But he did not seem convinced. There were some security personnel outside the White House. The White house for obvious reasons is well guarded. He asked his parents , whether it was alright to go and ask the security personnel whether he could meet the President. His parents let him ask the Security. The little boy walks to the Security , and asks he wants to meet the President. The parents are watching as within couple minutes, the little boy returns with a sad face and says, "The security officer says, Nobody can meet the President, but you could watch him on TV".

His parents try to tell him like any other parent would. "How about you be so good in your studies and school, that the President Mr. Barack Obama will come to your School and be so proud of you. That way you can meet Mr. President. ". The little boy is still waiting and has'nt stopped dreaming yet.

Monday, January 25, 2010

Learning the ABC's...

Print Friendly and PDF When growing up do you remember, how we learnt our ABC'S...I still remember A is for apple and I'm sure thats how they still teach in schools. But at home as I'm trying to teach my younger son, the ABC's and trying to find out words he could relate to. I find he relates more to Caillou, Tom and Jerry , Thomas the train/tank enegine, Noddy, Mickey Mouse,Spiderman, Batman to name a few. So thats what I did the other day I decided to teach him his ABC's and have some some fun with it too. He was so happy and excited to know the alphabets because they corresponded to his favorite cartoon characters.

I'm not an expert in this field. Although, almost did my major in education and had to change my mind because of health related issue. But my very first job was that of a primary/elementary school teacher and I loved it. I was a substitute for a fellow teacher and they let me teach part-time and that job went on for a year. How I loved every moment of it though. Soon I found out that I was allergic to chalk/dust and for the entire time I taught by the 2nd day of the week my voice would be so hoarse and it my throat really hurt. I really struggled, each morning did warm water gargles and took some medication. Finally went to couple of ENT specialists and it was ascertained I was allergic to dust and chalk powder in this case. In the meanwhile I was sure Teaching was my calling and also enrolled for a Bachelors in Education Program. But then decided if I couldn't teach , It would be best not to pursue the Bachelors in Education Program. By now my younger sister was really motivated and she instead enrolled in this program couple years later and now is an awesome teacher. She's into teaching for the love of it and does such a wonderful job with her students. I'm really proud of her.

But now things have changed and are changing. Many schools do not use chalk and use white boards instead and now my older son who is in 1st grade is motivating me to go back to teaching. As they say , Never Say Never. Lets see what life has in store for me.

Friday, January 22, 2010

Women are from Venus....

Print Friendly and PDF I read this book, Men are from Mars and Women are from Venus by John Gray a long time ago . Sometimes when it was hard to explain why women do certain things I would just resort to the above explanation. Also when it was hard to understand why men are the way they are..that was the explanation. This was before I was married. In fact I still may have that book somehere amongst the many others who are gathering dust. Not that I don't love reading, but now it gets harder to find the time to read and once I begin reading I really don't like to keep it down until its done. Also I have a very energetic two year old running around and I really need to keep an eye on him not knowing what stunts he's going to pull up next. With blogging its easy..I just type my thoughts in bits and pieces and save it as a draft. Also he cannot scribble on my online notes.

Alright let me go back to my Women are from Venus thought... I'm a very expressive person or shall we say talkative. I can talk about anything . This amazes my DH to no extent. I guess I have a lot of things I like, maybe thats why I always have something to talk about. Most of the men like to keep it short and not elaborate. If you ask them how was your day..I doubt you'll get even a complete sentence out of them. Ask a woman like me and I can go on and on. Also I can talk for hours on the phone. This is funny as today I was exchanging notes with one of my blogpals , we'll call her A and she was happy that I too talk for long hours on the phone..and we found out a few more women like us . It was good to know I was'nt the only one. In fact many a times I've tried that I should speak a little less. But then I realized maybe I have a little more to say...

These are just my thoughts and the intention is not to offend anybody. There might be some men too out there who are very expressive and some women who like to keep it short. In fact I just googled to see whether men or women talk more and there are various researches being conducted. In my case research or not..I know who talks more in our house...

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Life is Temporary.

Print Friendly and PDF As I sip my morning tea
Reading news and emails
With the Little one still sleeping
and older one in school

Its so peaceful its so quite
As I'm contemplating what to do next
There I read some news about something sad
And an email about something good

Someone has lost a loved one and
Someone has been blessed with a new born

What makes you happy , What makes you Sad
I sit and ponder about this thing called Death

What is Life and What is Death
Its a complete cycle I guess
Life Is just Temporary
It dawns on me then

Make the most of your journey
Its borrowed time from God
When he thinks Your Times Up
You are not getting a reminder call

Just a silent and strong hand
saying its time to bid goodbye
To this earth and to your loved ones
Its time to go Now.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Bollywood Movie- 3 Idiots.

Print Friendly and PDF I watched this movie twice last week. Its a funny and entertaining movie to watch. It does have a subtle message in it as well. It makes us look at life a little differently.

I love the entire movie and each and everyone has done a great job in this movie. I don't want to tell you the story and spoil the fun. If you have'nt watched it, do take the time to enjoy it and I can assure you its time and money well spent. The main starcast of this movie - Aamir Khan,N Madhavan, Sharman Joshi, Kareena Kapoor and Boman Irani. Awesome starcast and brilliant performance and direction. Its well directed by Rajkumar Hirani. He's the one who directed Lage Raho Munna Bhai as well.

I have no vested interest in this movie, nor is anyone paying me to write this review. But I do personally believe if you have something good to share..why not spread the word.

It does have a catch phrase in this movie- ALL IZZ WELL !!!!. So When you are done watching this movie, you will feel - ALL IS WELL.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Simple Living and High Thinking.

Print Friendly and PDF These words ring in my ears so many years later. Now that I'm married and have kids, have a wonderful husband and a house. With all these come huge responsibilities and I'm beginning to understand a little about life each day. This quote makes sense to me NOW.

Growing up, my mom would just sum everything up in these words "Simple Living and High Thinking". I'm really not sure about who's quote this is..I'm Thinking Gandhiji, but I maybe wrong. She is so patient even today and keeps on moving forward..with this philosophy. Back then when we were kids , like any other kids you always need something or your demands never end. When we would have so many questions and reasonings why we don't have certain things or why we were'nt allowed to do certain things- She would just smile and say the above quote. We would not be that convinced then..But now it all seems right.

Sometimes I think we make our lives so complicated and miss out on the simple pleasures of life. We are in a great rush to be the best, to be number one, to have a better or bigger house, or maybe your dream car or maybe a vacation or cruise. In this run for the Numero Uno position, aren't we subconsciously putting so much of pressure on ourselves and not really enjoying these day to day moments. Many of you may debate that if you rush today maybe your tomorrow will be secured and happy. But how about today..its not coming back. Our kids and their childhood not coming back. This is just my thought.

I feel if we just focus on what we need as a family, as a community as a country as a world to be happy, things will be much better. It will be a peaceful world. We would all be proud citizens of this happy world, not having to worry about Global warming and things of these nature as everyone then would be considerate of each other. If we change our mindset from MINE (me, myself and mine) to Ours..It would be a great start to begin with.

Thursday, January 7, 2010

What is Happiness ?...

Print Friendly and PDF Don't you ask yourselves this question sometimes. Rather to rephrase this question...What makes you happy ? or What would make you happy ?.

This is such a powerful word so simple yet so complicated..it has a different meaning for all of us.

Since we are just newly in 2010 , wishing our loved ones a happy new year, I started to think about this word again. What's the definition of happy or happiness.

Alright by now like many of you, I rely on my good friend Wiki for reliable information, and here's what Wiki has to say about happiness -

"Happiness is a state of mind or feeling characterized by contentment, love, satisfaction, pleasure, or joy "

Couple of quotes on happiness I agree with -

"Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony." - Gandhiji. (Mahatma Gandhi)

Happiness is a perfume you cannot pour on others without getting a few drops on yourself. - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Also I would say happiness has a different meaning in your various stages of life. At this stage of my life - Happiness is being healthy - surrounded by people you love , doing what you love to do and leading a simple life.

So what's your definition of happiness or your mantra to be happy. I'm still on a quest to seek more knowledge and wisedom on being happy or happiness...the quest Continues....

Monday, January 4, 2010

Back to school..in 2010.

Print Friendly and PDF Today is the 1st day of school in 2010. After a much enjoyed winter break, its back to school time. Today as I dropped my son to school I felt so emotional, seeing him say good bye to me. He went along with his backpack and all bundled up (as its too cold here), as if it was not a big deal at all. Yeah, its big a deal for us , parents who become so emotional and so protective for our kids. They want to fly, explore the world, they have so much to learn and to grow.

In this winter break we did have a lot of fun. He shares my passion for food. So we had a blast, cooking and baking and just enjoying ourselves. We made our first ever Gingerbread house together, right from scratch. That is a priceless memory. I'll miss my baking/cooking buddy. I'm sure he'll have some time for these fun filled moments amidst his home work and his other after school activities. If not I'll look forward to the Spring break.

Some beautiful Quotes for you to ponder upon:

“Adults are always asking little kids what they want to be when they grow up because they're looking for ideas” - Paula Poundstone

“The work will wait while you show your child the rainbow, but the rainbow won't wait while you do the work.” -Patricia Clafford

Saturday, January 2, 2010

Its 2010 ...

Print Friendly and PDF A year has passed by and we are all in 2010. New dreams, new beginnings and new hopes for the future.

Many of us make resolutions. I for one, do not really make resolutions as I believe, they put on added pressure on you and you stop enjoying your day to day life. Eventually many of the resolutions are so unreal, they cannot be met, which leads to depression. So why go through all the hassle and be heart broken. The flip side of it being, since I have no resolutions to live up to, anything I achieve is great for me and it makes me happy. See A Win -Win Situation.

Some funny quotes for you in 2010 :
"An optimist stays up until midnight to see the new year in. A pessimist stays up to make sure the old year leaves." Bill Vaughn

"A New Year's Resolution is something that goes in one year and out the other year." Anonymous