Friday, February 13, 2015

Where did my babies go?







Warm cuddly nights

A tiny hand wrapped around my finger
Baby hands reaching out for me
A spark of recognition in a bright pair of eyes
A toothless smile
Uncertain feet staggering around
A lisped out 'mama'
A tight hug after the first day at school
An invisible hurt that needed a caress

The best of time.

Then they grew up and all of that seemed a dream. 

'I can make my own ponytail,' she insists.
'No hugs at the bus stop, please mama,' says he.
'You don't need to watch us while we play,' they roll their eyes!
No longer do they follow me around. 
No longer am I needed all the while.

Where did my 'babies' go?

And then I see..

A half tucked in t-shirt needing attention.
'Combed' hair that refuses to sit.
A small hand tightening in mine as a dog strays too close
The call of 'Come na ma' as they dance to crazy music
A 'You have to read this one, mama.'
A 'just like that' hug when I least expect it

That's when I find them again.

Yes they'll need me - 
For cheering at the football match
For clapping at their graduation
For blowing up when they stay out late
For celebrating their first jobs
For crying at their weddings
For pampering their children
For that hug they'll want but might not ask for

Yes they'll need me always
and they'll remain ... my babies.

Always!

Sending out warm wishes to everyone on Valentine's Day. Hope you have a warm and wonderful time with your loved ones.

41 comments:

  1. This is beautiful Tulika...I think every mom feels this way...I know my mom does...she tells us how she wonders where did my two daughters go and that how she misses us...

    A very warm and heart touching one

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    1. Thanks Naba. Children are very very special.

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  2. My parents, especially my Mom seems to see us grown adults as "children" and we will always be that in her eyes...hopefully not 'babies' though only as a term of endearment, of course! ;) <3

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    1. Lol Elly, mine are already protesting when I call them 'babies' in public.

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  3. AWWWW, you just made me cry. I hope you're happy!! Seriously, beautifully written and how absolutely true!

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  4. Tulika, this is so so apt for Valentine's Day. I am tearing up as I write this, such lovely lines!!

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    1. Thank you Aparna. All mums are softies I think.

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  5. Aww! This was so beautiful. I think for parents, children will always be children even if they are adults and likewise, children will always need their parents irrespective of their age!

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    1. Absolutely right. The twins are at the stage when they are only beginning to enjoy their new found independence. Can be a heady experience.

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  6. Tulika, you are amazing! Your poem brought a lump in my throat. Loved every word you have weaved so gently, with so much love for your babies. . Beautiful indeed!

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    1. Thanks Shilpa. Love is an emotion everyone can identify with.

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  7. TIme.. why do we have to grow up

    beautiful poem mam...

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    1. Agree wholeheartedly. Sometimes I wish I could turn the clock.

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  8. Aww...Tulika!! I have a lump in my throat and missing my mum!

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    1. That was the idea. Go talk to her :-). Happy Valentine's Day.

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  9. so heart warming. Our kids will be kids forever.

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    1. Absolutely. It's tough to explain that to a growing tween!

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  10. This is such a nice post...while a part of thinks oh there is going to be no respite from motherhood duties...I would have it no other way...lovely writing tulika

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    1. You said it Gowri. Despite all the trouble they cause, children are priceless.

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  11. My 5 year doesn't like to be called 'baby' and speaks in long complete paragraphs... Here I just want to slow it all down a wee bit! Very well written Tulika...

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    1. Yeah, time seems to be flying by too fast. Thanks Srobona.

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  12. Wow !! that is one beautiful poem excellently written and one that everyone could relate with.

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  13. Lovely sentiment and I think every parent considers their children to be "their babies", no matter how old they are. ☺

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    1. Yes they do. It's the kids who start to think they're all grown up.

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  14. Beautifully penned, Tulika. Their needs change with them. They are not that dependent but moms are always special. Wish you a very happy Valentine's Day as well.

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    1. Thanks Rachna. I well agree with you. I still call my mom almost everyday.

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  15. Naaawwww.... such a sweet poem! Children are always babies to their parents. Even at 60. x

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    1. Thanks Sanch. There are times when as a mom I get a twinge of "OMG they don't want me around" but in the larger picture it feels good that need me in different ways.

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  16. Aww.... so lovely! :) Happy Valentine's!!!!

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    1. Thanks TTT. Hope you had a good day today.

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  17. How sweet!
    They grow up too soon.

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  18. Sweet post!!! I pray that they are self-reliant and then I pray that they need me just a teensy bit!! :)

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    1. That's exactly how I feel. It really is such a mixed feeling.

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  19. Beautifully written!! I hope my little girl never feels she can't hug me, when she wants to!! :)

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    1. Yeah, me too. I hope I am always there for them.

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    1. Yay!!! Thanks BlogAdda. The twins are good for me. :-).

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