Sunday, June 21, 2020

Lessons from Dad

Few years ago, I wrote about the things my mom taught me, so that got me thinking to the things my dad taught me. It only took me four years to finish this post and if I were to summarize the five most important things I learnt through the endless lectures he has given me, here they are:

1) Smile: He always has a smile on his face and has always taught me to smile. His lecture would start with the essence of a smile, which would further carry on to how important it is to be happy inside and out. So along with the gesture of smiling, the importance of inner happiness was learnt which also further went on to how it also results in self-confidence. So there, a very long lecture... with a smile!

2) Posture: Growing up, I used to slouch and started developing a hunched back. I cannot believe how many times he had corrected it, sometimes every 10 min, he would remind me to stand/ sit straight. It was definitely extremely irritating to have a tape-recorder dad who would say 'straight' indefinitely till I corrected my posture, but I am definitely thankful now. I probably still slouch sometimes, and his voice is automatically placed in my head.

3) History: While mom taught math and science, dad always taught history, civilizations, empires, wars. And he taught it with so much passion, often his passion of history/ story-telling would put me to sleep, but he did make it quite interesting! And he was really multi-tasking while teaching history in multiple ways.
a) He helped build my essay writing and presentation skills - cause he used to read the history lesson and then narrate it like an interesting story for me and also in the end was a summarized bullet presentation of the history lesson.
b) It was daily father-daughter bonding time
c) It was story telling time
d) It would also put me to sleep - so bed time routine included.
e) And somewhere in between I learnt a bit about Harappa and Mohenjo-daro civilizations

4) Music: Mom's way of teaching math was very strict, and her way to teaching science was more interesting and experiment based. Dad's way of teaching science was boring, but he did make math more more fun as he used to encourage me to listen to music to concentrate better. Still remember when one Diwali, we went and bought a huge stereo system and bought dozen of cassettes to listen to. He introduced me to Usha Uthup, old hindi melodies and also some random french music with a good beat.

5) Having Goals: One important life lesson he always emphasized on is having goals in life. Always working towards a goal to keep life interesting. And once the goal is achieved, make a new one and work towards the new goal.

I think I can go on writing about all the things he teaches me and my brother daily with his lectures and also real- life examples like staying motivated, career advice, financial advice, cooking lessons, continued education, balanced diet, exercise, lessons on happiness, etc etc etc. I think to sum it, I learn something new from him everyday. :-)

Talking about dads, I also have a very supportive father-in-law and through him I have learnt the life of simplicity and contentment, the power of Now, the art of small talk and short and precise communication skills. He also sends us periodic emails that cheer up our day. Sometimes the emails are filled with words of wisdom, thoughts for the day, Harvard Business Review articles, a reminder of the beautiful world we live in with pictures, and sometimes just really funny jokes!

Happy Father's day to both dads and thank you for teaching me so many important things in life! :)

Sunday, March 8, 2020

Animal Themed Toddler Birthday Party

Animal toys, salt n' pepper shakers, planters, xmas ornaments, animal decor around the house.... everyone came together so happily trooping to celebrate A's wild imagination and 2nd birthday.

Creating animal party hats was fun and easy - got some craft paper, cut it and glued it like a cone, and added some pom-poms for a pop of color. After making one hat, and getting a hang of making them, it was so easy make them - glad that I did not end of buying the online, as there were quite a few shops on etsy selling the party animal hats. 

The rest of the wall decor was just simple, colorful and playful.

Since we setup the party as a play date, there were toys kept on the TV console that could be easily reached by the kids and in lieu of any other planned activities, the toys kept the kids entertained and busy.

And of course, there had to be plants and flowers included from G-mom's garden. The paper whites and the red dragon flowers were specially plucked from mom's garden as A had helped mom water these plants regularly and she regularly monitored their progress and growth - all to make sure that they bloom for her birthday!

A is currently obsessed with singing Happy Birthday (pronounced as "Happy tu-too" as she cant say Birthday) and cutting the cake. So... for the cake, we opted for a plain Chocolate Eruption cake with white icing. Since we couldn't get a bigger cake in the round shape, we got 2 cakes and layered them ourselves right before the party. To hide the slight gap between the layered cakes, we filled it with colorful sprinkles. And then the party animals from the B'day invite climbed the cake. A was quite delighted by the big cake, and also by everyone singing Happy Birthday to her.

Since it was an afternoon party, we just served snacks to everyone - samosas, Idlis with chutney, Cheese board, Berries and Grapes, Veggie sticks and graham crackers for kids.

So glad that it all came together so well and it lived up to a toddler's hype of all animals marching to the party. A has been talking about the animals coming to her party for days with excitement in her eyes - it also helped that we went to the zoo before the party to personally invite all the animals and also went to the zoo after the B'day to thank them for their attendance! ;-)

Monday, May 28, 2018

Floral Love!

Buying flowers and arranging them (and then clicking of course!) is one of my favorite things to do.

Happy Holiday! :)