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13th February 2008 :: Mostly happy...but otherwise too

Manu is a little over three years and this site is a little under three. During all this time I have take pictures of Manu and posted them here which presented the fun, lovely and happy aspect of parenting. There is another side to it which I never discussed here. A part of parenting that is not happy at all. Today I have decided to share that too. Before I go on, I would like to share a story I watched on TV a long time ago. There was a young boy about 4 or 5 years old who was narrating his experience to his mother. He was going in a rickshaw and his dad stopped at a shop to pick up badminton rackets. He initially thought his dad has bought those for him but they actually were the present for the kid whose birthday party they were going to. He then asked his mom when his birthday would come. Since he was a little kid and didn't understood the concept of weeks and months, his mother told him that when the plant in the garden would be as tall as him, his birthday would come. The boy they picked up to play that role was an absolute kid. He was not naughty like other kids and he was absolutely adorable and although all kids seem vulnerable, his vulnerability wanted you to protect him. Anyway he watched that plant grow and he used to water it. One day a goat came and ate the plant. His mom chased away the goat but not before almost the entire plant was eaten. He started crying that now his birthday won't come. Watching his cry made me sad. The impact that story had on me is evident in the fact that I still remember it after all these years.

Coming back to what we were originally discussing, there is a part of being a parent that fills you with sorrow just like that. Manu had a cough and yesterday he got a fever too and vomited twice. Watching him like this makes me sorry they same way I felt for that kid. There is nothing you can do except taking him to a doc