It feels so strange…visiting my own blog after long months away! That’s why the title! I didn’t plan for this to happen, and all I can say is I was too busy living Life with no time to write about it! 2011 has been another life-changing year (I’m beginning to seriously wonder whether there are any other kinds!). It’s been a roller-coaster of a ride from start to finish, at times enjoyable, at times – the pits!
If I had to summarize in a nutshell, here goes…Dad was transformed from an independent, intelligent (if crabby!) person, into a Shadow…a Man in retreat. All that remains now is a shell of his former self and all we can do now is wait and watch. Ironically as Dad retreats, his grandson blossoms in leaps and bounds. Everyday brings new words, new thoughts, new actions, and more mischief! He’s grown into a little man now! A mischievous man, an utterly exasperating man, a man with an inexhaustible penchant & talent for trouble 😉 In short, a man after my own heart 🙂 I watch them both and observe how Nature can be at once so brutal and magical. This has been the hardest part of 2011, watching helplessly while my Dad fades away. And yet in a true testament to the resilience of the human spirit, I’ve managed to find Happiness amidst the chaos. I’ve progressed from denial to acceptance and learnt that no matter how troubling the times, it isn’t in my nature to stay constantly unhappy. It’s too exhausting and not at all worth the effort unhappiness seems to demand. So instead, I’ve looked for and found Happiness in the little things and more often than not have been rewarded beyond belief 🙂 Ishaan helps…as always 🙂
I’ve surprised myself by making friends 🙂 Yes you read right…Friends as in plural not ‘A Friend’ 😛 Given that I had given up on ever making new friends here in Goa, I was over the moon to finally find a group of like-minded women who wanted what I wanted…that’s to say…wanted to have fun, plain & simple! A group of us Moms from Ishaan’s class at school got together and decided to make ‘Enjoyment of Life’ our one-point agenda 🙂 And boy are we good at it 😉 😀 Parties, trips, coffee mornings…we’ve been on a roll 🙂 So of course, Hubby had to go and take an assignment in Bombay, just as I was getting the hang of Goa! How typically Male of him 😛 And so here I am at the beginning of 2012, preparing for yet another move in a space of two years…this time with a 3-yr-old in tow!! I need your prayers people! Well, at least he’s got into a school in Bombay…a miracle of sorts 🙂
Oh well…c’est la vie 🙂 In October, we finally made the trip to Singapore with Ishaan!! He got to meet my girlfriends, the women who were with me, when we started the adoption process. The women who held my hands through all the waiting. He’s a great traveler!! Slept on both flights coming in and out of Singapore 🙂 We had a wonderful time at the Zoo and the Bird Park and just being together as a family, just the three of us, in a long time 🙂 I can’t wait for our next vacation together 🙂 December was fun too:) Made our annual trip to Mahabaleshwar with family and had a blast!! Learnt that Ishaan away from home is a different story! A much improved story if I must be honest! He’s naughty but controllable and plays the part of ‘Mama’s little helper’ to perfection 🙂 Spent a week in Bombay, settling Hubby in the rented 2-BHK we will call home come April. It’s going to be an enormous transition from my parents sprawling bungalow to the tiny 5th-floor apartment, but at least the neighborhood is quiet and the view from the windows is the green of coconut palms 🙂 I think we’re going to be alright, and it’s most likely going to be only for a couple of years until we move again 😉
I don’t believe in resolutions, probably coz I’ve broken every one I’ve ever made 😛 I do hope that my return to writing will be more permanent than temporary, seeing as it always brings me joy and fulfillment 🙂 So far 2012 has been promising 🙂 I’ve seen Sherlock Holmes (although technically it belongs in 2011 coz I saw it on New Year’s Eve, but Hey! Who cares!)… and fallen in love all over again with the extremely talented and quirky Robert Downey Jr 🙂 He’s always been a favorite of mine and he’s absolutely smashing in this second movie 🙂 I hope there are many more movies planned for the future. Take a bow – Guy Ritchie 🙂
I’ve been meaning to read Stieg Larsson‘s Millenium series for a while now, but was always put off by reports of it’s explicit graphic sexual and violence content. Didn’t have the stomach for it last year, but did finally buy the whole series on sale 🙂 Have just finished Reading Book 1 of the Trilogy, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and am glad I finally decided to read it. A well-crafted thriller with interesting characters. Am on Book 2 now. Learnt that the author passed away after submitting all the three manuscripts and so never learned of their phenomenal success. Life is full of ironies.
And so here we are again…at an end and a beginning 🙂 I rather enjoyed the end and I’m looking forward to new beginnings 🙂 I wish the same for you 🙂
Here’s to a good year People!!