”I don’t want to get married,” my parents were sick of this rant of mine.
What else did they expect from me?
The independent and carefree “me” rebelled at the very thought of settling down with someone I barely knew, at the very thought of following stereotyped societal norms, at the very thought of not being able to live my life on my terms, at the very thought of making adjustments to make a relationship work.
That was the strongly opinionated, high on my own horse “me”.
And then I met your father.
Its strange, how love can change a person in seconds. The high horse that I was riding on, came to a screeching halt when my path crossed with your dads. The only thing that I wanted to do after that was get married and spend the rest of my life with him. The events and situations that finally led to our marriage , are a story in themselves, one that I would like to share with you both when you are slightly more grown up.
Marriage brought love and companionship, I got a friend for life in your father. We were living the life of our dreams, almost perfect and absolutely blissful, and then you arrived, our first born, Alankrita. For a while, life seemed disheveled, with tumbled schedules, sleepless nights, baby banter and the pressure to do everything right, to be the perfect parent. Like all phases, that too passed, leaving us both a bit more wiser, which made us better parents when your sister and partner in crime, ‘Mannat” was born
The completeness that I feel now, is of a kind that I never knew existed. The joy that you both have brought in our lives cannot be expressed in words. You are like the sunshine that brightens our day and the moonbeams which soothe the deepest of worries.
My babies, my darlings, my heartbeats…this one is for you both!
Sunshine and moonbeams
Only once, do we fall in love,
I thought, to be true, until I laid eyes on you
Just like an angel, you were, from the heavens above
Mesmerized I was, by your innocent hues
How does one fall for someone, they have never met
I only understood, when I hugged you
With a smile on my face, my eyes were all moist and wet
Love in purest form twas, selfless and true
Like a ray of sunshine, you brightened our world
Our darling daughter, our first born
“Alankrita’, with you, umpteen nascent emotions unfurled
You made me a mother, the best tag I have ever worn
Beautiful, inside and out, like your name
Your smile, your essence, enlivens the gloomiest of days
Every moment precious, blissful, since you came
With you, in you, our happiness, our pride, lays
One look at your angelic face in the morning
Makes me forget the woes and worries that life hurls
I wake up, to take all that comes my way with adrenaline swarming
Eclectic like sunshine, you are, our precious pearl
Only once do we fall in love,
Nay, it’s a lie, I fell head over heels, a third time
When, blessings poured again, from the heavens above
One more time, to the tunes of your coos, my heart did chime
Just when I thought, I couldn’t love any other child
There you were, our little monster, stealing our hearts away
Ma, pa and didi’s imp, we drooled everytime you smiled
In the breeze of your babbles, we all did sway
You soothed our days like the ebony moonbeams
First borns are pampered, but you made us do it all again
“Mannat”, with you, life is like a series of happy dreams
The star of our skies, with ease, on our hearts, you do reign
Sprinkled like moondust, in the house, are your squeals and chatter
Never is a moment dull, with you by our side
Your well being and happiness, is all that does matter
The light of our lives, our hearts gleam from inside
One day, you both will grow wings and fly away
One day, you both will outgrow my lap and chase your dreams
That day, I will be there, to guide you from going astray
That day, I will be there, in spirit and stand by you by all means
Come what may, never give up on what makes you happy
Believe in yourself, and you will achieve whatever you desire
Never let the flame inside you, burn away and go sappy
Soar away, roar away, and you can conquer the world, entire