Going Bananas

Ever wondered what one means by ‘Going Bananas’? Seems that it is the brat world idiom for ‘going crazy’ or ‘going nuts’. Apart from having to be updated with these idiotic idioms, one has to put up with the constant usage of such phrases. Simply put, I am going bananas.

Letter to Anirud

Dear Anirud

First things first. Let me wish you a very happy birthday on behalf of everyone who loves you.

I could not believe that we are celebrating your ninth birthday this week, as I still remember the first time I saw you as a 30-day old baby, little more than the size of my palm.

Looking back at the year that went past, I should say you had one of the great years. You started Class 3 at a new school. Although you have always loved every school that you have been to, this one seemed to be more to your liking than Gopalan National School, where you studied Class 1 and 2. This school not only got you some new friends of your wavelength, but also gave you lot of options for the co-curricular activities that you were interested in. To add to that, isn’t it true that the huge library of books always excited you? Academically too, you did really well, as always grasped the concepts pretty quickly and scored nicely even though we never focussed on the ‘marks’ aspect of your learning. You started learning a new language (French) and seemed to love it too, although hand writing continues to be your only nemesis.

Flute is a beautiful instrument to play. At the same time, it is a bit tough for someone of your age to master. With the focus on fingering, blowing and speed, it is quite a task for one to play with aplomb. You have been learning flute for almost a year and a half and have come a long way from where you have started. Your mom and I understand that you have passion towards mastering flute. All you need is a little bit of dedication and consistency to bridge the gap between where you are and where you aspire to be. Knowing you, I am sure you will achieve roaring success on this front pretty soon.

Anirud, do you remember the boy who during the Christmas holidays in 2013 said that he is not interested in learning to cycle and questioned his dad as why he is being forced into something that he doesn’t like?  Do you also remember, how the same boy in a matter of 15 minutes after the above argument learnt to balance and pedal on his own? The boy never stopped cycling afterwards until the cycle begged for a break. Yes dear brat, it was you. I am quoting this just to tell you how the seemingly insurmountable tasks become easy when you put your heart and mind into it.

At the home front, I always admire the way you have taken care of your younger sibling Srivaths. No wonder he adores you like anything and looks for you the moment he wakes up. The way he calls you ‘anna’ with a smile, by your name when he apparently tries to issue you a command and the way you respond would remain in our heart forever.

Isn’t this the year you started wearing spectacles? Someone said that you looked geeky in those and I think I would agree with that view. It is a bit unfortunate that your naughty lil’ brother broke the frame about 10 days ago.

While you have been so good for most part of the time and on most of the things, don’t you think it would do a world of good for you and for those who love you if you can take care of the minor irritants? I know that you know them too well, but will mention it here as a reminder.

a) Being Responsible for your things.

More than anyone else, you know it better on this. The number of pencils, erasers and other stationery items that you have left behind at the class is worth a story on its own. With a little bit of care, you can easily overcome this. Isn’t it? You do remember to bring back all the stuff when reminded. So, it is a matter of trying to bring back things yourself without being reminded.

b) Whining.

Imagine me or your mom talking to you all the time in the same whining tone that you use very often. Is it pleasing to your ears? Doesn’t it get irritating very soon? The tone in which you talk not only gives an impression that you are crying for no reason, but also shoots up our Blood Pressure levels. I have a feeling that you are planning to shed this habit the moment you turn nine. Guess, how I know this? Because, I know everything. :))

c) Talking back.

Very often we tell you to articulate your thoughts clearly when you have a concern. Sometimes, what you do is to take things too far on that front by talking back on every thing. I am not going to embarrass you by giving examples.

All the three things that I have mentioned are only minor irritants on a near perfect nine year old. I am sure it will be easier for you to get rid off these annoying stuff and have a super duper year than what you just had.

Once again, wishing you a very happy birthday my dear boy. Have a superb day and year ahead.

love,

appa.

Silver Medal at NSO

Attended the Annual Day event at Anirud’s school. To organise an event of such big proportions, with parents of 2500 kids attending is quite a task. Was very much impressed with their event management skills, as I have witnessed several events at this school in the last one year.

During the event, the Principal was presenting the Annual Report, wherein he was talking about various achievements of the kids over the course of the academic year. While I was awe struck at the sheer variety of the skills that the kids possessed and the way this school was encouraging and recognizing them, I was pleasantly surprised when he mentioned Anirud’s name for the Silver Medal he bagged at the National Science Olympiad earlier this year. Yeah, it was that proverbial “தான் பெற்ற மகனை சான்றோன் என பிறர் கூறக் கேட்ட தந்தை” moment. 🙂

In the larger scheme of things, it is less than 5-seconds of fame. In fact, Anirud or any of his friends didn’t even hear him being mentioned by the Principal as they were at the back of the stage getting ready for their event (Indian Musical Choir). But as a parent, I swelled with joy and pride. Irrespective of the above, we are proud of you Anirud. We really are. Congratulations.IMG-20140131-00107

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