Thursday, May 10, 2012

From a mother to a mother...

When my son's homework on mother's day came in with the following brochure below, feels like an apt thing to re-post in my son's birthday week...
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my first reaction was -- oh! no...when am I going to get the time to climb this Mt. Everest (with the daily grind and constant deadline that life has become). Yet, the more I looked at this brochure the more I felt like this is a topic close to my heart...K2 is the person who made me change in ways that seem dramatic even to me :
Picture this - the week before I learnt about K2, I was on a plane travelling to 4 continents ( New Zealand -SFO-London-Mumbai-Singapore-SFO), life for me was portfolio reviews, customer meetings, really nice dinners after customer meetings, nice dinners with K1 in the weekend and of course counting the career rungs climbed and the number left to climb, breakfast skipped, dinner out sourced, no 401 K....you get the picture...I loved my life and yet that year, I knew I was ready to be a "mother"...what exactly that meant I didn't know.
K2 was overdue two days -- all I remember of my pregnancy was how easy he made it for me -- I worked till the last day and K2 graciously waited till the weekend morning to announce his presence...I won't say K2's  entry was an easy one -- it was damnably one of the hardest things I have had to do in my life (and as usual K2 preferred doing things in reverse...in this case feet first)...for the first time in my life I felt out of control and I was ok with it. When I held my little boy I oscillated between sheer panic and sheer exhilaration...the acceptance that life as I knew it had changed came months later.
K2 : You put things into balance in my life, you made me acknowledge what was really important and you make my life more complete...
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My hope for you is that you enjoy and cherish every moment of life because everything fades beyond the  fact that you live once...be that kite that flies freely and fearlessly in the sky and I will try not to be afraid of the great heights and be the anchor that you can always come back to...you taught me what "unconditional love" and being a mother really means and for that I Thank You!

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