It is first day of school today. The older is stepping into 10th grade (they call it Sophomore year) and the younger is stepping into 1st grade. I am working from home today and the home is so quiet and empty.
This summer, we didn’t do anything fancy. Kids just stayed home with grandparents and the four of them being at home all the time kept the home fully alive. There is always something going on
LHB’s summer at a glance:
Ammachi (that is how kids call Amma), did you see the TV remote?
Thatha, thanni venum (can you get me some water?)
Ammachiiiii, don’t use the mixer now. I can’t hear anything from the TV!!!
Thatha, its bad to watch laptop in the morning. Close it NOW!
Ammachi, paal (can you get me some milk?)
Guys, who is working from home tomorrow?
Ammachi, dish washer clean-a? (when he wants to grab a cup for water or a bowl)
Ammachi, can you switch off the cooker? It’s disturbing!!!
Ammachi, innikku diiner-ku enna panareenga (what are you cooking for dinner tonight?)
M have installed wireless plugs in main rooms to control the power via phone. He has set a schedule to turn off family room by 9pm and it needs to be manually turned on the next day. This is how LHB demands to turn it ON next day as TV is in family room
Appppaaaa, turn on the TV NOW, or else I am going to eat you!!!
LHB calls me while I am at work in middle of a call and goes on and on and on about how Thatha is not behaving, how he litters and how he sneezes without a tissue!! He starts “Ammmaaa can you hear me? You know what Amma, you know, Thathaaa…..”
He will visit basement office room at least 10 times in a day when one of us WFH. I have trained him to whisper or make gestures to ask if I am in a call and if I am on mute before he starts talking. The way he does that is uber cute.
He would have called out for more Ammachi and Thatha than Appa and Amma in this summer and that is exactly how I have dreamed summer to be for my children. If not all summer, at least one was made possible. I am a happy bean (Oh Adi is into this phase to call everything a bean and I am an influenced mother)
In the last two weeks, he made friends with the high school boys living next door and started messaging them using iPad inviting them to play. They had few play sessions shuttling between the homes and jumping in trampolines. Adi was astonished as she was so hesitant to even say a Hi while this guy was rocking the show 🙂
Today is many first for LHB:
- First day going in school bus all by himself
- First day taking home packed lunch (I hope he handles the dabba well). We practiced opening and closing the dabba a few times at home but still I am nervous
- First day going to public school system
Its new school for both of them and they have to build everything from scratch! It sucks! Hope they will have a wonderful school year.
Why do I yearn for alone time when they are around and miss them terribly when they are not around? Can’t wait for them to come home and share all stories.