|(Father-Daughter on that day in that fancy restaurant)|
A week later, my five year old recollected the incident and asked me, ‘mumma.. why did you say to papa that ‘you don’t belong to this plant?”
I replied, ‘because your papa doesn’t like experimenting with food and he only likes dal-roti.’
She replied, ‘everyone likes it. I like dal-roti.’
I said, ‘not everyone. I don’t like it. I like different food and cuisines.’
After a brief pause, she said, ‘mumma, then maybe you don’t belong to this planet.’
|(The dish that sparked the discussion)|
On his birthday, I wrote a little note to Sanjay about how he has influenced me in a way that only few people can. Below is the note.
There I could see my daughter, heavily influenced by her daddy.
I could see Sanjay growing up all over again.
I wondered at the simple way she made me realize that maybe the reality is that many people like dal-roti. And I am among the few – contrary to what I used to believe that Sanjay belongs to the rare breed of simple people.
My daughter made me understand the power of perception. To her, her daddy’s behavior is normal and well accepted while mine is atypical.
From my tiny, slender girl I learnt an important lesson: You can’t set the standard for the whole world. What seems normal to you may (and most likely will) seem abnormal to others. Wisdom lies in accepting others’ views, choices and tastes with as much respect as you want yours to be accepted with.
You make me fall in love with being a mother. Who says parents bring up their children? Seeing you, I feel you are bringing me up. All over again and in a completely new, wiser way.
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