Tuesday, May 10, 2005

Que sera sera

Aayu sat in front of the music system, punching buttons.

Anu: What'r you doing, honey?

Aayu: Shhh, don't disturb, this is ATM. I'm taking money.
(All those green and red LED numbers flickering on the console, I guess)

Anu: Really? *smiles at the li'l one's imagination and goes hugs her*

I watched them quietly from the couch.

Some day, my little one will indeed be drawing real money from a real ATM. When she was an infant, I yearned to hear her talk, walk and generally do all that a kid does. Now she talks nine to the dozen, doing things that make my teeth go all tingly with fatherly affection. Tomorrow she'll grow up to be a sensible & beautiful young woman, having her own life to lead, her own responsibilities towards the world at large. *Sigh*, she'll never be my li'l aayu again. One I used to 'see-saw' on my legs, one who used to swing on my arm, one who'd mistake me for a mountain and go climbing right atop my head (no kidding), the one I'd seat on my palms and play 'spring chair' with; one who climbed my tummy middle of the night and slept, clutching me; one who rode on my back, playing 'elfy elfy'; one whose million dollar smile would immediately make all my worries look like chicken-feed.

I think I understand grandparents a whole lot better now.


shub said...

your last line said it all...before you know,her lil ones will be playing see saw on your leg...

tahtz one of my fave childhood memories...me playin see saw on dad's legs!
:) thanks!

phatichar said...

Shub: :)

Angel said...

awwww....that was so sweet... :)

Ash said...

Cute post.
Reminded me of this :


phatichar said...

Ash & Angel:Thanks..Ash, can't see the page (IT guys've websensed it..grrrr)

Ashish Gupta said...

All red reading it :">

Such a lovely utter, you just made me lotsa senti and homesick- missing and loving my (grand)parents.

And here are those 'butterfly kisses', if I am not mistaken, rite ash?

Butterfly Kisses
There's two things I know for sure
She was sent here from Heaven
And she's daddys little girl
As I drop to my knees by her bed at night
She talks to Jesus and I close my eyes
And I thank God for all of the joy in my life
Oh but most of all

For butterlfy kisses after bedtime prayer
Stickin little white flowers all up in her hair
Walk beside the pony dady
It's my first ride
I know the cake looks funny daddy
But i sure tried
Oh with all that I've done wrong
I must have done something right
TO deseve a hug every mornin
And butterfly kisses at night

Sweet 16 today
She's lookin like her mama
A little more every day
One part woman
The other part girl
To perfume and mke up
From ribbons and curls
Trying her wongs out in a great big world
But I remember

Butterlfy kisses after bedtime prayer
Stickin little white flowers all up in her hair
You know how much I love you dady
But if you don't mind
I'm only gonna kiss you on the check this time
Oh with all that I've done wrong
I muct have done something right
To deserve her love every mornin
And butterfly kisses at night

All the precious time
Like the wind the years go by
Precious Butterfly
Spread yuor wings and fly

She'll change her name today
She'll make a promise and I'll give her aways
Standing in the bride room just starin at her
She asked me what I'm thinkin
And I said I'm not sure
I just feel like I'm loosin my baby girl
And she leaned over

And gave me butterfly kisses with her mama there
Stickin little white flowers all up in her hair
Walk me down the isle daddy
It's just about time
Does my wedding gown look pretty daddy?
Daddys don't cry
Oh with all that I've done wrong
I must have done something right
To deserve her love every mornin and butterfly kisses
I couldn't ask GOd for more than this is what love is
I know I've got to let her go but I'll always remember
Every hug in the mornin and butterly kisses

Khushee said...

I think she'll always be your li'l Aayu regardless :)

phatichar said...

ashish: Thanks man...for droppin' by andpasting that beautiful verse here.. :")

Khush: Yeah, you're probably right. I can never imagine her as a grown up (in thought, at least). Take care..

Priya Iyer said...

all i could say after reading this was awwwwwwwwwwwwwww..... blessed are those who can enjoy the love of their famiies! :)

phatichar said...

P: You bet they are.. :)

Thanks for commenting on this one - made me go back in time once more.

PeeVee™ said...

Nope. She might grow physically but deep inside she'll always be your itsy-bitsy Aayu:)

phatichar said...

PV: :) yeah?