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The last few days of December are here and I am bundling up a year’s worth of memories, regrets, new wisdom, some learning, lots of love, fresh friendships, rekindled relationships and looking into what 2015 may be holding in the openness of its embrace.

As I write this post, sitting at my workstation, surrounded by the images of things that are familiar- my daughter’s clothes, her wardrobe, a favourite cartoon character on the wall, magnetic letters stuck on an almirah, a bookmark that she made this year- I am trying to envision what I truly, sincerely pray for as the New year pokes its head around the corner.

Resolutions for specific goals (material in nature) don’t make sense to me anymore, since well-intentioned is not nearly the same as well-executed, so I would prefer to envision what 2015 should be for an eight-year-old who has the wisdom of a sage, the heart of a blue whale, the curiosity of fifteen cats combined and the love that only she is capable of.

For you,my dear, I hope that the world never fails you in your hour of need and that you can always give back as much as you get from your surroundings.

I pray that you stay safe and protected from the dangers that abound- both physical and emotional- with your wits about you and your values in place.

I may sound annoyed when you pepper me with your endless stream of questions, but know, that secretly, I always enjoy your wide-eyed look of wonder and curiosity and the fact that you consider me to be a treasure trove of information (however mistaken that may be).

I honestly confess that I feel mixed emotions when you are away from me- a sense of quietude that brings with it relief as well as loneliness, in the most inexplicable way. Know that this will never change, no matter how old you grow.

Finally, my wish for you is that you change only in the things that matter- your horizons and your compassion, which must both continue to grow; and that you stay unchanged in the way you look at me and hug me every single day.

Happy 2015, dearest Gy!

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Shailaja V

Hi there! I'm Shailaja Vishwanath, a blogger with 12 years of blogging experience and a parent to a teen. I work as a digital marketing and social media consultant. From positive parenting tips to useful productivity hacks, social media advice to blogging advice, you'll find them all right here. Welcome to my blog.


Nabanita · December 29, 2014 at 6:00 am

Only a mother could have written this Shailaja….Wish you and your family,especially the curious one, a very happy new year in advance πŸ™‚

Prateek · December 29, 2014 at 6:04 am

So sweet! Hope ur family n , especially your daughter , have a blessed 2015 :).
If you don't mind me asking, how old is she?

Shilpa Gupte · December 29, 2014 at 9:13 am

How sweet! You both are blessed (and lucky) to have each other, Shailaja!:-)

Inderpreet Kaur Uppal · December 29, 2014 at 9:24 am

Wonderful thoughts from a mother's heart.
A very happy new year to you and gy.

Shailaja V · December 29, 2014 at 1:55 pm

Thank you very much, Naba πŸ™‚ Wishing you and your loved ones the very same πŸ™‚

Shailaja V · December 29, 2014 at 1:56 pm

Thank you so much, Prateek! Wish you the same.

Gy is eight and a half πŸ™‚

Shailaja V · December 29, 2014 at 1:56 pm

Every day, Shilpa, that is one thing that I know πŸ™‚

Shailaja V · December 29, 2014 at 1:57 pm

Thank you so much, Inderpreet πŸ™‚

alphabetstory · December 29, 2014 at 4:36 pm

Lovely thoughts for all of us in tis confusing hectic world.

Lollipop Goldstein · December 30, 2014 at 1:00 am

Oh I love this so much: “I hope that the world never fails you in your hour of need” What a powerful, perfect wish.

Red Handed · December 30, 2014 at 7:18 am

This was such a cute post….I miss my mother so much right now.

Shailaja V · December 30, 2014 at 7:47 am

Thank you very much. I wish the same for you too.

Shailaja V · December 30, 2014 at 7:47 am

Thank you, Mel. I hope it always rings true.

Shailaja V · December 30, 2014 at 7:48 am

Aww thanks Red. Hugs to you,my dear.

Aditi · December 30, 2014 at 7:58 am

Love this! Hugs to both of you! Stay blessed! Happy 2015! πŸ™‚

ladynimue · December 30, 2014 at 9:14 am

beautiful post and lovely sentiments πŸ™‚
Best wishes to both of you.

Balaka Basu · December 30, 2014 at 9:42 am

Such a wonderful post. BTW I nominated you for the β€œvery inspiring blogger awards” as your blog truly inspires me. Thanks.

Rekha Dhyani · December 30, 2014 at 3:52 pm

It felt like you were reading my mind. Rather any mom's mind. Loved it from the core of my heart. Lots of love and best wishes to Gy and all of you. πŸ™‚

JustHeather · December 30, 2014 at 9:30 pm

What a beautiful thought and sentiments! I believe it is what all moms wish for their child/ren. May your 2015 be as you dream!

Sreeja Praveen · January 3, 2015 at 4:35 am

Just so so touching, Shailaja. I wish I could say this to my little Pea when she grows up and becomes ready to take on the world. Thanks for writing this, for all mothers and all daughters right here πŸ™‚

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Shailaja V · January 5, 2015 at 7:25 am

Thank you very much, Aditi! Happy 2015!

Shailaja V · January 5, 2015 at 7:27 am

Thank you very much!

Shailaja V · January 5, 2015 at 7:35 am

How lovely! Thank you very much!

Shailaja V · January 5, 2015 at 7:35 am

That really means a lot, Rekha. Thank you for the kind words and for the reblog too!

Shailaja V · January 5, 2015 at 7:39 am

I hope with all my heart that it will be πŸ™‚ Thank you for reading πŸ™‚

Shailaja V · January 5, 2015 at 7:49 am

Thank you so much, Sreeja dear πŸ™‚ Happy New Year to you!

Shailaja V · January 5, 2015 at 7:50 am

Thanks a ton! Lovely beginning to 2015, thanks to you all πŸ™‚

Vinodini Iyer · January 5, 2015 at 8:15 am

This is so endearing! My best wishes for your Lil one. Congratulations for being picked for the Spicy picks!

Sudha Balachandran · January 5, 2015 at 10:57 am

Wow Shailaja, that's such a beautiful prayer for your daughter! Your post has so much love and warmth! Loved it…

tulika singh · January 9, 2015 at 6:57 pm

Gosh I've been away too long. I almost missed this one. A very very happy new year to you and to Gy of course.

Shailaja V · January 9, 2015 at 6:59 pm

Thank you, Vinodini! Doubly so!

Shailaja V · January 9, 2015 at 7:00 pm

Thank you so much, Sudha! Glad to see you here on The blog πŸ™‚

Shailaja V · January 9, 2015 at 7:01 pm

,Yes you've been missing, but I know you've been busy. So all is forgiven. Thank you, Tulika. Wish you and yours a lovely year too!

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