School Days

It was the first day of school – back to school in-person after a year and a half of remote learning for the Elementary school goer in the home. There we stood – the husband and I- masked, behind a line holding a throng of anxious parents at bay. The children were coming out to … Continue reading “School Days”

Why Do We Grow Up Really?!

The son and I were poring over the article to select. It was an important decision to make. I was being given the opportunity to read to the son’s classroom. He was proof reading the list of articles I had from approximately 1000 articles that I thought might interest an elementary school classroom. “This one … Continue reading “Why Do We Grow Up Really?!”

World Peace

The first part of this article was published in The Hindu titled Collective Effort dated 10th April 2022 I am in India on a short trip. Most evenings, I take a short walk around the apartment complex the parents live in. The community is a middle class community with children playing outside every evening. Regular … Continue reading “World Peace”

Kimêtawânaw – we all play

The daughter was giving me Tea.  ‘Tea’ I was enlightened earlier, is not the beverage that I love, but interesting events of note in her life. The child told me about her new teachers, the classes, the people around her – the ones who were mean, and the ones who weren’t, something about Discord, and … Continue reading “Kimêtawânaw – we all play”

Mother’s Day in the Jungle

It’s Friday! It’s It’s It’s Friday! I heard the son singing his Friday song. An infernal song with lyrics that are straight out of an album I know, but the rendition usually has joy in it, and that salvages it somewhat. I am partial to Friday mornings myself, but last week, I was simply unable … Continue reading “Mother’s Day in the Jungle”

The Music of Rose-Scented Winds

Roses are blooming everywhere. The white, saffron, yellow, pink, corals and red roses are a real treat to behold. Watching the breeze gently take the rose essences and waft off into the neighborhood reminded me of an old Tamil song. “Rojavai thalaattum thendral…” a few weeks ago, and I hummed it as I went about … Continue reading “The Music of Rose-Scented Winds”

Love and Rainbows

“By the way, how is Valentine’s Day this year for you kids?” I asked. This year, with Covid, Valentine’s day celebrations seemed to be muted too. Valentine’s Day in elementary school can be fun. Though I will carry on and on about the commercialization of love etc, I do love the way the occasion has … Continue reading “Love and Rainbows”

Why is our sky not green?

The elementary school going son, like many children his age, pulls a full why-wagon with him wherever he goes. The questions tumble out with ease, and can be anywhere on the spectrum :  What is Time?  Should I have a fruit punch or grape flavor? Why is there no half-sun?  They are all fair game. … Continue reading “Why is our sky not green?”

A Medley of Hope

When I started reading to the children in my son’s elementary school classroom, I was a little worried. I could see the little tiles in the zoom classroom when I explained the theme I had planned out for that morning. I had planned Poetry and paired a fiction book by Dr Seuss with a non-fiction … Continue reading “A Medley of Hope”

Love, Acceptance & Gumption

Rarely do the skies reflect our inner turmoils so accurately. The past few days have been a strange time in that respect. The wildfires in California have been giving us days of poor air & light quality. The first day dawned with the daughter waking us up looking excited. “Oh look how beautiful the light … Continue reading “Love, Acceptance & Gumption”