Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Spontaneous moments...

I had mentioned in the previous post that we went to shop for a larger area rug for the living room. We have tiled flooring downstairs and carpeted floors upstairs where the bedrooms are. When I give KB his meals, I put a separate sheet and some toys on the rug and let KG play and move around there. But of late she moves around so fast that I end up running behind her while feeding KB. She turns, cranes her neck to the point of interest and rolls and slides and somehow gets to where she wants to go. She pulls things on top of her face, takes KB's toys that are not appropriate for her age (heavy) and tries to pull on them. Also, the floor is quite cold since it has been cold and rainy outside. So I decided it would be best to get a large rug so at least she can wander around more freely with less stress for me in having to monitor her movements on the bare floor. We got a nice rug that B picked up on Monday morning and we have it on the living room floor now. It's been so good for me to have this large rug because both KB and KG are able to have some space around them when they are playing or if KG is watching KB play.

Last night, KB again went to our CD rack and brought some random CD that he could reach. As per his "order" we put this CD in the player - it was "Dave Brubeck's greatest hits". It was fun to listen to some nice Jazz music after a long time. I was glad that KB didn't ask us to turn it off mid way and ask for some other children's CD. KB came and sat next to me while B was standing on the rug and listening to the music and chatting with me. Suddenly I told KB, "ask Daddy to play the piano". B immediately pretended like he was playing the piano with full gusto in the tune of the music we were listening to. KB found this very funny - all the animated body movements from B - and he started laughing. So I prompted him to ask his dad to play the Saxophone. B again pretended to be playing the Saxophone like a true Jazz musician - with added histrionics as if he was really holding a saxophone. He started dancing mildly with this pretend Saxophone too. Now KB really got into this game and started adding more and more instruments. The all rounder B who suddenly became adept at all instruments in this imaginary world was enjoying being the showman on center stage. He really danced on while playing the requested instruments. KB and I were laughing so much through all this - it was a moment to preserve in memory. We were truly making merry at that moment. Being given a part in KB's innocent and sweet world.

A little while later, we told KB it was his bed time and gave him his night time milk. Then it was time for his diaper change. We had mentally wound down for the night and thought the fun had ended. KB got down from the couch while the music was still playing and continued to linger in that moment by dancing crazily, imitating very much B's movements from a few minutes back. It was just unbelievably funny. It was pure delight for us parents to watch this little child of ours entertain us with his crazy but adorable dancing that was also quite in tune with the music playing in the background. Ah - I just thrive on such spontaneous moments. It doesn't happen when you keep looking for it but when it happens, it is pure, unadulterated joy! The new rug already has a memory attached to it. I suppose this is how a home is built!

22 comments:

Poppins said...

Now this post just warmed me up totally. I could imagine the whole scene - B (who looks like Prithiviraj in my mind) miming the instruments - air guitaring and all that jazz. And then KB dancing wildly later with you laughing - purrfect!

That is certainly what a home is made of.

Note to Tharini: See? You already have a beautiful home created right where all of you are and please not to pine for an imaginary one from the past !

~nm said...

That is indeed such a sweet memory!

And yes thats how a home is built! With memories and events relating to the tiniest of things in it.

:)

Moppet's Mom said...

Put a big smile on my face, imagining the scene :-)

Tharini said...

Sounds so lovely to imagine. It unfolded right in front of my eyes. Uncannily enough we too have our moments 'around the rug' and it was drafting in my head....:)

Poppins : Thank you for the note. :)) Yes yes I know. I kind of like how you left me a note here, knowing I would be here to read. It just gave me a nice feeling of how we are all popping in and out of each other's spaces, and today we popped into Noonie's to admire her new rug and the memories it is already weaving in.

*sigh!

DotMom said...

what a lovely post! Right in time to fight those wednesday-blues :)

Kodi's Mom said...

nail on the head!
thanks so much, noon, for sharing this memory with such details that we felt a part of it too.

Neera said...

awww ..so beautifully written noonoo. Truly spontaneous moments to be enjoyed and preserved in the heart. I too felt like an onlooker right there ...wonderful!

Preethi said...

And you have captured it so well in this post.. the memory is now engraved for life.. oh yes home is all about memories..
And now with Poppins mom talks of B looking like Prithviraj .. I can imagine the scene in my mind too :)

BangaloreMom said...

Noonie!!

What a BEAUTIFUL post!! Your words evoked such lovely images....May God bless you with many more such beautiful moments in the years to come!!

noon said...

Poppins - thanks! And after you told me he reminds of you of Prithviraj (though I only saw Mozhi) - I too feel B reminds me of him! :) I mean something about the personality...
And I too enjoyed seeing a note for Tharini in this space - feels really like a community :) And these little things are why we miss you when you stop blogging!

NM - Really, for me - since I don't have a home base in India - this really is my home and it is the memories that make it that...

MM - :)

Tharini - yes, those late evening/night time rug time with the kids doing silly things are just great...

Dotmom - Thanks... When is your trip? I often think about how you had that dream and you are going so soon to fulfill it (right word?)...It seems so unbelievable - that you had no idea what the phrase meant and you had to look it up and now you are actually going to the temple...amazing really. I just don't know what I would do if something like that happened to me (I mean the dream).

noon said...

Kodi's mom - thanks! :)

Neera aka amazing mom with the perfect schedule! :) OMG Neera do you know one of my close friends or what! She calls me exactly the same way - noonoo!:) Your comment makes me want to call her now but it is 2.20 am her time - so may be I should wait! :)

Preethi - Thanks!
Funny isn't it - when I read her comment, I too imagined Prithviraj rather than B doing all of that dancing for a second! :)

noon said...

BM - thanks a ton for the nice wishes...

karmickids said...

Could see it all happening. Lovely post. BTW Tagged.

Aryan said...

Wow this is relly good..I could Imagine the whole scene..You are very true about this is how home is built..Cherished moments..
Aryan's Mom
Nice pictures in the previous post.

bird's eye view said...

Sounds like a good time was had by all :) When Chubbocks was old enough to fall down and hurt himself, we spread a large mattress out in the family room - and it's still down because now we have Puddi...I've forgotten what the floor looke like!

30in2005 said...

Nice.

And you've reminded me to go home and listen to Dave Brubeck whom I have ignored for Oh so long.

30in2005 said...

Nice.

And you've reminded me to go home and listen to Dave Brubeck whom I have ignored for Oh so long.

DotMom said...

tagged.

the mad momma said...

aww...what a lovely picture you've painted. and this is how we build homes and memories, dont we?!

2 B's mommy said...

lovely lovely post.

Aryan said...

Where are you???? No updates for a long time..
AM

noon said...

Kiran - thanks!

Aryan - thanks...have not visited your site since you came back from your trip. Will do so soon...

BEV - yeah it really helps..I wish i had bought sooner!

30in05 - yeah it's a good one..hope you got to listen to it again...

MM, 2B's mommy - thanks..