Week 10 of 2021 Alhamdulilah! Sharing a picture daily from our small world as part of Project 365
In my head, this week is called my week 😀 – Dentist’s Day, Women’s Day and my B’day all come in the same week 😀 (Though I don’t really celebrate any of these days as such, just a sense of contentment!)
Saturday, March 6, 2021
Oru chaaya kudichaluo?!(How about a tea break?!) – A recreated teashop (from villages of Kerala) in a mall in Qatar
These chaayakada (tea shops) are so common in the villages of Kerala where elders (read males) go for their chaya/tea and daily dose of gossip.
Today was National Dentist’s Day – a day to show appreciation and gratitude to dentists around the world, especially during this year of Covid for stepping up their professional activities in spite of the risk and challenges.
Sunday, March 7, 2021
These Picasso Tiles feature a lot in our kids day to day activities!
Do you feel this year is also going to be of same-days-all-merged-into-one sort of living?
Monday, March 8, 2021
Today is International Women’s Day
The only word to describe my day was – Monotonous!
…and the slow acceptance of the fact that pandemic has altered our plans and it might probably be not realized in the near future or maybe ever.
Today I do not feel inspired or inspiring or empowered or empowering and all the beautiful words that dominated social media feeds.
Maybe tomorrow will be a better day.
I did not even feel like clicking a picture today. I had promised myself, I would click atleast the steps count if I did nothing else.
Doing just that, for me, for myself.
Happy Women’s Day. Don’t forget to do something for yourself today -for you, by you!
Tuesday, March 9, 2021
I have had two conflicting thoughts today.
One, a sense of grief over my professional journey. Yes, I am quite happy with my part time/flexible/adaptable timings in clinic for now, yet I am not where I want to be yet. I am not where I envisioned I would be when I graduated ten years ago. The thought often makes me sad, frustrated and depressed – a story that no one knows other than my husband, parents and siblings. The career dream which I have seen for myself often ended up in failures. Then came the pandemic which put a complete stop to that dream of mine. A senior dentist whom I met in this online world told me , ‘You have failed only when you have quit trying. As long as you are trying, you are not a failure but a success-story-in-journey’ Such wise words. I really hope so, inshAllah.
The other extreme end of this thought is – A sense of contentment- I am where I am supposed to be right now in this phase of life. My flexibility in timings allows me to spend a lot of time with my kids. Their childhood is going to happen only once. And I am with them for most of the time during this period. This is their season of climbing over me, playing with me, asking me for brownies, and snacks and chips and say again ‘still hungry’ after eating all the snacks in the world. Even on days I have completely lost it, they still consider me their best friend. This phase wont last long. This season is not forever. So I should enjoy it.
This grief vs contenment over my professional journey vs my mothering journey is an emotional game that happens everyday in my mind. Somedays there are smiles. Other days, tears.
I am 33 today. A friend remarked – it is the age of people in Jannah. ❤️
Alhamdulilah for being alive. Alhamdulilah for seeing 33 for a baby who was born at 34 weeks in a place and time where there were no NICU. Alhamdulilah for the family I was born into. Alhamdulilah for the family we created. Alhamdulilah for the love of my life. Alhamdulilah for everything ❤️
PS: The kids wanted brownies. Licking clean the bowl and the whisk respectively. They enjoy doing this more than eating the brownies 😃
Wednesday, March 10, 2021
We didn’t have net for most of the day. So well, guess what the kids picked up – Books!
We do have a lot of toddler books but my 5 year old has outgrown them and I haven’t been able to update her book collection.
So when she asked me for books today, I gave her one book from my Enid Blyton collection. She flips through and said,
‘Mama, these books are grey and brown. There are no pictures!’
…and I realised I should really update her book collection soon!! (Any suggestions?)
Thursday, March 11, 2021
On March 9, 2020, Qatar announced closure of all schools and educational center due to the Covid Pandemic. My daughter has been to school only for one week since then.
It has been one exact year of online learning.
These kids will have such great stories to tell their grandkids of the time ‘school came home’!
Friday, March 12, 2021
Today was such a busy day since we went to see my parents after maybe two months (or more!) The kids are so overexcited when we go to the grandparent’s house. They really dont remember (especially my youngest) spending time with their grandparents. We have avoided going often since the pandemic started for obvious reasons and since we felt that was the right thing to do. Now that they are vaccinated hopefully we can visit more often! Damn the Pandemic! I feel it has altered the grandparent-grandchildren relationships a lot!
It was such a busy day that I forgot to click a picture until I found this cute autorickshaw in Rawnaq to send my brother. Growing up all he wanted was an autorickshaw toy and to become an autorickshaw driver! 😄
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