The first quarter of 2019 is over with more ups than downs for me. March was overall a calm and peaceful month. There were 3 or 4 days when I felt bogged down due to the loneliness and friendlessness but thanks to the weather improving and the spring setting in, I walked out my dampening thoughts. Of course, I had the ever-enthusiastic Dhruv for the company who made sure we achieved our 10,000 steps target on the Fitbit every time we stepped out. Yesterday, we logged in 13000 steps
(13300 steps I hear him correct me in my head) and he was convinced we must do it every evening. Papa is out of this plan as he is not keen on walking, not this much walking.
I am feeling quite nice this morning. This is the last week before the school closes for 2 weeks long Easter Holidays.
On a content note, here is my gratitude list for March –
(A) Husband was away in India for the last 2 weeks of March. We were slightly worried about how Dhruv would manage without him given that he is more attached to him and together they have more fun with their interests in watching cricket matches, comedy movies, and Kapil Sharma Show. I am forever left wondering how both of them can laugh hysterically at the silly jokes. Dhruv missed his Papa for the first 2 days and then he was fine. Dhruv and I went back to how we used to live and spend time living alone in Bangalore with lots of reading, funny lyrical singing, bookstore visits, park visits and lots of hugging.
(B) Dhruv is doing very well at school. Last week, he was among the 4 children chosen by his school out of all the classes to attend Able Writer’s Day held at another school. It is an annual event where an author/poet is invited to conduct a day-long session on storytelling and creative writing with children. The school letter about the same filled my heart with the satisfaction that my boy is writing.
He also received the Superstar (from his class) of the week award in the school assembly for the 3rd time in this academic year. Each time I have attended the assembly on his award days, I have felt extremely grateful listening to the teachers how kindly they speak of children and the reasons they give for recognising and choosing the superstars from their respective classes. It fills me with joy and my sensitivity tells me that no matter how much this moving to the UK has been tough for me but it has been for Dhruv’s good.
(C) I began volunteering in his school half-days twice a week in January to step out of the house and do something meaningful than feeding my anxieties staying at home. I braved my inner inertia over the first 2 months by pushing myself to not miss a single day. I still missed 3 days out of 22 days. By the time March came, I was settled and began looking forward to my volunteering days. I am enjoying the time I spend amongst the 5 and 6 years old helping them with their classwork and listening to their reading.
(D) I got a health scare with piercing pain in my breasts and the first thing I thought was “Oh God! I have developed breast cancer”. I read everything that was available on the net related to breast cancer to find out there were none of the symptoms. I reminded myself how in 2017, I had terrible knee pain caused due to gymming and I had thought I would never be able to walk again and will be left crippled for life. It did not happen. I was able to treat my knee pain with yoga. The piercing breast pain is no longer there to my relief. However, I have plans to visit the doctor on my visit to India soon. I do not trust the NHS.
(E) I watched the Netflix series Kindness Diaries with Dhruv. In this series, an Englishman, Leon Logothetis, living in Los Angeles travels the world without money relying only on the kindness of people. In season 1, he travelled the world west to east from Los Angeles to Vietnam and in Season 2, he travelled from Alaska down to the southernmost tip of Argentina. This series was an eye-opener in many ways for both us. It gave us a chance to see various countries and their people, learn about their history and appreciate the kindness prevalent in the world despite all the turmoil and despair. It was quite moving and stimulated our emotions in the process. We finished watching the last episode of Season 2 yesterday night and Dhruv was saddened at the thought of missing Leon and the programme.
How was your March? Do you maintain a gratitude journal or say your gratitude prayers? Tell me about it.
With the blogging world getting busy with the A to Z challenge in April, the readership of the non-participating blogs goes down drastically. In this light, I am figuring out if I should divert my energies to other things I have planned to do for some time and do not blog this month. Yet, I know ‘not blogging’ is not going to happen as I have become a compulsive blogger now. If you are a blogger, what is your take on this? Suggestions are welcome.
Linking this post to #Monday Musings hosted by Corinne Rodrigues