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How is it physically possible for a 7-year-old to talk non-stop, without pausing for air, water or even a short restroom break?

Gy has always been a talker, that is to say, ever since she discovered that her lips could produce sound!
By now, you would have guessed that the ‘Energy’ in the title refers to her. And, by obvious deduction, I fall under the ‘Exhaustion’ tag; most days, I literally do! Fall, I mean. Usually into a deep slumber from which I would rather not be woken!

She is at the age when everything is fascinating, holds promise and life is a cornucopia of questions. Who is on hand to invariably answer these questions? Ah, you got it right.

Who does NOT have the answer to every third question? Yes, you scored that one too, if your answer to both questions was ‘the mom’.

Books have taken up a very important role in her life, of late and both of us being avid readers, I was naturally thrilled by this turn of events. What I did not anticipate, however, was the flurry of queries that would emerge from this new-found love!

For her last birthday, my good friends chipped in and gave her a gift voucher, which, after consultation with Gy, we decided to convert into a book card. This would allow her to buy books of her choosing and since Indian Mythology is high on her current reading list, she and her dad went and picked up around 10 books in that genre.

Needless to say, she was hooked from the word ‘Go’. It became difficult to tear her away from her books. To say that I was happy would be an understatement. I was Β also, secretly relieved that her endless stream of questions would abate.

Oh, how wrong I was! If anything, the books fueled an interest far beyond anything I could have anticipated! Now, she would read a book and ask me questions related to it! Bear in mind that the last time I read these stories was almost 20 years ago and although I do know the basic storylines and can answer trivia questions with some ease, I cannot, for the life of me, get into intricacies of relationships between characters or how Krishna could die, since he was a God!

Sample this conversation which we had a few days ago:

‘Amma, how many brothers-in-law does Draupadi have?’

‘Er.. I am not sure.’

‘Haven’t you read the story of Draupadi?’

‘Yes, I have. But it was a long time ago.’

‘You should do what I do. Read it everyday. Then, you won’t forget anything.’

And, in the meanwhile, while I contemplate taking a good, long, peaceful nap, Gy is busy crafting a bow out of a hula-hoop set and a skipping rope!

Well, I guess we do have one thing in common: the energetic need to do something.

Mine is to make every effort to shrug off exhaustion, stay awake and answer questions to the best of my ability. (Yeah, right!)


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Roger Owen Green · February 11, 2014 at 7:12 pm

I'm on the EXHAUSTED end too!
ROG, ABC Wednesday team

Leslie: · February 11, 2014 at 8:35 pm

I so remember this time in my life – I wondered if she could/would EVER be quiet! But I survived and so will you! Just think about how her questions EXCITE her!

abcw team

photowannabe · February 11, 2014 at 9:12 pm

You have a delightful daughter. I hope she keeps her curiosity well tuned. It will bode her well in life.
All we can do as parents is answer the best we can and encourage kids to delve into the answers themselves.

Priya Mani · February 11, 2014 at 9:31 pm


Could so relate to this post, as I saw glimpses of myself in Gy, especially in the curiosity department. Remember nagging my dad endlessly with Who's and Why's and Hows that he would call me a 'Question Bank'. At least, we have Google Search now.

I bet there can be no answers for some questions, especially from a child's perspective. Stuff like God dying, or killing, or eating fish! Had trouble with that last one for a long, long time, and am not sure if I've fully reconciled to it.

As of now, I look forward to times when the son goes to sleep, exhausted, and I can pick up that book to read :))

uberrhund · February 12, 2014 at 3:41 am

Having a reader and a talker for a child is a joy! It is exhausting too of course but there is much more to share throughout your lives when you have been having a conversation from the start!

tulika singh · February 12, 2014 at 11:56 am

O I can so empathise. Like I was telling you the kids have taken to watching the Mahabharat on TV. First that Hindi is beyond them and then the concepts.. gosh they drives both nuts with their questions. And we also have the hula hoop turned into that bow contraptions!! Talk about similarities!

Shailaja V · February 12, 2014 at 5:39 pm

As I am sure all parents are πŸ˜‰

Shailaja V · February 12, 2014 at 5:40 pm

That they do, Leslie πŸ™‚ And I know this period will be gone before I can blink. Savouring the love and energy right now!

Vaidehi Arun Parenting Corner · February 12, 2014 at 5:46 pm

“Children are made readers on the laps of their parents.” β€” Emilie Buchwald
“Once you learn to read, you will be forever free.” β€” Frederick Douglass

A very good narration and I can so relate to it. The one I do so miss after coming back to India from US is not the malls but the LIBRARY. If there is one thing I am extremely proud off when my kids were young. WE READ and WE READ A LOT. Together it was so much joy to be a child with my loved ones. Now when I look at them, I feel happy and proud that me and my husband mad a difference. Keep up the good work and let the energy flow as exhaustion can be handled later but the child will move on and grow. KEEP READING – Vaidehi @

Nydia · February 12, 2014 at 5:55 pm

I have to to tell you, this doesn't stop so soon, lol! My ten years old son talks as if breathing wasn't a need – I seldom sense him breathing when he's awake and chatting about everything. I do love it, though, he's healthy, and restlessly curious about the world, and always with something new to tell me. It's an exhausting bliss. πŸ˜‰ Great post and kudos for your girl loving to read, mine is the same way! πŸ™‚

Shailaja V · February 12, 2014 at 6:49 pm

Thank you Priye πŸ™‚ Ah, the curiosity bug πŸ™‚ How it bites us all.True that about Google Search πŸ™‚ And I wish I could read when Gy is asleep. Nowadays, I blog when she is asleep πŸ˜‰

Nabanita · February 13, 2014 at 9:31 am

haha she must be quite the kid! Enjoy her questions eventually she will quieten up and then you'll miss this energy of hers… Atleast that's what they tell me though I'm yet to reach this stage…Lovely post just apt for a doting mother!

Shailaja V · February 13, 2014 at 5:32 pm

Thank you Naba! Yes, I know that this phase will disappear all too soon…

Shailaja V · February 13, 2014 at 5:34 pm

Hula hoop bow??!! I have never even seen it before and you say your kids do the same? Clearly, I live in another era πŸ˜€ Sigh, I think I am already nuts πŸ˜‰

Indrani · February 14, 2014 at 6:51 am

I had two talkative ones, one disappeared and holding on to the second one hoping she won't disappear. πŸ™‚

Kalpana Solsi · February 14, 2014 at 7:56 pm

It's E = Energetic for my son and
for me E= Exhaustion.
and I think these go hand-in-hand.

Shailaja V · February 17, 2014 at 2:44 am

Couldn't agree with you more! As long as we keep the curiosity ripe, there is hope for growth!

mahathi ramya A · February 11, 2016 at 3:07 pm

I have 2 kids Shailaja. Small one is just 1 and half year old and I am exhausted to run behind him whole day. Really, we need lot of energy even to keep them engaged.

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