17 summers…

41 thoughts on “17 summers…”

    1. Thank you so much for reading and sharing your views on this. Really helps to know that it gets better. Thanks for sharing your friends experiences. I will have my younger one for company though… Hope I sail through cherishing this year well.

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  1. Kalpana, I hear you… very clearly. Coz everything you said resonated with me. Felt as if you had poured my heart out. Believe its because I’m sailing in the same boat as yours and another year, my elder one will fly out of the nest. As you mentioned, I’m enjoying the phase and living every moment, contemplating the parting in future.
    Straight from heart post!

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    1. Thank you so much Anagha. It’s heartening to know my post resonated with you and to know I have someone with me, sailing in the exact same boat (so to speak). Thank you for reading and reaching out to me. It really helped. So glad to have connected with you.

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  2. Very well written ! I think it is a part of life for us and a part of growing up for our children. We will be proud of them when they become totally independent and confident. So this leaving the nest is necessary for them, though heart breaking for us as parents! Hope to see many more of your write ups!

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    1. Thank you so much Radha mam. I know coming from you, its a sound advice…because you speak from experience. I know this is essential for them, yes I do. Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts here. Really helps and means so much!

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  3. Just trying one more time – unfortunately, I didn’t save a copy of my comment, and can’t reconstruct it now. But do enjoy them while they’re young – the time passes quickly. And remember your own parents. Pick up the phone, go visit… follow the Golden Rule, eh?

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    1. Absolutely Holly. I hear ya… I had written a post on the same lines for my parents too… I am just so happy you could post your comment here after some struggle. I completely understand the frustration of constructing a thoughtful reply and then not able to post it… Ughhh… And for that your comment is very special to me. Thank you so much ❤️❤️

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  4. That was straight from the heart to the heart Kalpana. I am sure to look at the mess that my kids will create when they get back from school today in a different light. Hope they don’t ask me “what happened to you mom. Hope all is well. ” 🙂
    And a reminder of 17 summers was a very good way of telling how little time we have…with them..

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    1. Thank you Deepa. I am so glad my post resonated with you. And yeah funnily enough another friend of mine experienced just that ( after a heated discussion with her son she mellowed down quickly as she read my post and her son threw a quizzical look and asked her if she was feeling okay) kids…they know us so well. But yeah… I know what you mean. It’s a reminder all right… And so glad to have connected with you through this post.

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  5. Your thoughts are so heart warming. I am so happy that I read it. It contains so much more wisdom than a parenting blog. Amazingly written.
    We moms loose so much of precious time taking care of nitty gritties. Instead start cherishing your limited number of years with your kids.

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    1. That is so very generous and kind of you to say that Jaya. I am so glad we connected. We do get so bogged down by some very petty, nitty-gritty stuff (as you rightly put it) that we lose perspective of the bigger picture. Thank you so much for stopping by and sharing your thoughts with me. Means a lot!

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  6. What a delightful post, Kalpana! Seeing the joy in the messy moments is what keeps parents going, for, despite the upheavals that children cause, there comes a time when they will be missed because they are living their own lives.

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    1. Thank you so much for those kind words. I am so glad you liked it. And it is So True Deepti…You said it! No matter what, we are going to miss them when they are out chasing their dreams…So we better look beyond the mess and look at the wonderful memories we create with them.

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