May has been a joyful month on many fronts. It has also been extremely challenging and depressing in certain other areas. A true roller coaster, almost reflective of life. I was reading somewhere we truly appreciate the good times in life when they have passed us by. Mostly we focus on either fire fighting the challenges or wondering why they are happening to us. So many times, I have this unnerving feeling that most of what transpires is out of our control. After that philosophical bit, let’s look at the roundup and focus on the good that happened.
Birthdays and Special Moments:
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In Edinburgh, Scotland, in the year 2005. With older son, Sid, who is turning 16 tomorrow. He was a child with the brightest smiles who was very friendly with strangers. How time flies! #ThrowbackThursday * * * * #rachnasays #son #raisingboys #parenting #parentingteens #parenthood #momslife #momblogger #parentingstyle #parentingblogger #parentingblog
May is the month when my older son has his birthday. He turned 16 this year and I wrote a post on why he is so special for me. May is also Mother’s Day when we take a moment to feel grateful for the mothers in our lives. So blessed to have my mother-in-law supporting me at every step, of my mum’s lovely memories that act as a constant guiding force and of my own motherhood that has made me a better, more generous, more kind person. My boy, Coco, also turned 7 this May. Poor boy cannot understand the fuss on his birthday. J May was a month packed with celebration for sure. Just spending time with family, amid cheer and laughter is precious and these moments will last us a lifetime for sure.
I also made a short trip to catch up with family. Just 5 days with them is so energizing. Can never ever feel enough gratitude for the love of my family – my father, my sister and her family and my brother and his family. Spending time with my cutie pie niece was the highlight of the trip. Little kids are precious. Being around them makes you feel thankful for the smallest things in life.
May end brought in the results of son’s 10th Boards. He has done exceptionally well, and I am so happy for him. That said, marks really mean very little in the larger scheme of life. We celebrate because his efforts are validated but even children who have got lower marks must not despair. 10th marks matter zilch. Use them as a stepping stone to your goals. And for God’s sake, don’t compare. Your kids deserve better than that.
Health and Fitness:
Most of you are aware of the knee trouble that began in April. When I went to my orthopaedic doctor, he confirmed that it was a meniscus tear but perhaps not as bad as it could be. Grateful for minor blessings. But it also means that I have to rest this knee completely, avoiding bending it at all times to give it an opportunity to heal completely. I have also been told some exercises that I do religiously to help build strength in the other muscles. Luckily, I have been regular with my lower body exercises and continue to do exercises that do not involve bending the knee. But it has been boring and a real test of patience for a super active person like me. How very grateful it makes one feel of their body for being the perfectly oiled machine that it is! I know my body will bounce back soon. Till then no active workout. Also grateful for my friends who reached out to offer their generous suggestions and best wishes. Shalz thanks so much for your valuable phone call and the Reiki.
On the health level, I have been feeling much better – more calm, luckily no other diseases and in a better space in my head. Have to watch out for those respiratory allergies now that the monsoon is here. Have scheduled my annual Health Check this weekend. Grateful for overall wellbeing.
Here and There
Summer was less harsh this year for us. We have been having decent rains to cool down and monsoon is at our doorsteps. Can never feel grateful enough for Bangalore weather despite its troubles.
Spent a lot of time with the younger son who has been more subdued as his older brother started school from mid month. Both of us went for the family visit together and spent some quality time. As your older child rushes to adulthood, you hold on to the childlike exuberance and innocence of the younger one, who is also growing up too fast. Kinda sobering in a way. Always grateful for my kids who are my joy and pride.
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It's so much fun to fool around with Coco. He is at his talkative best in the morning especially when I wake up from sleep and he is the wagging his tail animatedly, doing some kind of jiggly dance, conversing and jumping all over. He repeats this cycle with everyone in the family and with loads of emotion. Perfect start to the day! We are so blessed to have him. #cocotales #dogtales #dogs_of_instagram #dogslife #dogoninstagram #labradorsofinstagram #labradorretrievers #labradorsofig #labradorsofinsta #petlover #pettales #petparent #petparenthood #petparents #dogoninstagram #dogscorner #dogsoﬁg #dogsofigworld #ilovedogs #dogoftheday #bestwoof #dog_features #woofwoof #woof #rachnasays #petlovers #caninelove #dailywoof #dailydogfeature
Coco has gained some weight and is on a special weight loss diet and exercise regimen. As he gets older, we have to take extra care of his joints and ensure that he does not get obese which Labs generally are wont to become.
We launched a new Water Saver solution from Coco Smart Homes this month. We hope that many of you will get it for your homes. It really works. 🙂 Now preparing for a showcase to some parents at a play school this Saturday. Selling your own products is such hard work.
On the clients’ front, work is smooth. I am happy with all the exciting brand collaborations that I continue to do.
Overall, it has been a gratifying month. I can see a clear improvement in my perspective as I stop worrying myself to death about every scenario and focus on immediate goals. I am also much more productive daily. Have been handling work and play rather well this month. So a big pat in the back for myself. As for the challenges, they make us better right! That is how I’d like to look back some day in the future.
How was your May?
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