In the midst of all the mundane and monotonous routines,
children bring laughter back into fashion.
When I am with my daughter, it feels like half my day is spent in calling out instructions, repeating warnings to keep her safe, watching over her as she plays and hoping she doesn’t hurt herself.
But, there are pockets of time during the day when I just sit back and watch her clowning around. It’s so energising and relaxing at the same time, if that makes any sense. The fact that she can be herself, kidding, pulling my leg, making funny faces, mimicking others, is such a positive influence and just the tonic I need.
This became such an integral part of her growing up that something surprising happened along the way. I turned into this goofy mom every morning.
Day in and day out, we indulge in a comic routine at the crack of dawn.
I waltz into her room, tickle her a bit until she opens her eyes, pretend to swat some imaginary mosquitoes hovering over her head and make a face of mock horror that she is still asleep when all the pigeons are awake and waiting to be fed.
Once the bedcovers are off, I strut around and challenge her to a race to the washroom. We both start on the count of three, where she gets the tiniest head start ( SHH! Don’t tell her that) and then I sit in dejected mode, since she manages to win every single time!
Next, it’s time for the nonsense song, the lyrics to which change every day (I have a hard time remembering everything else, so you’ll have to excuse this lapse ;). I have to ensure that there are a lot of raised eyebrows and widened eyes thrown in for good measure and hey, if I forget the words, Gy is ready to supply her version!
Don’t judge me, but if you wake up at 5 am, every morning, and you need to rouse the child at 6, you’d do everything to make it more fun too 😉
Do you know what makes the whole exercise worth it? She hugs me, looks into my eyes, plants a couple of kisses on the cheek and says, ‘You are so funny in the mornings’.
And, ladies and gentlemen, if that’s what I get to hear every day, then I can do this for a very long time indeed.
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