Poohi’s Holiday updates

Poohi had a rather colourful time in India. Here’s a wee summary of all that she(and I) have been up to.

– Cows eat rubbish. One day, in Wayanad, we saw a cow grazing and chomping down grass, when Poohi exclaimed, ‘Oh look, this cow likes grass!’. She had seen quite a few cows eating rubbish on the roads, on our travel earlier, and accepted ‘rubbish’ as part of cows’ diet. It took me a while to convince her that cows are not really supposed to eat rubbish.

– She has adopted my parents as her parents. She was not too keen on having me as a parent. Just this morning, she asked me if she could go back – while I stay here.She wants to have a ‘parent-free’ holiday.

– She is totally cross with me because I am not as much fun as Achan(my dad, who she insists on calling Achan, instead of Ammachan).He used to spend hours at her beck and call. Pretend play with him was one of the highlights of our stay.

– She loved, loved making the Pookalams every day, and I was quite amazed at her sense of symmetry. She was quite good at it.

– Every day would be a marathon session of fun, and food. And she would wake up at five, if she were allowed to.

– Her collection of books have increased three-fold. My parents got me a copy of a Bhagwatham, which I grew up on, and I was so delighted to read it again. I had planned to read it to her, but I think I am having far more fun reading it πŸ™‚ Infact, I have been rather sneaky. I have been reading it on the sly, so that I can read it in peace before I read it to her πŸ™‚

When I look back on our holiday, I am just so grateful that we get to spend this kind of time at home. She gets to know her grandparents and bask in their love. It is such a precious time. I hope that she will remember and savour the feeling for years to come, just as I still remember and cherish the time I spent with my grandparents. It also makes me so glad that she gets so much time close to nature, that would have been impossible, had my parents settled down in a city. There is something about growing your own vegetables, and living in a house surrounded by greenery. I can only be thankful for it and count my blessings.. Precious memories forever..

31 thoughts on “Poohi’s Holiday updates

  1. β€˜parent-free’ holiday ROFL already haan??

    Yes, she is very clear that she does not want us around to spoil her fun πŸ™‚
    Bhagwatham – wow its so nice

    i know what u mean by the bond with grandparents, i am so glad ojas has his dadi living with him and gets to see his nani-nana atleast 2-3 times a year

    That is so wonderful. We get such a chance just once a year, but I am grateful that we get atleast that.

    some of my most cherished childhood memories are with my nani

    Me too – For me it was my maternal grandfather who I used to follow around like a pup πŸ™‚

  2. LOL @ parent free holiday! That’s clarity of thoughts!! πŸ˜€
    Its the same with Aaryan too, when his grandparents are around, we mum-dad are sidelined and its only grandparents and him… the fun, the love and affection, and “your demand is my command” kind of attention from grandparents make them bond with them more! πŸ™‚

    I know – ‘”your demand is my command” ‘ – That is it πŸ™‚ They know that they cannot get away with that sort of stuff with us around πŸ™‚

  3. This cow likes grass…. πŸ˜› Trust Poohi and all kids her age to notice the minutest details everywhere… πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

    Oh, I had a tough time explaining to her that cows are not really supposed to eat rubbish.

    oh! My dad too, he has asked all his grand nephews and neices not to call him Appappa or granduncle but just his name. So when they actually mail they address all of us as elayammaas or achan or ammayi or ammamma … they address him with his name…. Fun! it is πŸ˜› And my aunt has taught her granddaughter to call her Mummy instead of Ammamma before her paternal grandmother could do the same πŸ˜›

    In our case, we keep trying to get her to call him Ammachan, but it is of no use – she refuses to call him anything else. She started calling my Amma, Amma too, but quickly decided that it was too confusing with me being Amma too πŸ™‚

  4. Wow…. it sounds amazing. I havent gone to India with my daughter yet. Though we both fondly talk about it.
    Hopefully we will make it soon….

    We go every year – I could not function without my India break πŸ™‚ And it is so much fun every time πŸ™‚

  5. I can imagine how difficult it is to explain facts to little kids,my nephew gives me a hard time whenever we are together πŸ˜‰ πŸ™‚

    Oh the questions! They are the worst πŸ™‚ She is a non-stop ‘why’ machine πŸ™‚

    Loved the sweet way Poohi has made up her mind to visit her grandparents alone. When I was her age,my maternal grandparents lived just a block away n yet, every-time I had school vacations i used to pack my bag n go for a week to live there πŸ˜‰

    Oh lucky you! My grandparents lived far away as well, so I used to love those summer hols πŸ™‚

    Hugs to the little princess I am glad you all had a fantastic trip πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

    Thanks CB πŸ™‚

  6. Sigh ! How I wish I was a kid again! These days when I say something stupid, people give me those looks. But those days, they said I was cute and pinched my cheeks ! Sigh !!

  7. Lol @ parents free holiday.I think pinky and poohi will be best friends as both don’t want there moms to be with them.Pinky says i will go to dubai,u be at home,i will go alone.

    LOL! They surely will be best of friends! That’s exactly the same here! She does not want me around – I spoil all her fun apparently πŸ™‚

    My kids are lucky to be with their ammaamma,they love her so much and they ask her where is tata(my father),why he doesn’t stay with u.My kids hardly see my m-law but the moment she comes home they run to her and hug her,they love her so much.

    Awww! That is so sweet! Hugs to the two little darlings!

    Hugs to poohi kutty πŸ™‚

  8. wow parent free holiday πŸ™‚ But I think children these days have started to feel comfortable on their own-of course the credit goes to the parents to bring up kids in this manner rather having kids who always tend to cling to their parents even if they’re like 8 or 9 or 13 !

    I guess, we don’t have much of a choice. Given the fact that most of us work, or atleast have a busier life outside the house, I guess.. Hopefully being independent is not a bad thing πŸ™‚

    It’s nice to see your kids grow up…like you mentioned to notice her sense of symmetry… πŸ™‚ hey where are the pictures of pookalam btw ?

    That is a long story. We bought a new laptop for me, which my husband decided is not good enough. So we now have to return this and buy another one, so am waiting for the next(and hopefully final) one to come before downloading the pics. I have run out of space in the external hard disks, so I have to wait 😦 Will post them as soon as I download them.

    that’s really important-to know your grandparents..to your know your roots basically…and I’m sure she is going to stay connected to them going forward as well πŸ™‚

    Yes, absolutely. That is what I hope for too.

    Bhgwatham ? Wow..I’ve yet to finish it once..though I really want to and I’ll some day !

    This is a version for kids and I love reading it:)

    • you know when I started reading this post of yours the theme was different-I opened this page in the morning my time πŸ˜€ and actually read it just few mins back…the page was open since morning like that only and when I posted the comment it brought the refreshed look with this theme πŸ™‚


      πŸ™‚ I changed it this afternoon – got bored with the other one πŸ™‚ So decided to go for a change πŸ™‚

  9. I am sure she wants a parent free holiday when mom instead of reading to her ends up smiling and reading in her mind… 😐

    LOL! I actually do that πŸ™‚ I am a mean mommy 😦

    the bond these kids share with their grand parents is really amazing… Its just great fun to see the patience grand parents have and the amount of energy they possess when the kids are with them !!!! touchwood !!!

    I know! Touchwood!

  10. Aww I totally agree with Poohi on a parent free holiday πŸ˜› I so so want a trip too were I can do whatever I want πŸ˜₯

    You want a parent-free holiday too??? Let’s tell that too Mr B πŸ˜‰

    Lolz she notices everything haan? Smart little gal like her Sakshi Maasi πŸ˜‰

    Yeah yeah, she has taken after her Sakshi Maasi – but weren’t you Sakshi chechi so far?

    Smithu did she wonder about why little girls in Kerala didn’t wear only pink dress?

    Actually no! Wonder why. She did like ‘Oman dresses’ though πŸ˜‰

  11. Oh very precious memories indeed πŸ™‚ I can totally empathise with you and R can do the same with Poohi πŸ™‚ Kids looooooove the unconditional love and admiration from the grandparents, no wonder they cannot stand us in their presence πŸ™‚ Atleast thats true in my case.. phew!!! You’ll settle back in soon enough, don’t be homesick Smitha πŸ™‚

    Am quite over being homesick – busier than ever before – and being busy sure helps πŸ™‚

  12. Adorable post!!!Glad poohi and you had a great time back in India… lol on her cow comment.. seriously precious !!

    She sure did πŸ™‚ She still talks about all that she did πŸ™‚

  13. Lovely post, Smits!!

    Parent-free holiday..LOL!! If given a chance I’m sure even Namnam would happily opt for it πŸ˜† She too called my father Achan, and address, ma as ‘Ammeyyy’. She used to even forbid me from calling them so and claim they were only her Achan and Amma and not mine :D.

    Oh its exactly the same here! Apparently they are her parents not mine 😦

    You’re so right, Smits about being grateful for such precious moments that Poohikutty gets to live. These experiences do a world of good to our children πŸ™‚

    I know! I just wish they had more – but when I think of it, am so glad that they get what they get πŸ™‚
    Beautiful post, Smits!! Ummas to my kunjumani! BTW, when are we going to see the snap of the pookalam that you two made??

    The pics are a long story – I am waiting for my new laptop to download them. We have run out of space – so hopefully next week.

  14. Parent free is the right term! They do need a break from us mean moms. I leave my daughters with my parents for around 10-15 days every year and its the best time of the year for them. No exotic holiday can match that!

    I can so imagine that πŸ™‚ No exotic holiday can come close πŸ™‚

  15. LOL! πŸ˜€ Parent-free holiday!!!
    Reminds me of my childhood with my grandparents….
    Touchwood for the bond shared between grandparents and grandchildren….truly nothing can substitute it! πŸ™‚

    That is so true, isn’t it? Nothing can match time spent with loving grandparents πŸ™‚

  16. Aww that’s so so sweet Smithu. Can picture hw happy Poohi must hv been in the lap of nature and the grand-love of her grandparents. I sooo miss them even today 😦

    It was a magical time for her πŸ™‚

    Cn we plsss get a glimpse of the pookolams?

    Pics next week for sure – assuming that we get our new laptop by then πŸ™‚

  17. Parent-free holiday ???? LOL !!! My younger one wants parent-free hours every day….she likes it more, if I go out somewhere, when she’s at home… πŸ˜‰ πŸ˜‰ All she does is play music and be dancing and I shldn’t be there to watch it….

    πŸ™‚ Children! Am sure Poohi will be the same in a few years time.

    Poohi needs all these time with GPs – they are the precious moments to treasure, when she grows up…I hope that you intend to visit Poohi’s GPs, every year, to keep up that bonding. πŸ™‚

    I know! I sure hope that we get to do this every year!

    Hugs to the cutie, who did great pookalams !!!! Me want to see those pics… πŸ™‚

    Wwill post the pics as sooon as I can – have a laptop situation which is stopping me from posting right away πŸ™‚

    LOL @ cows eat rubbish…. πŸ™‚
    What do I do with her:(

  18. Times with grand-parents are truly to be cherished!
    GPs love to indulge the grand-children, way more than they did to their own children. Your post so reminded me of my grand-dad.

    I so agree – time with grandparents are to be cherished. Priceless moments, aren’t they πŸ™‚ Welcome here, Piyu πŸ™‚

  19. Sounds like that was a perfect vacation. Poohi must have had the delight being part of Onam, the cows etc πŸ™‚ My little ones had fun last time feeding the goats plavilla..

  20. Never spent much time with my grandparents.. would have been fun.. but my parents never made me to felt me missing it.. πŸ™‚

    Poohi seems to be enjoyed a lot.. surely all those greeneries would have made her happy.. and that cow thing is funny… πŸ™‚ Cow is fighting for its survival πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

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