Monday, October 23, 2006

Aiming High : My son

My son was just about two years old , when I realized his sense of perfection and interest in cooking. One evening , when I had cut the brinjals and put them in the frying pan and was coming out to sit in front of TV waiting for the brinjals to fry. This kid, could not speak then, pulled my kurta and dragged me back to kitchen and instructed me to stir the vegetable till it gets done. Well, it was his practice to taste the vegetable from the raw stage, to the semi cooked and fully cooked vegetable . I used to enjoy seeing his expression and was proud of the fact that, unlike other parents I never had to worry about his eating habits. As long as the food was cooked in front of him, he would eat anything. Even now, he is the taster in our house.

When he started going out to play, he wielded the willows and I saw a budding cricketer in him. And a friendly neighbour who was a journalist captured his photo and had it published in Hindustan Times. Yes, now he is 10 years and still cooking and cricket fascinate him. But yes his ambitions do vary.

In the last couple of years till the last world cup (cricket) , when Australia was emerging victorious, my son wanted to join the Australian cricket team and was figuring out ways to go to Australia. But now, he feels he can only save the Indian cricket team from losing , provided he has Yuvraj Singh playing the game along with him.

Last year, one day as I was getting ready for my office, he wakes up and tells me that he has finally decided what he ants to be when he grows up. I was overjoyed, and glad that at such an early age my son has got a direction till I heard him say :”Mama, I want to be a girl when I grow up”. Well, I was speechless and probably thought I have a junior Michael Jackson in front of me.

His recent aim is to fly planes and he had a tough choice between Indian Airforce and the private airlines. He has finally settled for Indian Airforce, when he got to know that they have big canteens which is just like anther super market where he could get things at a discounted price. Probably he wants a game CD at a cheaper price or a beyblade. But I am glad for this decision, because now he watches TV from a distance, lest he might have to wear spectacles and be disqualified from flying and tries to eat nutritious food as a part of body building.

I can just end with this words “ whatever will be will be, the future is not ours to see’ and wish him all the best.

24 comments:

Has to be me said...

Chitra, this is such a sweet post! Ur son sounds damn sweet too! My 3 yr old son also often says that he wants to be a pilot when he grows up!
LOL @ the cricket & Michael Jackson!

Inder said...

kids say the darndest things :)

dharmabum said...

jackson - *grin*

i used to keep asking my dad not to worry abt me, until one fine day he said it is an emotion i wil not understand coz i don't myself have kids. very true, i thought.

lemme join u in wishing the kid all the very best in his future. god bless the child!

Krithika said...

What a cute post ! I think kids go thru' 'I wanna be a girl' phase. My kids once applied lipstick before leaving for a party just that instead of lipstick they had used my kohl pencil :-)

priya said...

Chitu:

Such a cute post. We all have choices and when kids say, it shows how much they observe and grasp things to bring out what they can be.

Sujit said...

thats speechless.. :).. well the ambitions vary and continue till the stage reaches when he has to decide.. but if pre-determined then you can aid in the decision and pushes him towards that ..:) all the best to him

Shankari said...

Cute post! Kids, they can do and say things that surprises us at all times

Jayashree said...

Enjoyed reading this post. Your son sounds so cute....

Harish said...

My friend told me that when we are young, Boys want to fly planes and girls want to be teachers. Funny...ur son said he wants to be a girl :-)
I m grown like a bull and still dont know what I want to become. Your son is cute and ambitious :-)

Nanyaar? said...

I dont know why Im saying this, but to your post I just wanna say, " Thanks ma" :)

Shankari said...

Wishing him all the best for ever.

I have these sonny stories to swap too. My lil guy wants to be the Tiger Woods of golf, Sachin of cricket, and zillions of other things when he grows up (and wants his old mamma to live with him ever after- to take care of his kiddies when he n his wife are away at work!) :D

Known Stranger said...

true with most of the kids. when i read your post - i felt me back 15 years before. i had varied interest like cricket , foot ball, then space then programmer - in college - to get into airforce etc etc.. but the dream keep changing as we grow up is what i realised. i am dreamin of soemthing what i am not today and i have not dreamt of what i am today. it just differ but wont say i am not of what i dreamt.. let us see hwo your son turns to be

KK said...

Awesome post Chitra... reading about your son made feel reading about me...which no one knows :) I too wanted to become a cricketer and also join the air force... but neither did I become....becoming a girl was very funny :)

Pritika Gupta said...

Oh.. ur son is too sweet.. u must have post his pic too.. seeing a jakson in front of u was sth.. i can imagine ur expression..hehehe..

geetha said...

Hahaha! Its really fun to see how they change their thoughts of what they want to be..

Yes! Let them be what they wanna be ;)

Gangadhar said...

Hey loved this post verymuch!! Me thinking about my three yr old son while reading this post..tnx..And all the best for your kid.

uppu said...

Chitra - Thanx for visiting my blog.

U write well. Rainbow : ME was very honest. (I am not saying that other pieces were not honest :-) dont take me wrong)

Foodie's Hope said...

QUE` SERA SERA !!!!!:D

Don't push him to do anything, they always go the opposite way!!:))

endevourme said...

give lot of my hugZ to sreesanth :-)

does he still wear that different colors of shoes?

How do we know said...

:-) as ever, sweet post Chitra, but more importantly, loved the way you let your son decide his growing up ambition to be anything from a girl to a pilot! :-)

Gangadhar said...

just landed here to see for update..and hiee Chitra..
btw Me blogrolled u on my blog..

take care

V N said...

I hope he gets to do whatever he loves the best in his life, and has absolute mental peace doing it!
:)

Fine post!

priya said...

Chitu; I just gave my vote for your poll:-))

Pritika Gupta said...

are wake up dear.. its been more than a mth..sice u right ath