Oh, the places you’ll go!
Happy birthday to the most awesome boy I know!!
You are 7 today my darling beta and we can hardly believe it. We love how feisty, kind, brave, funny and nerdy you are and have the biggest heart. We are so very lucky to be your parents!
You were most patient while we stumbled along the road to parenthood. It has definitely been a learning curve, lots of trials and errors and despite us never being sure of ourselves, your look of adoration and blind trust got us through. It did help that you didn’t have any choice in that regard. 😉
You have challenged us in ways we never thought was possible and have definitely helped us grow into better human beings. Specially when you tell me to calm down when I’m on the verge of losing my patience countless times in the day.
Most importantly, you have taught us how to deal calmly with unreasonable people, big or small; your toddler years have been proof of that.
- At 3 years of age your insistence to wear your jammies to preschool to which no amount of reasoning or cajoling on my part could convince you otherwise.
2. At 3, dressed as a superman at 12 am. Me: “It’s late, let’s go to sleep.” You indignantly: “Superman doesn’t sleep!” I could not argue with that.
3. At 4, I cannot forget your huge tantrum on why we picked you up from school in the car instead of letting you go in the school bus. No amount of reasoning helped but we did get out of that one by bringing Biryani to the negotiating table.
4. In April 2015, I took you for your first movie experience and this is how we went: Tickets: 35 aed Popcorn: 35 aed. Your insistence that you’re a boy and the look on faces of those poor men when I had to run after you in the men’s restroom: Priceless
I might need therapy to get over that one.
5. At 5, got you a cycle and took you down. A: I don’t like cycling. Me: So don’t do it. A: No, but I want to!
6. At 5, Me: A, it’s my birthday today! A: I don’t go to girls’ birthdays.
7. Dinosaur obsession time. Me: “A, Baba & I got married 9 years ago today.” A: Wow that’s a long time ago, did you guys see any fossils?”
8. At 6 you got your obsession of science and solar system and have been consistently going around telling everyone that you want to be a scientist. I hope you can be whatever you want to be. The fact that you’re ready to lecture all and sundry on above topics bodes well for your future, can’t say much about the people on the receiving end of your lectures though. Your eagerness to impart knowledge is not always met with the same enthusiasm.
9. My favorite moment with you so far has been at 6 when you prayed for a baby sister and had even thought of a name for her!
10. When M explained to you that you always have to listen to me because heaven lies under mother’s feet. The entire next week you called me “Feet of heaven”
11. When our goldfish died and you insisted on examining it with a magnifying glass because “I have to explore mama!” No amount of cringing on my part made a difference. And then you flushed it and prayed, “Allah Mia, please help the sharks to get this food.” Because you know, someone has to look out for those poor sharks out there too.
12. Oh and yesterday at a store, you went up to a woman and asked “Hey, where are you from? What’s your name?” The poor woman told you the details and when she asked you the same you said, “I’m sorry I cannot tell you that, you’re a stranger and I have to be cyber smart!”
13. At 7, your newest fad is Captain Underpants. You have been inspired to write your own comic book because of it and the other day when you came to me and said so matter of factly, “Let’s go give this to Borders so they can sell this Mama”
I did not have the heart to explain the publishing world to you. At the tender age of 7, your simplistic world view is so endearing. I love the amount of inquisitiveness and marvel you have tinged with naïvety. Even though you’ll come to know the real world soon enough, I hope and pray may you never lose your wonder.
May curiosity and wonder always fill your beautiful mind, empathy and kindness your big heart.
On this momentous occasion, I write this in the hope that you can read it in future (or today) and enjoy it as much as we have enjoyed these moments with you.
Today is your day.
You’re off to Great Places!
You’re off and away!
You have brains in your head.
You have feet in your shoes.
You can steer yourself
any direction you choose.
You’re on your own. And you know what you know.
And YOU are the guy who’ll decide where to go.