As the alarm clock goes off, I awake startled, oh! It’s the beginning of yet another day. A faint whisper in my ear reminds me, it’s a Saturday… MY SABBATH DAY. I slump back into the bed knowing my chores with my son will be taken care by his DAD. They both get up after some bed wrestling and I am still lazing around.
The weekends are special, for both father and the child. It’s their time to bond. And that’s the way the fathers can get hands on experience about ‘a day in their child’s life!’
Its time for me to catch up with my friends and decide on how I want to spend my day knowing very well my child is in the safest hands. I decide to call my friend Pratima and meet up over a cup of morning coffee at our favorite café.
10:00 am at Moshe’s
-“Hey! How are you this morning?”
-“Never better, what about u”
- “It’s our good old weekend. A time to unwind J”
-“I saw a very interesting movie last night, ‘The prestige’, have you seen that? It’s a must watch.”
-“Oh yes, that one was fabulous. I saw it with V. Ah that reminds me. I need to just call and check if the father-son duo are doing alright at home.”
-“ I have just received message from R. Mine are doing great without me around”
10:30 am still at Moshe’s
-“This evening V and Jr. V will be heading to a park, let me know if yours are interested too?”
-“I think that’s a great idea, I will check with them and let you know”
-“These days Jr. V is loving his dad packing his lunch for school. The way Jr. R likes the night milk coming from dad’s hands.”
-“I sometime wonder how beautiful this relationship is. And it feels good to see them bond at this level.”
- “The kind of efforts coming from the dads to be a part of their growing up and not just watching them growing from a distance is appreciable”
-“That’s how you and I can spend some time together. For mothers it’s the umbilical connection but for fathers they have to endeavor to be an inseparable part of their child’s life ”
-“I agree and strongly feel that these efforts should start from the very conception of the child.”
-“Also for the kids, their dad is their first hero. Its very essential for the fathers to act in a manner they want their child to be.”
-“It reminds me of a very nice saying, ‘instead of spending time on telling your child what he should do, we should attempt to do those things ourselves’”
-“Jr. R keeps telling me, that he would like to grow up and be like his dad”
-“Same for Jr. V. And I believe it will be the best thing to happen, if they grow up like their Dads.. Sensitive, Loving and Responsible.”
-“Dear friend did you realize that as always, we come around talking about our kids.”
-“I think motherhood does this to us, whatever and wherever we are, it’s our kids who rule our minds J”
11:00 am Heading Home.
At home, I am greeted with the warmest smile from my son. He cries in excitement, “Mumma! Papa and I had so much fun playing with these blocks when you were not here. Come join us”. And soon we all blend again in our daily routine of laughter, cries, demands, kisses, hugs etc etc.