In the midst of all the mundane and monotonous routines,
children bring laughter back into fashion.
When I am with my daughter, it feels like half my day is
spent in calling out instructions, repeating warnings to keep her safe,
watching over her as she plays and hoping she doesn’t hurt herself.
But, there are pockets of time during the day when I just
sit back and watch her clowning around. It’s so energising and relaxing at the
same time, if that makes any sense. The fact that she can be herself, kidding,
pulling my leg, making funny faces, mimicking others, is such a positive
influence and just the tonic I need.
This became such an integral part of her growing up that
something surprising happened along the way. I turned into this goofy mom every
Day in and day out, we indulge in a comic routine at the
crack of dawn.
I waltz into her room, tickle her a bit until she opens her
eyes, pretend to swat some imaginary mosquitoes hovering over her head and make
a face of mock horror that she is still asleep when all the pigeons are awake
and waiting to be fed.
Once the bedcovers are off, I strut around and challenge her
to a race to the washroom. We both start on the count of three, where she gets
the tiniest head start ( SHH! Don’t tell her that) and then I sit in dejected
mode, since she manages to win every single time!
Next, it’s time for the nonsense song, the lyrics to which
change every day (I have a hard time remembering everything else, so you’ll
have to excuse this lapse ;). I have to ensure that there are a lot of raised
eyebrows and widened eyes thrown in for good measure and hey, if I forget the
words, Gy is ready to supply her version!
Don't judge me, but if you wake up at 5 am, every morning, and you need to
rouse the child at 6, you’d do everything to make it more fun too ;)
Do you know what makes the whole exercise worth it? She
hugs me, looks into my eyes, plants a couple of kisses on the cheek and says, ‘You
are so funny in the mornings’.
And, ladies and gentlemen, if that’s what I get to hear
every day, then I can do this for a very long time indeed.
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Labels: #NaBloPoMo, comic, FUN, laughter, parenting