My Gratitude List

Certain days are not truly ours. I get up with a severe migraine only to know that my maid who helps me with the daily chores has decided to take her day off. Migraines and maids are an integral part of my life now!!  As I get into the kitchen and look out to start my day, I find that I am totally out of stock for the veggies. I lost the total control of the day and was completely down for a moment.

After calming myself with a hot cup of tea, I understood that only way to get out of the mess was to relax,  and count my blessings. That is a usual practice I follow which makes me instantly feel much better. I think of the people who are lesser privileged than me and feel grateful for the blessings I have in this life.

Since, it is the time of the month to join the “Gratitude Circle”, I have jotted down a partial list of things I am grateful for in no particular order.

My MIL: I am very proud to say that I have a one-in-a-zillion Mother-in-law who understands me completely and supports me at all levels. I have fallen in love with her attitude ever since I got married and feel really grateful for having got a chance to live with a super human like her.

My Maid: Thanks to my maid, without whom it would have been impossible for me to be balancing in between my work and family.

Mangoes: Mangoes are just incredible. Thanks to an Organic store near to my house, this year I had the real taste of mangoes. Yummy!! Yummy!! Yummy. If ever, this fruit was available all throughout the year, I would reserve one point for this fruit in every post of mine :p

Magicpot magazine: This is a kid’s magazine I subscribed for Dheer and he thoroughly enjoys reading Lutapi and Mayavi stories, coloring the pictures and loves to see through the book though he cannot read much. This has become our bed-time ritual to read, re-read, re-re-read the same story again and again.

And the list goes on… Let me collate it and come back to you next month!!

Hey, did you notice, that all the points started with the letter “M”, it was something inadvertent and I noticed it only when I finish this post.

Gratitude-Circle-e1417422088249Linking it to The Gratitude Circle BlogHop and Day 4 of the Write Tribe Festival of Words #4

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Blissful it was….Memories that last….

My grey cells have been enjoying their summer vacation, a rather extended one as I have been away from blogging for some time. Now that I try to come back, void thoughts surround me. What do I write about?

Talking about summer vacation, I decided it is the time to write a reminiscent post. One which brings back the memories of my childhood and I am sure most of you will relate to this.

We lived in a colony which consisted of 8 blocks with 6 flats in each block. Then, it was called a colony, these days such flats are called a gated communities. We were a group, or rather I am fond of calling it a nasty gang of 20 kids, all of us more or less of the same age. In those days, our major games included Current-Shock, Nela-Banda, Thokkudu-Billa, Antakshari, 10-20 etc etc. Please excuse me for using colloquial names, I really do not know if these games had some universal names.

The best part of our summers was during the power cuts in the evenings. During those days, unlike today none of the houses had inverters and so invariably everyone was forced to come out during the scheduled power cut to breathe some fresh air. Mommies  would finish cooking, daddies would finish reading newspapers and children would await the power cut to have some colony-time.

Usually, the power shut down was in between 7:00 P.M to 8:00 P.M when it was considerably dark. The time was used to conduct silly movie quizzes to compete in antaksharies to gossips about happening couples in the colony. We all competed with each other, cheated each other, cursed each other but ultimately when the power was resumed, welcomed it with a big “Uuuuuu!!!!!” shout.

This reminds me of a prank we played on our Milkman once. He usually came in the night for delivering the milk. One day, the nasty gang decided to play the “Ghost Game” with him. During the power cut, the corridor would be pitch dark and he had to walk through that area. One fine day, we meticulously planned the entire plot to play the prank. We hung a thick thread with small fire on both the sides over a nail in this dark area.From a distance, it looked like two scary eyes with no proper body shape. That unfortunate day, the milkman came through in his usual way and was terrified to look at the  fire which resembled eyes. We all have cleverly hidden behind a wall and also added the scary effects by making some special sounds in the back ground. The milkman was horrified to see the fire and ran back in fear to save himself. Though I now feel sorry for the milkman as I write this, it was a moment of joy, a fun filled moment.

As soon as we were successful in scaring him, we all celebrated the moment of joy with a clap and loud laughter’s. We later confessed to the guy about the prank and pleaded his pardon.

As kids, we never knew what jealousy was, what expectations were, what miseries were, what life was all about. All we knew was to have fun and share the moment. I soo wish the wheel turns back and I get back to my childhood days.

I am sure you all had many such summer vacation memories, don’t you?

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Linking this to Write Tribe Festival of Words #4 Day 1