First day of school

Today Ms Papaya and Little Po started their first day of school.

Last night Ms Papaya was too excited to sleep. After four months holiday, she couldn’t wait to get back to school . Just before she fell asleep she told me that she wanted ‘limboo paani’ in her water bottle and some nachni chips , badam and raisins in her snack box.

Funnily enough this morning I got this message from my school Whatsapp group.

Many of my classmates are grandparents ( one of them has a 12 year old !) and we often discuss the way our grandchildren are being brought up .

I suppose our parents were shocked at how we brought up our kids and our grandparents horrified by the way we were brought up.

From the benign neglect of my grandparents ( my parents tell me that their parents never had to drop and pick them from school as they walked there . They never had to meet teachers and never had to pack lunch boxes) to the more concerned parenting of my parents’ generation , parenting has transitioned to a complete scientific study involving spreadsheets and counselling services.

But somethings remain the same – new school uniforms, new shoes, a snack box and bottle and that apprehension on both sides as we stand at the bus stop and wave the little ones goodbye.

Today when I picked up the little ones from school, it struck me that Wow Dinga is already a big boy. Two years into school, he is already one tooth down and thrilled to be the big brother on the bus that will take his siblings to HIS school .

It won’t be long before I attend their college graduations and remember with nostalgia their first day of school.


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A granny who always sees the humour in life and tries to do things differently. When others make cupcakes, this granny makes banana fritters. When she’s not busy chasing her grandchildren who love making her run around, she indulges in her passions of reading, writing, meeting friends and watching movies. And somewhere between all this she enjoys travelling and cooking!

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10 Responses

  1. Damyanti says:

    Such a moving post. And yes, they’ll grow up so fast.

    • Unishta says:

      They already seem so grown up! Today I asked them what the day was like and they said “good”. I asked them what they did and they said’ nothing”. How different from last year when they came back home with stories of who did what and where.

  2. These years seem to go by so fast. I was shocked to know my Mbbs batchmates had kids in 9th standard now. In my mind, I was still stuck with the images in my head of them studying beside me in library.

  3. Shilpa Gupte says:

    Awww, how cute!
    I remember mum telling me how, when they were kids, their parents didn’t even know which classes they took, or whether they took their lunch boxes with them, or anything school-related, for that matter! And, today, as you said, parenting is all about growing up along with your children! 😛

  4. Rajlakshmi says:

    Isn’t it the amazing time of their lives? They would have so many stories to tell. I guess earlier the food quality was much better and the world as a whole didn’t have too much crime like human trafficking. I remember walking back from school alone.
    Loved the comparison photo you shared. It’s so true.
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  5. Suzy says:

    You took me back to our schooldays and to first days of school for both my kids. Loved the picture.
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