During a blissful, 1 year stint in Portland, OR, we attended a church in which the priest’s benediction included this poignant line, “Go out into the world and practice love.” Parenting has been my truest attempt to practice love. It has filled me and transformed me in ways I never imagined. It is a concerted effort to be the best person I can be, to teach my daughter the ways of the world, and to listen and learn from her every step of the way. Thus, I am constantly editing myself, proofreading my tone and spoken words and in every moment, practicing, rehearsing and trying to live in love as I now have a wee one’s watchful eyes constantly upon me.
My one and only little girl is a whirlwind- expressing joy, frustration, love, and even humor through her physicality. She inspires me everyday – to persevere, to look at the world in wonderment, to run more and sit less, to live fearlessly, to love our neighbors, and to hold tightly to the things that mean the most, especially chocolate chip cookies!
I am a dreamer. I dreamt of finding love in an incredible partner. I dreamt of children. I dream of doing work that moves in me and moves in the world. It has not been a seamless journey, but more like a trip to Ithaka. I am a mother to a firecracker little girl and a wife to an artful and tender man. Through this site, I hope to share our parenthood journey – one filled with lots of laughs, sweetness, frustrations, big insights, and one that brings me to my knees in humility and gratitude. All that I ever dreamed of doing and changing in this world, I am able to do in my small corner, in my home, and with my family. I am finally learning the important lesson that it’s all how you look at it.
In the pre-baby years, I worked in public health programs, both domestic and international. Seeing children near death due to malnutrition and young mothers’ valiant efforts at caring for their babies with such limited resources has given me the blessing of perspective as I struggle with my own big and small daily challenges.
For now, I am enjoying precious moments like sitting on the sidewalk with my daughter, creating various routes for the ants to take on their journey into the garden. I am simply awestruck at the profundity of my day to day experiences with her. This is what life is all about. Wonderment. Discovery. Loving. And did I already mention chocolate chip cookies?
In my earliest years, writing was a lifeline to my first home. I was raised in India by my grandparents until I was four. After moving to the U.S., my grandfather and I exchanged letters for my entire childhood. The deep longing to reconnect is embedded in my being and writing is one way that I bridge this gap.
I hope you will enjoy these stories, poems, articles, and other offerings. I look forward to our exchanges in the days to come. “To the world, you may be one person, but to one person, you may be the world” (Unknown). We are definitely their world and they are surely ours.
In Love & Solidarity,