It is becoming harder and harder mentally to sit down for actually typing out the thoughts for a post. Have to check if the siri can do something about this. Just dictate my thoughts and ask it to post!
Let me start with short updates. For any one interested that is - including me - reading this probably a few years later may be. I decided at the last minute to keep "golu" for Navaratri this time around. I always hesitated because the thought of a whole bunch of people and kids coming to my house all at the same time was overwhelming for me. Even now I don't know how I got through that day. I can handle two or three families at the same time. Not more. Unless I host a party outside at the park or at a venue. Cooking for every one and keeping the house clean and getting all the "vethlaipakku" (goody bags) ready, all while managing the kids and house alone seemed so overwhelming, especially after I decided to send out an evite to people. I thought to myself, "What did I just do? This means I have to go ahead with it! The invite has been sent out to a whole bunch of people!". Well, somehow I did it and it went well. Running to Lowes two days before the Golu and measuring out planks and drawing a picture of what I wanted, setting up the planks and arranging all the bommais (what ever few I had) and getting the kids involved in the process. It was hectic but it was a lot of fun.
The only part I still don't feel good about is the immense waste when it comes to giving little goody bags to the moms and the kids. I just feel like it is such a big waste. Even when I go to all my friend's houses for their golu, I just collect a whole bunch of those bags in the car. When I get home I just unpack all of them and half the items are little curio items which I don't know what to do with. Some items like little containers etc are fine, I can use them, but I seriously don't need them. I am trying to figure out a better alternative for next year. It may not be the best alternative but something I that doesn't make me feel bad. There were little memorable moments - which would have been fun to write about had I written this post earlier. For example, KG looked at the "wedding set" of dolls and asked me about it and commented earnestly, "Mamma, why does this guy look like an alien?". These were miniature hand made dolls that were delightfully crafted and dressed up in colorful tiny pieces of fabric. I really enjoyed going to people's houses with KG. She learned a bunch of bhajans from me and I realized that she is totally into singing and seems to have a talent for it. I hope she gets a good teacher and learns it well.
Next post - on KG's school change (she changed schools from last year, went to the new school for one month in Sep and again changed to another school from October).