Musings

Elves And Santa. Faith And Joy.

It is a little after 5:00 am. My cooker is warming up and I am mulling what goes on the stove next when I think I hear footsteps. Not the kind I associate with Saathi but something softer, intentional. Fairly certain it is Pattu sneaking up on me, I turn. Saathi is tip-toeing, a bright […]

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Family, Love, Musings, vacation

Vacation Tales

We (my children and I) returned from a ten-day trip to Texas late last night. Exhaustion had us sleeping well into the morning. All day today I unpacked and prepped for the week ahead. Milk boiled away in anticipation of making curds. The grinder whirred all evening making a fine silky batter of rice and […]

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Christmas, holidays, Musings, Tradition

Feeling A Lot Like Christmas

I stand at my kitchen island, an array of things spread in front of me. I work my way methodically. Greeting card first, a thoughtful note inside, a gift card taped to one side, a pashmina shawl folded to fit into a small organza bag, a tiny candy sampler. I knot and tie each back, […]

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Culture, Halloween, holidays, Tradition

Happy Hauntings!

Over the years, Halloween is a holiday that has crept up on us. Pre-kids, Saathi and I gave out candy religiously and turned the lights out at about 8:00 PM. With the arrival of Ammu and Pattu, we gave in and got costumes for the kids and reveled in the pumpkin art they brought home […]

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Family, Happiness, Home, Life, Musings

Through the eyes of a child

Letting the brightly colored top spin away on top of our rather battered coffee table, it was a treat to watch my young niece. She watched it with fascination from afar. Sensing the top move towards her she instinctively moved away clinging to her mom, eyes always on it. Doing it over and over again […]

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