Happy Memories are made of these…

I know I have no business writing a post, when I have not answered the comments to the previous one(s) and have not even reached half way on my packing, but some moments need to be recorded, don’t they? It is not everyday that one’s only child participates in her very first public appearance, after all!

Yesterday was Poohi’s Christmas concert. She had been away from school for the last 2 weeks and I was a bit worried if her part would be taken off or given to another child since she went missing. Thankfully, it was not. Each class puts together a nativity concert and every child had a line to say or a song to sing. I was amazed at the wonderful way it was all put together. Getting all the little 3/4 year olds to say their lines in perfect coordination and sing and clap where-ever required. Even the set was gorgeous! The amount of effort the staff had put in getting all this together was evident. As the play progressed, I was all overcome and teary-eyed and feeling a wee bit foolish at the rush of emotions when I saw another dad, wiping away a tear from his eye. I was not the only parent feeling all emotional at the sight of her 3.5 year old in the play.

If that was not enough, after the play, they played a little compilation of photographs taken at the nursery of the children during various activities. It was so well put together, with lovely songs in the back ground, so very touching. The teachers love and dedication was so visible in the way they had put it all together. I think there was not a single dry-eyed parent in that room at the end of it.

For the children, the fact that their parents were there watching them perform, I think, was great. Each little one’s excitement at seeing his mum/dad in the audience was so sweet. It brought back memories of my own childhood in so many ways. It also made me thankful that I was able to experience all these milestones with her.

The enthusiasm, love and concern, the staff showed to each child made me so very grateful that Poohi was lucky enough to have such lovely, considerate and caring teachers. After parents, it is after all, the teachers who play a huge part in the lives of little children. A teacher could single-handedly make or break a child. I just pray that she continues to get such lovely teachers all her student life.

48 thoughts on “Happy Memories are made of these…

  1. nice to read about the experience smitha..yesterday saritha wrote about varunavi’s school function and today u wrote about the Christmas celbrations.. All the moms around having a wonderful time with their kids’ performance..

    I know πŸ™‚ We moms are probably enjoying it far more than the kids πŸ™‚

  2. That is really sweet Smitha. It must have been such an experience to watch you little poohi on stage.

    it was, Lakshmi! It sure was! I mean – I never thought I would be that moved.

    This year I missed S’s christmas breakfast and the performance as it was yesterday 😦 But will make up this weekend as she is singing carols at our Indian Association christmas celebration. We have got reindeer antlers and glowing red nose for Rudolf:)

    Am sure you will have a good time this weekend πŸ™‚ Reindeer antler! A and S must love it πŸ™‚ Here the Christmas tree is all up – but we are going on holiday over the weekend so Christmas will be in hotels this time.

  3. “After parents, it is after all, the teachers who play a huge part in the lives of little children.” So true. we used to have a school diary and the first written on it was School is your second home. I hope too that she always gets wonderful teachers.

    Reema, as someone in the teaching profession – you must know the truth of that πŸ™‚ School is certainly our second home – and it can be a cherished place or a hated place. I will just hope that it will always be a cherished place for Poohi – just as it was for me.

  4. No snaps or videos? Would love to see the performance !

    This post reminded me of all my singing sessions in school functions ! Sigh !!!! Why on earth did I grow up ???

    ‘Sigh !!!! Why on earth did I grow up ???’ – Did you really? Oh I forgot – you are getting married – so you must have grown up πŸ˜‰

  5. We think that the kids are just in KG classes, why to give them importance. But this is the stage when their atmosphere helps them to grow up. As you said, the teachers play a great part in the children’s lives. For the children also the teachers become their own god like person. For my children whatever their teacher said was god’s words!

    You are so right – ‘But this is the stage when their atmosphere helps them to grow up.’ I think she really enjoys her time there because of the way the teachers interact with the kids.

    I am very happy to know that you are enjoying your daughter’s budding years and giving her full attention. This is very important. Writing posts of all the important events in Poohi’s and your life together is great. You can re-read them after 20 years and enjoy!

    That is what I am hoping for – I did not keep any record for Poohi’s first three years and really regret it:(

    “HUGS” to Poohi and her mother too!

    Thank you so much Sandhya! Hugs back from both of us! Your words always make me feel so good!

  6. Teachers are very important in a child’s life…I too hope that Poohi continues to get good teachers as she progresses through school…

    M too has a good teacher and I pray every day that she is lucky enough to get another good one next year…All we can do is hope…

  7. Wow! good to see you’ve had a wonderful time at your angel’s Christmas concert.
    I too would like to see the pictures or any snapshots you managed at the concert πŸ˜€

    I agree on your view that teacher’s play a very important role in a child’s life. When I was a little girl, on many occasions,I used to obey what my teacher said more than what my parents said.

    May Little Poohi be blessed with wonderful teachers in the years to come πŸ™‚ Amen.


  8. Touchwood Smithus!
    Yes, hope Poohi gets such great teachers all thru her student life!

    So nice to read your experience and see how much fun both you had!
    Hugs to little Poohi! πŸ™‚

  9. The way its so heartening fpr the parents to see their child on the satge, same way children are also looking in the audience to see their parents, somewtimes they can concentrate only after finding their parents:)

  10. That is so sweet. It is quite an emotional experience, to see your kid up on stage for the very first time, ain’t it ? You are absolutely right about teachers. Kindergarten teachers play such an important role in shaping children’s personalities.

  11. First of all congratulations…on poohi’s first stage performance..

    I felt like i m seeing u feeling happy and misty eyed at the same time when poohi performing on stage !!..these are moments which we treasure throught out life..dont miss taking snaps…doesnt matter how small event is..I keep angel’s snap month wise..I want to show her when she will grow up…how she look like particular month πŸ™‚

    Teachers are second important person after parents in kids life..I have seen kids saying I will do what my teacher say not you( parent)..
    So nice that poohi got wonderful teachers there

    {{{{{{{{{HUGS to Poohi}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}

  12. Oh thatz so sweet Smithu .. u hv to record this even if its in the midst of all the hustle-bustle πŸ™‚
    Lotz of hugs to Poohikutty .. she is awesome I tell u! She pulled it off so well even after the break πŸ™‚
    May she always be surrounded by such love and support always πŸ™‚

  13. i wrote u a comment last night… since it doesnt appear here, i obviously did something wrong when i hit the submit button…annnnyway, i shall re write the main matter.. u must be so proud of poohi! seeing ur kid up on stage gives u a kinda thrill ,doesnt it??and thank god for good teachers..they have the capacity to mould young minds..sadly,there is such a dirth of them.

  14. Am sure the experience was overwhelming because it comes out of your words!!! It must be amazing to see your tiny one all grown up & standing there on the stage na??

  15. Awwww…what a sweet post. Glad you did it, despite not having reached your half-way-packing-mark LOL! Totally agree with what you have said…teachers can make or break a child’s confidence and happiness. I had awful teachers and I hate the bunch of them from the bottom of my…never mind. But I do hope my child has better luck with teachers!!

  16. Sweet post smitha.

    Each little one’s excitement at seeing his mum/dad in the audience was so sweet—- the samething i felt when varu was searching for us in the stands and showing us to her friends.The expression on her face was so sweet.

    Hugs to all the teachers who shape the kids and love to all the kids.

    Special hugs to poohi kutty inspite of the break she performed.

  17. it must have been such a beautiful moment for you :). I can feel the pride in the words :). congrats mommyyyyy πŸ™‚ and congrats to pooh for her first appearance….there will be many more tears of joy :)….and yes you did take me back to my childhood days.
    i was expecting pictures toooo πŸ™‚

  18. Really sweet post πŸ™‚ Yes you are right..after parents its the teachers who play a very important role in a child’s life. I still remember all the teachers who have helped me be what i am today πŸ™‚

  19. Awwww….Smitha ur post was so lovely tht my eyes are stinging…really!!!
    I too remember my daughter 1st performance and marvelled at their confidence on stage.

    And like Rakesh I too ask where r the pictures?????

    p.s: ur header is lovely :-)!!!!

  20. The pleasure one feels when one sees one’s child on stage for the first time is palpable! In fact everytime it happens it’s exciting. All life is a stage anyway and whenever one child is in the limelight one gets this feeling of excitement!

  21. ” After parents, it is after all, the teachers who play a huge part in the lives of little children. ..”

    How rightly said and Poohi is lucky to have it all…

    Even I have experienced these moments and they are precious.. thanks for sharing….

    Warm wishes for a wonderful and prosperous New Year…

  22. I just pray that she continues to get such lovely teachers all her student life.
    amen to that thought Smitha πŸ™‚ she definitely will πŸ™‚

    Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year πŸ™‚

    and ((hugs))) for Poohi πŸ™‚

    love your header…all that snow…*sigh* πŸ˜€
    but its making me shiver in the Delhi Winters πŸ˜€

  23. I know exactly how you must have felt Smitha. I went through similar emotions when I saw Namnam perform in her national concert. It was a moment of pride for me and R to see our little one stand there on stage confidently and sing.

    I’m sure Poohikutty will always be blessed with such loving and caring teachers. God bless her always.

    Lots of hugs and ummas to her

  24. Teachers indeed have a huge role in a child’s life from the day they step into a school.

    You reminded me of the times I was in school to watch my little monkeys perform πŸ™‚

  25. ooooooooooh!!!!!!!! snaps vennam!!!!!!! SMITHU!!!!

    mail me the one in her costume! πŸ˜€ btw….. long while back, i dreamed of being with you and poohi and we were running in some park with swings!!! πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ geeeeeez!!!!!!!


    i hope too that Poohi is blessed with good teachers, just like she has awesome parents! u know i have said it a million times…. u make an awesome mom! πŸ˜€

    and psssst……. i already know an excellent teacher…. INDYEAH!!! πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

    hugs and ummas to Poohi. Hope you guys have a fabulous 2010!!! happy new year Smithu!

  26. a very happy new year wishes to you, poohi and your family smitha… πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ have a great year ahead πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

    Thanks Kanagu – have emailed you πŸ™‚

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