Dark times like these, when everywhere you look, there are people sick, dying or scared of dying.
The human race is facing something which has never been seen or experienced ever before.
We have been asked to stay inside the four walls of our homes. In the comfort of our house with our family. Why can’t we just follow that?!
Wear masks. Don’t leave your house unless necessary. Why cannot we contemplate the gravity of the situation still?!
We all need to look at it in a positive way. Stay with your family and loved ones. That is all which will keep you and them safe. Spend time with them. Life has given us an opportunity to stay with our family. Leave the rush hours of the daily mundane activities and do what you love. Find a new hobby. Carry on your old one. Read those books which are carrying dust on the shelf. Write that book which you had in mind long ago. Cook for your family. Play fort with the kids. Spend time with your parents and not with your friends outside.
Take a cup of positivity in this situation and savor it. Stay safe and healthy. Keep others safe and healthy.
It happens gradually.
It is happening right now.
Pushing me unknowingly,
My steps tredding slowly.
The abyss I enter,
This relm unknown.
I was trying to give warmth,
The cold wind around me unfolds.
Step by step,
I am trying to give love,
In turn I am drowning in despair.
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She is soft,
with the heart a big as the ocean.
Yet, when scorned,
her wrath can put volcanos into motion!
A woman so brave,
she loves, she nurtures.
A woman so brave,
she sacrifices, she suffers.
She is fire and she is ice,
the words fall short,
no locutions can suffice!
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2020 went in a way no one could even fathom! Now, in 2021, people have either let go the fear and stepped out or embraced the fear and stepped out. Either way, people are now out and about!!
With two kids of ages 1 and 3.5, my husband and I finally stepped out for a 7 hour long road trip from Delhi to Jaipur. Oh the preparations. Sanatizers, sprays, dettol wipes, food, clotthes, water, masks, more masks, extra clothes(kids need atleast 5-7 extra pairs always) and the list went on.
It was scary but it was also a welcome change. My younger one had never been on a road trip. An entirely new experience for him. My elder one, my girl, couldn’t be more happy. She was holed up in the house due to the locldown like everyone else on our planet and the fresh air lifted her spirits considerably. Her joy was so pure and warm.
The city of Jaipur, India was as always, beautiful and welcoming. But visiting places in the summer heat, with kids, with masks, with sanatizers and the constant fear of contamination held us back from exploring like we would have otherwise. We visited the City Palace, Jaipur, but left soon due to the imcreasing crowd. But the little we saw turned into beautiful memories with our kids. Some, which we will look back on and relish.
Kids want to run and fall and run again. Due to covid fear, running and falling makes parents go crazy with sanatizers and soaps and wipes. So we ended up leaving the crowded places.
Overall, our trip was wonderful. Singing in the car, playing, napping, enjoying the hotel rooms, room service, the tourist places and the food. Finally, back home, confined to the safety of our home, I look back and feel proud that we overcame the fear and stepped out with caution and came back home safely with the kids. But throughout, we always had masks on, sanatizers ready and always maintained distance everywhere.
Always be safe. Maintain distance. Wear a mask. Stay safe.
I am a mother. I am a daughter. I am a wife. I am a daughter in law. I am a friend. I am a student. I am an aunt.
So many roles. Proud to encompass them all in me. Life goes on while playing all of the above mentioned roles. Always keep one role anove the other, prioritizing one anove the other.
One day, knackered and dazed, i sat wondering, where am I in all these roles? What do I do for myself?
I agree that being a mother is fulfilling. Being a wife is a lovely feeling. But, admist all this, where am I?? What do I do for my role? What about some self-love?
This year, 2021, I make a resolution to love myself, take care of myself. Keep myself in the list of roles that I play. At times, prioritize myself at times.
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Copyright- Monika Bharti 2020
Early morning, or is it still night? Siting upright with the baby in her arms. Mommy yawns and moves her shoulders, which indicate an ache in her muscles. Baby jerks in his sleep, and mommy starts to rock him again. He hasn’t slept well because he is unwell. Just normal winter flu, cold, sneezing and the likes. But he has been uneasy, hence sleeping in her arms all night.
He lays still. Sleeping. Phew!!
Mommy tries to put him down but he makes a frown and she picks him up again in her arms where he instantly goes in his slumber again. What is the time? She looks around the quilt for her phone. Its too dark. She finds it tucked beneath the teddy bear. It is 5 am. Ok. So it is morning.
Her eyes are heavy and she might have fallen asleep sitting up beacuse when she checks her phone again it is 6:30am.
She picks up her phone amd texts her mother in law(they live together) telling her how the baby is sick and she has been up all night. Her mother in law calls her to ask about the baby’s well-being, avoiding to enter the room as he might wake up. Mommy says he is fast asleep now. So mother in law gets her a hot tea in her mug.
Ah……the sight of steam rising from the mug gives a sense of peace to mommy. One sip, and the aching muscles coo. The baby stirs a bit and both the mother in law and mommy begin to panic but he goes back to sleep. They heave a sigh of relief. Mother in law leaves the baby, the mommy and the tea.
Mommy takes another sip, letting the warmth spread. All the exhaustion slowly leaving. Hot cup of tea works magic!! Especially for mothers all around the globe who are up all night.