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How Do You Spell Love?

how do you spell love

Auntieeeeeee! she screeches.

Hi!, I say

Auntie! she says, catching her breath. Why do little kids always run with their heavy school bags?

Mmmm.! I answer in a sing song tune.

See my magic eraser (she holds up a triangle shaped yellow eraser with a smiley.)

Wow! Why is it magic?, I ask, curious.

See, Auntie, it has a face. It smiles, she says, proudly.

You’re right! So cute!, I say, amused.

Auntie! Do you want to smell it?, she asks.

Ummmm….I say, and before I have a chance to make a choice, she reaches up and sticks it right under my nose. Involuntarily, my nose twitches in response to that mixture of school smells on the eraser.

Nice, no? she asks.

I laugh.

I  ate chips. See (she shows crumbs from pocket)

I laugh. “What about me”, I ask

Take auntie! (gives me the crumbs from pocket even as they fall off her spread fingers)

Thank you! I say, pretending to take from her hand and munching.

Welcome auntie. she says.

Auntie! she yells.

Yes? I ask

See my bag, she says

Very nice. What color is it? I ask .

Red!, she says.

Very pretty. Didn’t you carry your lunch bag today?, I ask

No auntie, she says, sad-faced.

Why dear? I ask

Because my lunch box is inside my bag, she says, with a peal of laughter.

Ah, fooled me there!

I grin. Then she says, I drank water.

Good girl! I say.

I am going home, auntie, she says.

Bye, bye. See you tomorrow, I say.

This second grader is someone I see often. Wherever she sees me, she recognizes me, just because I helped her tie a friendship band on her wrist one day.

The next day, she ran into me, literally and laughed. She held up two lunch bags, and said she had forgotten her bag the previous day in school and was taking it back home today. So she had four bags. How? I ask. Because I can only count three – her school backpack plus two lunch bags. But she counts four – her two lunch bags plus the left shoulder and right shoulder, where her backpack straps rest. So hilarious.

The third day, she just came and hugged me and held up a string, asking me to tie it on her wrist. I did. And she walked away happily.

The fourth day, she walked down the path and just stopped where I stood, and smiled up at me. “Are you reading a story book?” she asked, and I said yes. “Is it nice?” she asked. Yes, I answered. “Will you tell me the story when you finish reading”, she asked.  “Sure,” I said.

And now, on days when I don’t see her, I get all worked up. This little girl is only one of the little friends I’ve made who brighten up my day.

how do you spell love

There’s a little 5-year old boy I meet at the bus stop when I go out at a particular time – it is when he goes back from school. If there’s waiting involved for the bus to arrive, this boy delights in running a few steps ahead and then running right back and bumping into me. I realized I had once pretended to catch him as he ran back, as his Mom watched, amused.  So it is a game we play, now. He’ll come running and avoiding me, run right past into his Mom’s arms.

I love how children make friends, just like that. Age , status, looks – none of these matter. All that matters is love and affection, a cheerful smile to make those little human flowers bloom, shed their inhibitions and make your day and make life look like a garden. No fear, no anxiety. They never beat themselves up over petty stuff.

Here are some other things that brightened my day.

I walked to the bus stop to see this dog basking in the sun. Happy fellow. Click the pic to see a slideshow. Then click anywhere on your screen to return to this post.

(I am proud to link to Sundays in my city, my favorite meme at Unknown Mami’s. Let’s travel the world together, she says. And I love traveling with her!)

Tell me, How do you spell love?

What makes you smile?

how do you spell love

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    My Inner Chick
    October 6, 2013 at 10:52 pm

    I love how “A dog basking in the sun” makes you happy.

    You make me happy, Vidya.

    I feel a deep love for you from afar.

    Love you more than doggies basking in the Indian Sun.
    Xxx
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    Kalpana Solsi
    October 7, 2013 at 12:21 am

    Little things in life when looked back give us happiness. Loved your post , Vidyaji.

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    Leovi
    October 7, 2013 at 12:33 am

    Yes, lovely post, I love the hand out love!
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    Proactive Indian
    October 7, 2013 at 7:26 am

    I’ve always marvelled at and loved the way kids make friends instantaneously. It’s sad that, with child abuse rampant, it’s necessary for parents to caution their children against trusting others. Even more unfortunate is the fact that some parents ensure that their children stop trusting everybody other than their parents.
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    obsessivemom
    October 7, 2013 at 9:09 am

    Loved that quote… and your post too. Like the quote – it’s the little things in your post that make it a wonderful read – like this one – ‘school smells on the eraser’.. Lovely.

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      Vidya Sury
      October 10, 2013 at 10:50 pm

      Thank you, Tulika. Little things invariably bring more joy and instant gratification. Like the extra froth on the coffee 😀

      School smells are very distinct. 😀
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    Rahul
    October 7, 2013 at 9:11 am

    You sure have fallen in good company, Vidya:) Beautiful post!!

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    Jairam Mohan
    October 7, 2013 at 10:32 am

    Both the incidents with the kids just go to highlight the fact that the innocence and joy that kids bring to this world is amazing. If only we all retained some of this innocence as we grew up the world would not be such a big bad place after all, would it.
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      Vidya Sury
      October 10, 2013 at 10:52 pm

      Correct, Jairam. I always marvel at their zest for life. Somehow, as most people grow up, the only “child” their retain in themselves is the whiny part. 😀 Thank you for your comment, you master of mythology!
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    BLOGitse
    October 7, 2013 at 4:53 pm

    Love, just a word but if we can feel it, oh boy!
    I can feel love every day – I can feel my hubby loves me. And I love him.
    Love is in the air………..
    Have a great week!
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    Joy
    October 7, 2013 at 6:48 pm

    I *love* this – I literally smiled the entire way through! And, I hope we remember to allow our inner child the space and time to experience the carefree joy that this little one in your first example so clearly has and shares!
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    Suzie Cheel
    October 8, 2013 at 4:49 am

    This is magical, thank you. love the quote and I spell love wirh rainbows that bring blessing
    Namaste
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    Betsy/Zen Mama
    October 8, 2013 at 9:21 am

    A wonderful story about the children in your life!! And as always… love the pictures..

    PS I spell love F-A-M-I-L-Y!
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      Vidya Sury
      October 10, 2013 at 10:53 pm

      Thank you, Betsy. One of my spellings for Love is Family too! You enjoy a garden of children every day! 😀
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    Gita sharma
    October 8, 2013 at 12:11 pm

    hai
    I had a dog timmy we lost him in may this year,Just yesterday while I was doing Aarti I was thinking of him,he wouuld come religiously and sit throthe aarti and then go on his fours to do a shashtanga namaskarm,last year he was unable to stand through the full aarti but he was trying ,with a little grunt asking me to make it fast.such memory reitirates that love a blissful love with no expectations touches you.there were so many who never liked dogs but they became fond of him he had a knack of giving love attention so over time they all grew fond of him and miss him even today and those who are visiting me for navratri after last year ask for him & when I tell them a little moisture swells in their eyes .this guy with not a word gave & got love of so many.
    As usual your stories touch a chord in me either of my own mom who was so giving and careing.Our house also like you said was like a guest house for all relatives & friends relatives of relatives and friends of friends also for all kalasagaram & SICA performers,for all the madi mammies and patties whose daughters or daughters in law were admitted in rly hospital for delivery & they were the attendants for so many villagers and their wards who came here for medical care.our house always had food & food & hospitality,that even today both my brothers and my house has been always open,students stay over for their entrance exams/ prep etc. my mother always taught us that anna dhanam is the best of all it is that in this giving alone the receiver is quenched to the brim and leaves with full satisfaction all other giving may yet leave a little yearning behind even love!! so we go luv and hugs till you say its enough for now so long gita

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      Vidya Sury
      October 10, 2013 at 10:58 pm

      Gita, I understand. 🙂 Somehow, I feel that we’re well cared for thanks to all that our family did for others. Timmy reminds me of my neighbor’s dog, who went by the same name. Such a darling he was. I especialy remember how the little kids in the area colored him during Holi and the mauve shade just wouldn’t wash off – so he looked a very charming furry creamy mauve.

      Hugs. Did you get my email saying my post about you won the runner up? 😀
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    Gita sharma
    October 8, 2013 at 12:14 pm

    love is that touch that look that shares it all no spelling or spell checks
    love
    gita

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    Aparna
    October 8, 2013 at 12:20 pm

    I experience love when my kids run behind me all the time when I am at home

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    Ashima Sachdeva
    October 8, 2013 at 1:24 pm

    Lovely :*

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    Corinne Rodrigues
    October 8, 2013 at 4:01 pm

    An absolutely delightful post, Vidya! I could imagine those two little kids and the interactions. Uncomplicated, full of joy and with no preconceived notions of what people should or shouldn’t be – the love of the ‘small things’ is precious!
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    Sheethal Susan Jacob
    October 8, 2013 at 4:13 pm

    That was a magical post. Children just makes our day so delightful 🙂
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    richa singh
    October 8, 2013 at 4:19 pm

    Reading the post reminded me so much of my own childhood. This is how I used to be as a kid. Full of love and joy, life makes us so different it seems. perhaps we are all born the same. I too have these little kids in the society with whom I enjoy more than with their moms gossiping… A ‘love’ly post
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      Vidya Sury
      October 10, 2013 at 11:34 pm

      I can imagine, Richa 😀 We are born equal. Then we start differentiating, changing and letting life influence us. 😀
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    Meena Menon
    October 8, 2013 at 4:22 pm

    Haa the energy your post bought in Vidya! Loved it
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    Jodi @ Heal Now
    October 8, 2013 at 5:22 pm

    I spell love K-I-N-D!
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      Vidya Sury
      October 10, 2013 at 11:35 pm

      That’s a beautiful manifestation of love, Jodi! Thank you!
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    Nischala
    October 8, 2013 at 7:59 pm

    Vidya – Such a lovely post. It is indeed the small things in life which actually make all the difference! Loved the pictures too! And I think we should all have *FRIENDS* who are 20 years younger than us, and 20 years older than us. Does wonders to our life perspective! Nischala
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      Vidya Sury
      October 10, 2013 at 11:51 pm

      Thank you Nischala! Ah, I follow that policy of the 20 years younger and older as friends. In fact, I get along very well with children and the elderly. 😀 It is learning on a daily basis in the most enjoyable way! Thank you for your comment!
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    Kathy
    October 8, 2013 at 8:37 pm

    Children are so uninhibited and full of joy!! What a ray of sunshine! ♥
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    vanita
    October 8, 2013 at 8:46 pm

    damian’s lunch bag has a strap and can hang across his chest on his hip. one day i didn’t see it when i picked him up. I asked where it was. he said he did not know. i asked if it were in his bag. he said no. silly me did not check the bag. instead i asked the teacher and she had to go back up to the classroom to search for it and then we checked the playground because they go there after lunch. and then i came home thinking crap the bag cost $15, have to buy another, what will damian take his lunch in tomorrow. and then i open the school bag to get the homework and there’s the lunchbox. i wish he had extras like your little friend. kids are too much fun at this age. loved hearing your stories sis. and these pics are awesome as always.
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      Vidya Sury
      October 10, 2013 at 11:48 pm

      That Damian…. Hugs! So sweet. I remember Vidur once lost a raincoat in school..when he was in the second grade. He was so upset. It had little baby animals printed all over it and was rather expensive. But that’s not what bothered him. He was sad he never got to use it – we had just bought it and someone just flicked it from his bag. 😀

      Kids are delightful as they grow up. Hugs!
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    Sugandha
    October 8, 2013 at 10:10 pm

    Your story about the little girl and pictures made me happy too.

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    Shilpa Garg
    October 8, 2013 at 11:23 pm

    LOVED LOVED LOVED this post, Vidya! I had a big smile plastered on my face as I read this post! I can imagine the joy and smiles these children gave you with their chatter and actions! Love that quote too 🙂
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      Vidya Sury
      October 10, 2013 at 11:36 pm

      I always feel fortunate, Shilpa, that children and I are drawn to each other. I love to observe them and chat with them!
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    Claudya
    October 9, 2013 at 1:30 am

    Aww, I’m sitting in a café and this got me all teary-eyed. My mother always impresses me by the number of young friends that she has. They nock on her door and bring her gifts. Once a bunch of them came in with a dog and left dog poop in the living room. My mom didn’t like that gift so much.

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      Vidya Sury
      October 9, 2013 at 10:03 am

      Tell me about it! Substitute the dog poop with baby poop and .. well. Hugs! I’d rather have the poop and pee than not have the kids 😀

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    Galen Pearl
    October 9, 2013 at 2:02 am

    How perfect. Loved the stories of children and how open they are to connection. And how imaginative they are! My two year old grandson invites me to play a game of go to sleep (covering his fact with a towel and having me sing a lullaby) and wake up (jumping up as I shout good morning). He can do this many many times, each time laughing like it is the most fun thing in the world. And at that moment, it is.
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      Vidya Sury
      October 10, 2013 at 11:38 pm

      Oh Galen, even today, my son, who is too old to play that game laughs his head off after responding involuntarily! Yes – I love how they can keep playing it infinitely! Thank you for commenting. Hugs!
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    Deeps
    October 9, 2013 at 10:59 am

    That’s such a beautiful and happy post, Vidya! Children are the purest forms of love..

    Loved your post!

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    richmiraclefiles
    October 9, 2013 at 4:52 pm

    Hi Vidya
    I love that quote “enjoy the little things for one day you may realise they are the big things.Thats why they say “God lies in the details”.
    That is also the reason why the story of your past is important.The story of your past should be a saga of happiness,accomplishments,sweet moments,loving moments,self love,peace, poise,nobility,strength and a lot of good will given to others.The story of your past certainly does need to exclude the unnecessary bitterness,the sour tastes,the crudities,the guilt,the regrets,the fears,the mistakes made by others,and yourself.The story of your past can become worthwhile to you when you place some learning value on it,some thing to smile about and feel happy about.
    “Sometimes you will never know the true value of a moment until it becomes a memory”.
    Thanks
    Mona

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      Vidya Sury
      October 10, 2013 at 11:44 pm

      Mona, I absolutely agree about the past being with us. In fact, I am convinced I’ve developed many values from negative experiences as much as positive ones. After all, we also learn what not to do as we learn what is good. Reminds me of the Dr.Seuss quote – smile because it happened. 🙂 Thank you, Mona. I always value your input!
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    Aditi
    October 9, 2013 at 5:37 pm

    Love how kids can put a smile on your face ..no matter what! We certainly should learn from these little joyous beings…lovely post!
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    Vishnu
    October 14, 2013 at 3:56 am

    Hi Vidya, enjoyed the story about the two kids because they are a reminder of who we are in our essence before society and ego gets a hold of us:) We are filled with care-free love, confidence,friendship and seizing the day.

    Love the photos as always. The photos are a re minder to me to look around everyday and just observe the many nice things around me which I tend to take for granted.
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