The Year That Was...

I have not been really active on this blog this last year, but I cannot let the year drift past without documenting a recap - more for my own reference than anything else...

I had started the year on a sour, but hopeful note. The year was great professionally for both myself and the hubby. Both of us got what we wanted and although hubby dear changed his goals mid-way, he is happy where he is and that is what matters at the end of the day....

The year also saw my hubby struggling to renovate the house we bought, but it was well worth the effort...We had a housewarming function with very close family and I enjoyed the sense of achievement of having my own piece of land...Now, I need to start living there...(Resolution for 2013, maybe...)

On the personal front, I didn't get to meet my sister post March and I am eagerly looking forward to meeting her during Christmas...Hubby and self are back to being a weekend couple....He seems to be happy with the arrangement and that leaves me feeling grumpy most of the time...We also had a lovely weekend at Lemon Tree - no accidents this time around and lots of fun...Maybe I will try an international trip with my son next year...

I messed up both hubby's and kid's birthdays. I feel bad about both, even now...Maybe next year...

I am also in the process of choosing a proper school for my son and the amount of backdoor entries in the field of education makes me want to scream...I can easily influence my way through, but I am dead against it, but people all around me point to the fact that it is already an unfair game with limited seats of which most are anyway reserved for the high and mighty...Various terms I heard include reverse snobbery, being rigid, imposing my values on my kid, usurping his fair chance and so on...My simple contention is that, a school which allows backdoor entry cannot be expected to turn my son into a gentleman...(though I am not sure whether this hypothesis is true). As Jeffrey Archer says 'Only time will tell..."

My child won the first prize in his school speech competition on Children's Day. Though, I firmly believe that participating is what matters, it still made my heart swell with maternal pride...The best part was the journey itself...I had prepared a 10 line speech for him to memorise (he can't read yet, so that's the only way)...Everyone at home took turns to help him with his lines..but the best part was when he announced on the morning of the competition "I will win this and come"...I liked his steely resolve, though no one at home had stoked it...He has also become more responsible overall and manages to eat by himself and even does homework all by himself...

As you can see, most of this post is about my son...This was a major change that the year has brought about...Although I am still working full time and long hours at that (12-14 hours is standard), , I feel that my world is increasingly revolving around my son... I don't believe that a SAHM is a better mom and anyone who says that irritates me no end...It is but just one small bit of a much more complex equation...This necessitates an entire post in itself and I will get to that soon enough....

The year also saw my parents' health deteriorating further and though I am putting a brave front for general consumption, it burns my heart...

The year is coming to an end with its share of unanswered questions, but overall I am happier than I was in December 2011. I guess, that is an achievement to be proud of, and a good resolution to start off the new year " Be happier today than yesterday"....But, more of that in the next post.

Comments

Anonymous said…
Soo happy for you:)
"I will win this and come":) S is such a darling. I'm proud of him too.

-Meena chechi
Tinkerbells said…
Meena chechi, thnks...long time...how have u been? Any India plans around Xmas?
Anonymous said…
Yes, As a matter of fact I am coming home on Dec 31st. Will be there for a couple of weeks. Will try to get in touch.

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