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Smiling From Year To Year #MicroblogMondays

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Yesterday was Vidur’s 17th birthday. I am blessed to be his Mom. While the cliche that parenting can be a challenge is not untrue, I have to say that children teach us some solid lessons in parenting, even as we strive to nurture them into good human beings.

I must confess that I used to have my own little demons about whether I’d make a good parent, but I learned to take things as they come. My Mom would keep assuring me I’d be a wonderful Mom and advised me to tackle one day at a time. Solid gold advice there, and while the jury will be out for as long as I live to decree how brilliant I am, I can say with confidence that I am certainly enjoying being Mom to my son.

Since he turned 17 – I thought why not set the timer at 3 minutes and see if I could come up with at least 17 things about him. And yay! I did.

He keeps me smiling from year to year!

I am blessed to have a son who…

  1.  Proves on a daily basis that being nice no matter what, is possible
  2. Never forgets to say I love you every day
  3. Even as a toddler, refused to ​let me carry his school bag or other things he had to carry to school – no matter how heavy or large.​
  4. Will never break school rules and will always turn in assignments on time
  5. Is self-motivated about studying and never gives us a chance to remind him or prod him to spend time with his books
  6. Never got hooked to computer games
  7. Has a love for reading and is not enamored with electronic devices
  8. Always has a list of books in his wishlist and reads them as soon as he buys them (hey, that’s a good thing!)
  9. Is focused with everything he does
  10. Has hobbies like sketching, music and reading
  11. Will never yell or raise his voice no matter what
  12. Would never hesitate to share his stuff / food with anyone​
  13. Always remembers to ask us if we’ve slept well, eaten well, had a good day so far  – every single day
  14. Is respectful and kind with everyone he interacts​
  15. Is not fussy about his food​
  16. Appreciates and praises everything we do for him​ and has such a great sense of humor
  17. Is sensitive about our feelings and the way we feel

Yes, we’ve been smiling from year to year! I am happy to admit I often turn to him for advice.

I really wanted to order a cake for his birthday but he would have none of it. I got reactions like “too expensive”,  “no, I’d rather not”.

But…but… imagine a 17th birthday without a cake!

And so I made one. I was up at 6 am to make this rather sinful double layered chocolate truffle cake. I found a really easy recipe on Tarla Dalal’s site.  Turned out pretty well and the look on Vidur’s face when he cut it was priceless. Enough reward in itself. Such a mission-accomplished feeling! And what a pleasure it was to make it.

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Photo by Tarla Dalal

We went out for a leisurely stroll after lunch in our area in the warm sunshine, stopping at our usual haunts – bookshops and some roadside window shopping.

There’s one particular book heaven we love to get lost in. The moment we enter the store, we head off in different directions, making a beeline for our favorite sections. Here, take a look. Eat your heart out, my dearly beloved fellow book lovers!

It is a huge hall with thousands of books mostly categorized – and stacked all over.

This happy sign greets us and pulls us in like a magnet. Rs.50 – is less than a US Dollar, my dears.

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Never want to step out of the place once we get in. Pretty much like Hotel California you know. You can check out any time you like…butchookinnevaleave!

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Always love how we meet so many books we haven’t read….yet

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Where J Krishnamurti rubs shoulders with Richmal Crompton. Oh, I love the Just William series!

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Where there’s something for everyone… prayer books

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Dictionaries – English and foreign languages

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DIY crafters rejoice!

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Children’s books – start them young!

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General Knowledge and reference books

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I was stunned to see “Crisis” by Robin Cook in Marathi!

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Sigh. Finally we had to say au revoir after one last look at this piece of heaven.

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We returned home, pleasantly tired and happy. And definitely smiling.

If you are ever in my part of town, I’ll take you there!

What had you smiling today?

Joining Mel at Stirrup Queen for MicroblogMondays

And Claudya at Unknown Mami for Sundays in my City

They both rock, you know!

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12 Comments

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    Shailaja
    November 24, 2014 at 8:15 pm

    Happy Birthday to Vidur. He has a great mom, no wonder he turned out so well 🙂
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    Kathy @ SMART Living 365.com
    November 24, 2014 at 8:34 pm

    I’m reading this first thing in the morning here in California and your graphic on this post made me smile. Happy Birthday to your son Vidya! Your post was a lovely tribute to him for all the love and happiness he brings you. It sounds like you gave him the very best gift a mother could provide. Happy Birthday Vidur!
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    Josh
    November 24, 2014 at 11:24 pm

    I love book stores like that one. Just give me a place to sit. Happy Birthday to Vidur!

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      Vidya Sury
      November 25, 2014 at 8:57 am

      Oh there are little stuffed pouffes to sit on, Josh. And of course, one can sit on the steps in front of the shop with the sun warming your feet very nicely. Thank you for your kind wishes!
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    Inderpreet Kaur Uppal
    November 24, 2014 at 11:30 pm

    A very happy birthday to vidur. Congratulations to the proud mommy.
    He is a gem of a boy. I loved the idea of 17 thoughts for the 17th birthday.
    I just loved the book shop.
    paradise indeed.

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    Susan Scott
    November 26, 2014 at 3:13 pm

    What a lovely post Vidya thank you and a happy birthday and year for your blessed son! I LOVED the photographs of the bookstore, and that CAKE … Omgoodness … your post has me smiling from ear to ear ..:)
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      Vidya Sury
      November 26, 2014 at 4:02 pm

      Thank you, thank you Susan! How have you been?
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        Susan Scott
        November 26, 2014 at 4:55 pm

        All well thank you Vidya, just ridiculously busy – visitors inter alia – trying so hard to catch up and WIP now demanding much of my attention along with getting more computer savvy!
        More recently my older son Mike came visiting – this was so special! We’ll be seeing both sons over the festive season down at the sea!
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    vishalbheeroo
    November 27, 2014 at 9:13 pm

    Happy birthday to Vidur. You’ve brought him up so well, Vidya and glad to know different facets bout him:)

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    Birgit
    November 28, 2014 at 1:06 am

    You should be proud! He reads and is not into gaming etc…? That is refreshing. I love bookstores so that looks right up my alley. I see many kids who tell off their parents, have a strong sense of entitlement, do drugs, get all the latest gadgets from the very parents they told off and have no sense of respect for family, history or culture. You should be proud and glad you made that delicious cake
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    Kaarina Dillabough
    November 28, 2014 at 6:15 pm

    Ahhhh….books. You know how much I love them! What a wonderful birthday for Vidur: best wishes to him, and as always, to you:) You have a very fine son there Vidya. Cheers! Kaarina
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