You know when you would find kids being diligent about new hobbies and stuff like reading books especially when you don’t want them to? Exam time. That’s right. Since parents do not have enough on their plates chasing after errant kids, the kids decide to make it even harder. So the younger son, well he started reading books with a gusto. And, a brand new hobby was to read my blog. That’s right. I saw him reading on the laptop with utmost concentration not even demanding to take breaks. He had read straight for an hour when I went to check on him, he was still at it.
And then he came to me all excited and smiles. He had found some old posts of mine that had talked about him and incidents of his baby days. He was so happy and also rolled in laughter narrating some of the stuff that he found he did through the blog posts. That helped jog my memory as well as I had forgotten so much of it. He also read a few posts about his brother and that opened a completely new window in his life for him. He found out how his brother was before he was born and actually looked at him with different eyes as he discovered that elder brother was a goofy baby and normal child and not the guy he had always looked up to.
As he discussed more, I also got pulled into the conversation. I then opened a few photo folders from their baby albums and that meant a couple of hours just whizzed by. But, I did not feel angry at all though outwardly I showed slight annoyance. I felt a rush of gratitude for the blog – that I had documented those beautiful and quirky slices of life from their childhood and for the ensuing conversations we had. If he is cherishing them so much now, imagine how they will be when he grows older. It validated my effort at sharing those snippets. After all, I did start the blog originally to write about the kids and their journey through life. He also read so much of what his mother thought and discussed some of those feelings with me. In a strange way, I felt really fulfilled and flattered too when he told me that he enjoyed my writing.
Now, he is a regular reader of my blog and reads every post of mine. How truly lovely! As the month of March draws to a close, I would like to hold on to this warm experience as the one I would express the most gratitude for.
To every parenting blogger out there, your children will thank you one day for writing about them. This is such a precious legacy that we are leaving behind for them and hopefully for other people who draw solace and support in our writing.
How was March for you?
I wish you all a wonderful April. Hope, we all can continue to remain sane through their summer vacation. 😀
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