Keepsake Project 001: Chalk Art Photos

KT has beautifully transitioned from being a toddler to now a sweet little girl and big sister. I can already see a very responsible young lady in the making! She’s extremely careful with her things… And mine! Even if I miss place things, she will make sure its kept in its place.

Once I almost freaked out when I realized I left my wallet at a friend’s house which is almost 20 kms away. But thanks to my girl, she had kept it in her bag and brought it safely home 馃檪

When something goes missing, she tells me, “mamma, I will find it for you. I am good at finding things!”

She now has a few bags and a handbag that friends and family gifted her. In her handbag she has a mobile (an ancient Motorola one that is unusable!), a handkerchief, a coin purse with a few coins (she keeps her offertory money in it) and a lip balm! She and her handbag are inseparable! I hope I have not passed on my craze for bags!

She has also become verbal with her affection and admiration. A month ago, she told my mom, “your daughter is beautiful!” That’s just what I needed to hear to boost my self esteem, which was practically running on its all time low!

Recently, when I did something nice for her, she said, “thanks mamma! You are good, beautiful and precious!” My heart swooned!

I can’t thank God enough for entrusting me with two angels! Just watching them grow is a indescribable blessing!

Here’s something I really enjoyed doing with KT this month on my parents terrace –

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A Few Things She Says

KT is in a stage where she is beginning to categorize things and people as good and bad. For eg. when I say too much ice cream is bad for her throat she says, “No mama. Ice cream is good. It’s tasty!” Whoever raises the voice at home becomes ‘bad’. The person who insists to do what she refuses to do is bad, while the person who reluctantly gives into her demands becomes ‘Chellam. Good mama/dada!”聽followed by a peck on the cheek!

That was the case until recently.

Lately she has begun to gauge a person’s goodness differently. This applicable only for strangers we come across on the road, supermarkets, church.. just anywhere outside home. She will see someone looking at her and tell me, “Mamma, akka smile at KT. Good akka!” or sometimes with a sad face, “Uncle not smile at KT. Baaaaaad uncle!”

Wish it took something as simple as a smile to differentiate a good person from a bad person! That’s how innocent and oblivious a child is to a world of deception!

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I’m beginning to teach her to do things on her own – eat herself, put on her own clothes, shoes, etc. All my instructions end with the statement, “KT is now a B-I-G girl. She is T-H-R-E-E years old!”聽

She replies, “No mama. KT smaaaaall girl!” and walks away ignoring me.

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She is growing up to be sensitive to other’s feelings. Especially those close to her. And I love it when she tries to offer little words of comfort.

“Don’t worry, mama. KT there, okay?”

“No problem. Smile. KT get you water!” when I cough or pretend to be sick.

The other day, my nephew D, KT’s cousin dropped a bowl of rasam in the kitchen and walked into the room with a sullen face. KT went close to him and said, “Don’t cry. KT there okay? KT clean all rasam! Smile!”

This is the kind of girl I want KT to be as she grows – considerate, comforting and doing what she can to help those around her.