The second month of the year already! So I am on the week 5 of Project 365 where I share one photograph daily for 365 days. I am so proud of myself that I posted until now on this challenge since consistency is not really one of my strong points!
So here are our stories from the last week.
Saturday, January 30, 2021
My mother loves plants, pots and plates. As a child, I used to tease her that she has to buy a plate every time we went for grocery shopping.
Now my 5-year-old asks, ‘Momma, are you happy because you have got new plants?’ (When we shifted to our new house last year, her question was ‘Momma, are you happy that you got a big kitchen?’😆)
I am becoming my mother. All the statements I said to her then are coming back to me now!😬
Le Husband: Koduthal Kollathum Kittum! (A Malayalam proverb which roughly translates to, ‘what you give, you get it back even in Kollam’ or the concept of Karma)
Sunday, January 31, 2021
2 year old tried to make a DIY Laptop and Zoom class with her small notebook and a hairband as a stand. She wanted a Zoom class for herself when the elder one was attending her virtual school.
Like the viral video, where the 2020 baby thinks everything is a sanitiser, I think all babies now consider Laptop+ Zoom as everyday essential things rather than unique situations they are 😀
Monday, February 1, 2021
Yay! Second Month of the year! Is this year also going to be ‘stay at home’?
My father had bought us many books, encyclopedias and subscribed for Young Times to improve our English when we shifted to Qatar in 1993. I think that one action ended up being so beneficial for all four of us since it not only helped in improving our language but more importantly inculcated a lifelong love for reading in all of us. Alhamdulilah!
I have poured over these children’s encyclopedias many times as a child. It was colourful and has bite-sized information and holds children’s attention!
When my parents packed up our house in Mesaieed in 2016, I kept many of those books though we had limited space in our house. I am so glad I did! Alhamdulilah
Never in a million years did I think that my kids would be using the same books that I loved as a child! Alhamdulilah
In the pic: She is just flipping through the books looking at the colourful pictures. I was trying to keep her busy when her sister had virtual class so that she is not disturbed!
Tuesday, February 2, 2021
Escape from Aleppo
I just finished reading this book today. It is a heartbreaking account of a young girl who is trying to escape from Syria to Turkey, due to the war. During the course of the escape, she gets separated from her family and had to find new travel companions.
Amongst all the stories of the Arab Spring, the Syrian story is by far the most heartbreaking. This book will help us in understanding the different factions involved, besides a picture about the ruling family. It also gives a bleak picture of the art, architecture and history that was destroyed due to the war. Syria has some of the oldest cities of the world. It has survived countless invasions and natural disasters yet it couldn’t survive this internal strife and some of these beautiful cities lie in ruin today. The book gives the sad reality of what happens when a ruler’s love for power is far more than the love for his own countrymen.
Wednesday, February 3, 2021
I came across this picture of my younger brother while searching for a document. I call him my ‘twin brother with a gap of 6 years’. 😁 Nostalgic about our carefree idyllic childhood days!
Went for my daughter’s school admission today. She starts Grade 1 in April, inshaAllah. I am excited, yet…
A sense of nostalgia and a little bit of sadness.
I still remember the first day my dad took me to 1-G class in MES.❣️
Nostalgia mixed in sadness.
Of times gone. Of relationships changed. Of homes moved.
Growing older. All of us.
Words fail me today.
Tomorrow will be a better day, inshAllah.
Thursday, February 4, 2021
Still feeling quite off today. The only happy thing I did today was craftwork with the kids. 5-year-old had to make day and night craftwork for her virtual school today. 2-year-old also joins her for any craft sessions(Basically she makes me do the work so that has a similar one as her sister)
The news from my homeland makes me anxious and sad too.
Besides the fact that we are on the brink of a second wave here in Qatar. Just a few weeks back, I said about how Qatar was managing it quite well. Now we have nearly 300 cases per day when we had only 100-150 cases per day last month. How relentless this coronavirus is!
The tormenting feeling of not having really achieved my professional goals.
Everything is weighing me down.
During my quarter-life crisis years, my mom had told me the story of Imam Ahmed and the bread seller. Of how the persons Isthighfar helped him in having his duas answered. (*Isthighfar – asking God for forgiveness *duas – prayers))
I remind myself of that story.
Friday, February 5, 2021
It’s the weekend. Since they are bringing in back the restrictions, avoided the malls and indoor spaces today. Went to the beach nearby and explored a new souq (kind of like market place) opening up near our house. So until June 2020, we stayed at home. From July onwards we frequented beaches and outdoor places only. Went to the mall with the kids in November only. I think this year is going to be the same sadly. Deja vu?!