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by Vidya Sury April 8, 2015 9 comments
Grow Vidya Sury

Dear Vidur

I begin this letter today with gratitude – I appreciate it very much when you tell me you enjoyed the day’s letter to you. It fills me with happiness and a sense of accomplishment. The word for today just jumped out at me:


This applies to everyone, every day. We don’t just grow physically; we also experience personal growth. We grow into things, we grow out of situations. How apt this word is, at this particular time in our lives! I am marveling at the time gone by, as I’ve watched you grow from that little toddler getting ready to go to playschool, then kindergarten and then, Grade 1. I hug the memory of the day you first wore your school uniform.

Grow Vidya Sury

I cried when I let your little hand go as you sedately walked into your class-room. I wonder if you remember how your Grandma and I would hang around the school playground to pick you up again, since you had half-working days for the first couple of weeks before summer vacation began – which meant only a couple of hours. It was this time that year, April 2003. I have such fond memories of you, in the following years, refusing to leave school even after most of the children had gone home because you loved playing there with your friends.

As the years have passed, we watched you grow into someone who is loved by your classmates and teachers alike. I want you to know that I am proud of you for conducting yourself with calm during times that were less than perfect. My heart bursts with love when I think of how you stayed committed with activities you did not really enjoy because you thought quitting was wrong.

Grow Vidya Sury

Today, as you stand tall, you probably understand by now that growth involves risk – and almost always begins at the end of your comfort zone. It means facing your fears and never being afraid to try something for the first time. Mistakes can be fun, you know! I remember being so apprehensive – when you had that accident as a 1st grader and broke your collar bone while playing at the slippery slide.  You had to take a month off from school. We thought you would be afraid of getting back on that slide. But you stunned us by heading for it at soon as you saw it, even with your arm in a sling! We admired you then, for not letting fear come in the way of your happiness.

At this point when you are uncertain about what’s next, being nervous is normal. But you know what? You have the inner strength and courage to excel. You’ve always been self-motivated and it only took a gentle nudge from us to urge you take that extra step. Know that your sincerity will take you a long way. Never lose your sense of curiosity as you explore and attempt new things.

Approach everything you do with a positive frame of mind. Be aware of your strengths and values and leverage them to help you grow.

Know yourself, grow yourself

Begin your day with focus and determination. If you do not achieve an expected outcome, take the learning and experience and use them as stepping stones to grow. Persistence will take you to your goal.

“I have not failed. I have just found 10,000 ways that don’t work!” Thomas Alva Edison

Develop a sense of accountability to yourself and those you care about – this will help you stay focused. Personal growth is a beautiful process – enjoy it, enjoy the journey.

Above all, grow with love and gratitude.

All good things await you. Embrace them. Don’t forget to celebrate the little victories!

Love and Hugs, Blessed to be your Mom

A to Z Challenge 2015

G for Grow

G for Glycemic Index at Life Hacks for Diabetics

G for Gratitude at Life Hacks for Happiness


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Shantala April 9, 2015 at 1:38 am

Beautiful Pics, Vidya. I am at that phase where I have to send my son off to preschool in 2 months and the mere thought saddens me. He was all mine and protected and watched by me all day. Now, I will have to send him off to school for a good portion of the day. It is really silly and saying it aloud sounds sillier. I can completely visualize myself hanging around his school grounds during the initial days. 😛
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Vidya Sury April 9, 2015 at 10:39 am

Awww hugs, Shantala. What helped me handle that time when he started school was the fact he loved it so much. Also, encouraging him to share what happened while he was away was such fun. The craziest thing is that illusion of suddenly having a lot of time on your hands which magically evaporates when you snap out of it. 🙂 I am sure your son will help you ease through the process!
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Shailaja April 9, 2015 at 12:41 pm

Aww, isn’t that the cutest pic of baby Vidur? 😀 So cute and chubby! And ahem, I like the accessories in the second picture that madame is sporting. I am enjoying this series of letters, Vidya. I am lagging in my commenting, sorry about that. Sudden spurt of work. Sigh. Vidur, you have truly grown, thanks to the love of your family and your friends. May you keep growing in love, compassion and empathy all life long. Blessings.
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MumNDadDiary April 9, 2015 at 1:18 pm

In this journey of personal growth , focus and gratitude will surely take us a long way…And what’s even better is for your son, these letters will provide that extra nudge and offer solutions in times of doubt… Wonderful letter…
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marie April 9, 2015 at 8:14 pm

It feels good to read you Vidya. It feels like you’re talking to me, like a mum would do, encouraging me, giving me strenght. How sweet little Vidur. This first day is never an easy one for parents. But watching our little ones growing is such a wonderful experience!
Thank you and stay well always
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Darla M Sands April 9, 2015 at 10:27 pm

Wonderful photos! What a joyous post. The world is a richer place for having you and Vidur in it.


Oh, and it looks like I’m number 1307 on the A to Z blog list today (I understand we’re supposed to share that in comments ~grin~).
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Vidya Sury April 9, 2015 at 10:30 pm

🙂 Thanks Darla! Hugs!

Yes – those numbers will change because we’re constantly checking our assigned numbers to ensure only actual participants are on the list! And I am so glad you are here!
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simple girl April 10, 2015 at 11:05 am

I am loving this letter series of yours and specially this one… 🙂
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Found In Folsom April 18, 2015 at 12:05 am

Such a chubby cute little kid he looks 🙂 and how kids grow with the tiny beards and all that…what is his reaction to each letter, Vidya? you know, I would love to meet your wonderful son one day and you too.


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