Today it is!
Woke up at 7am. Quickly boiled eggs for breakfast, fixed lunch (potato fry with some left over sambar and kootu)
Left home at 8:45am along with Adi to attend the orientation for volunteering at a senior care centre nearby. It was a task to make her get ready by 8:45am on a weekend but no complaints at she at least made it.
It was a lengthy process. I downloaded the application in November but submitted it only on December as we should have taken a TB skin test at recent time. Adi was complaining that I will be the only mother in the whole world to make her daughter take a blood work for volunteering. I hope she understands it all some day but again no complaints as she doesn’t throw a tantrum or totally protest. After processing our application, the centre invited us for a 3 hour orientation today. I loved how they had it all well organized. They gave overview about all safety measures and a tour of the facility. Most seniors were staring at us like aliens as we had the tour walk but one lady repeatedly said how nice it is to see so many people. She said love you all, God bless you all, kissed the coordinator’s hand multiple times and said we all look so beautiful. I could see the twinkle in her eyes and could fit myself in her shoes. That’s probably how I will be in my old age. Yearning for more people around me.
The orientation itself was an overwhelming experience for me, I don’t know how I am going to volunteer there but I am sure I will love it. Looking forward to it. I will get my badge in next few days and then I can walk in anytime to volunteer. This will be the second best thing I will engage myself with in this new neighborhood. First will always be the temple.
Stopped by Kohl’s after the orientation and bought two charming bracelets one for me and one for Adi. It is so rare for us to go for shopping and this is the first time ever we even got a charming bracelet for us. On the way, Adi got a strawberry based cold drink from Starbucks. I just parked and waited in the car while she walked into Starbucks with my card and came back with the drink. I literally treat her like my friend these days and even look up to her at certain occasions. We walked into the cloth store, I was in one corner, she was in another corner, chose what we wanted, met near the billing counter and walked out with the bag. I don’t have to babysit her anymore. She has her choices and these days I go with her preference. I was so happy that she liked the sweater shirt I bought for her as Christmas present. She is now saving that shirt for special occasions and I grin wide 🙂 I digress!!
Came back home, had a satisfying lunch and watched a movie with LHB and myself tugged under the same blanket.
Did my workout in the evening and then the painful session started. While Adi and M were gone for her class, LHB and I setup our sun room for his study session.
Brownies – check
Chocolate biscuits – check
Water – check
Almond bars – check
Bags/Pencil/Eraser – check
Actually, it was a productive session today. He got done more than I expected though we stay put at that spot for almost 2 hours to get it all done. We talked about universe, needy people, India, pooped in between, pee-ed a few times, used timer to get the math problems done, cheated the timer, took a break, ate brownies, danced a bit and got the work done in rest of the time!!!
At the end, I stood up and did a sashtang namaskaram to him saying “It was very nice doing business with you today. Our business hours are closed. See you tomorrow” 😀 😀 Then we did a happy dance together.
P.S: Kids don’t know about this blog yet. He saw me writing my post yesterday and shouted “Akka, this lady is putting our pictures in internet or something. She is doing something with it Akka. Come and see, come and see”. Luckily, Adi ignored him and I changed the topic 🙂
I kept checking my reader to see whether you posted … volunteering in a senior home seems like such a nice idea… your day seemed so productive… we just stayed home and took advantage of the snow 🙂
I started with the draft in the evening and had so many distractions before I could finally hit publish 🙂
Happy volunteering Ani. Adi is all grown up huh?
And LHB lol, glad you got him do the work in two hours.
thank you Tharani.. Kids are growing up so fast.. I understand you are going thru a tough time now but I am sure you will also say this in few years..
Such a funny post !! I totally get the shastang namaskar part. Good to know that you had a great day ! Adi sounds all grown up !
Yup she is all grown up and sometimes I have to process it well before talking to her..
Volunteering seems like such a great thing to do. I get all these amazing ideas from all of you but I dont know why I dont do it 😔 such a great job 👏👏👏
That bit about the studies- ditto ditto, 20mins work takes 2 hours in our home too with a tantrum or 2 thrown in. So I totally get it! Done business with you sounds just like what goes on in my head!😄
Yeah, volunteering is when I feel myself RS.. I hope to get some time out to do this. That is the reason looked for something very close to home.
We did some business today too 😀 😀
Nice ani.. happy volunteering. Good you had a great day.
thank you Lavender
LOL at LHB’s discovery of this space. Am waiting to know when Adi does it, and what she has to say. 😛
Super happy for you, for the feel good day that you had. Happy volunteering. 🙂
I am waiting for that day too 🙂 I think she will just shrug and walk away… let’s see