Wednesday, April 15, 2009

5 months after the move

I like...
... Being just a few miles away from my parents place, being able to meet them more often and just a mental satisfaction that I'll be there to share their ups and downs, help and support them whenever the need be.

... Looking at the children being loved and cared for by grandparents and uncles and aunts and them basking in all the love and attention they get, watching the circle of love grow as I am able to watch from a distance

... being at a place where the temperatures allow us to go to a neighborhood park every single day uptil now unlike Minnesota where we were pndoors for a large part of the year.


... Fancying to eat any Indian delight - aloo chaat, golgappas, tikki, samosas, jalebi and not having to make it myself - ah HEAVEN!!

... The fact that a mop, a bucket of water and a bottle of phenyl is all it takes to take care of that upturned palatte of watercolors or worse still poop on the floor as opposed to fancy carpet cleaners and scrubbing and the innumerable carpet steam cleaning sessions we never seemed to have enough of because of the largely carpetted area we had in our apartment.


I miss ...

... Sorely the public library which was a 3 minute drive from our apartment, allowed us to check out a 100 books at a time out of which we had a changing supply of 50 at any given time and I could search and request books at the click of a button as soon as anything caught the kids fancy from cars and trucks and planes to squirrels and kangaroos to statue of liberty or niagara falls, firefighters to garbage truck drivers, volcanoes, doodlebops, caillou,woody, buzz lightyear, anything under the sun.This was apart from the regular visits where Vansh picked up books he liked there. The standards are so high that its impossible for anything to even come close. I am finding it hard to come to terms with reality. BOOHOO!!

... The independence of driving alone anywhere with the both the kids securely strapped in their car seats at the back. Right now the little one cannot be trusted to stay put even with the seat belt on as intermittently she just refuses to sit herself anywhere else other than my lap. I am taking baby steps of giving her books to read at the back, trying explaining to her, doling out her favorite rhymes one after the other and keeping fingers crossed for the strategies to work.

...The ease of riding a bus with both the kids which they absolutely lurved to do. For that matter the ease of going any damn where alone with both the kids, one in stroller and the other just holding it.

...The variety of activities we could indulge in when the weather was good - carrying cycles to a beautiful trail closeby or at a good distance and enjoying the beauty, spending almost every weekend at the beach which the kids loved, several of which were within a 5 mile radius, the garage sales, storytimes at the library, splash pads and the likes.


... The "me" time for a couple of hours after the kids went to bed by 9:30. Here they refuse to sleep until each and every light is turned off and each and every person is sound asleep or at least pretending to do so.


... Having Ashwini back home by 6:00 and then spending at least 3 hours as a family until the dreaded off shore calls began again. The working hours are just too long. BOOHOO yet again!!

8 comments:

Suma said...

awww...i know the 'misses' are pretty tough...

but then having grandkids and grandparents together will be great for their overall development..and the niggling irritations will soon be in the background as you settle down, by and by...

take care...

Monika,Ansh said...

:) Aww.....your post brought an instant smile. I am so happy for you

Monika said...

awww misses are tough as suma said

try the car seat here too, u get good ones...i put ojas in car seat every single time i go out and i have been doing this from the day he was born

and there are a couple of very good libraries in delhi too, i will try and get the details and mail u

might not be brilliant but could make the worst atleast bad if not good :)

Gauri said...

Hey Neera - you're tagged : http://tiny-tidbits.blogspot.com/2009/04/around-world-in-80-clicks.html

Making Memories said...

u r right neera...and m nervous about the day when i'll be steping in ur shoes...lets see how it goes.

Sumana said...

So well put forward Neera, I too miss the libraries. Ya the roads are not even stroller ridable here. We end up carrying the 2 year old at times.

Swati said...

aww..the plus and the minus :)

Neera said...

Monika: We didn't want to spend ona car seta now Monika considering that we'll just need it for may be a few months more with the second child u know. And pleeeeease do send me contact details of good libraries except the BCL.