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Here They Come

by Renuka Sharma
(Kalyan, Maharashtra,India)

I would be lying if I say that I anticipate ‘peace’ when my ‘angels' reach home after a tiring day at school. Tiring not because they are overburdened by the syllabus or perhaps their load of school bag which resembles more like a mountaineer’ s kitbag, but the whole day’s toil , the herculean task of not picking up a fight with the school-mates. Every school day, I pray to all my deities for safety and sanity the safety of my kids when they are out of my sight, sent on a mission to accomplish the art of learning and sanity of their poor mother who waits with baited breath that her sweet angels will come back home without a single crib or complaint.


My thirteen year old daughter has self assigned the noble task to ‘protect’ her baby brother three and a half years younger to her, whenever she would sense that he is being troubled by anyone. Her intentions are commendable, without a doubt, but who can explain this to her younger brother. He already finds God’s unjust ways to have sent his Di before him. He cannot see any sense why he has to be the younger of the two kids his parents chose to have. Had he been born as the first child, he would have enjoyed more love, more photographs of him would have been clicked, more so he would have enjoyed the highly esteemed status of ‘bade bhaiyya’ or the elder brother as addressed in the northern part of our country. So much loss just because Di had to be born before he could arrive and that too by few years.

Di has her share of grievances. She had prayed to God for a baby brother not for a complaint box, she says. Little does she remember that she was always taught by the elders in the family to pray for a bhai, before she could even know who exactly ‘bhai’ is. She cares for him so doesn’t think twice before chiding him in front of his class-mates. How can she be so irresponsible not to amend him, be it his forgetfulness of not washing his hands before gorging on the contents of his tiffin box, or leaving his shoe laces open for the umpteenth time. She knows her brother is a brilliant student and so must he look a tad bit smart too.

Not that they never come home happy after school. The day they are filled with utmost joy is the one when they receive party from their ‘rickshaw wale uncle’. They seem to have touched the limits of the sky, having been successful to obtain a treat of ‘vada paav’ and a packet of 'frooti’ to quench their ever unquenchable thirst. So excited they both are that they completely forget their vow of not having any ‘packaged’ drink. The mere joy of eating together with their rickshaw mates, screaming together at the top of their voices, singing inspirational bollywood numbers bring them unexplainable thrill.

My experience is nowhere different from so many mothers of school going children I know. We mothers can neither be at ease when kids are sitting quietly nor can we tolerate them noising around the house, many of you will agree. Interestingly enough we tend to forget that our mothers too had a similar plight when we were growing up. So it becomes very imperative for us mothers to accept that this is a part of the beautiful journey of motherhood where we nurture ‘the apples of our eyes’. So let us enjoy this journey without complaining of a splitting headache when ‘the apples of our eyes’ make us ‘go bananas’ over their spats and squabbles. At least to keep our sanity intact, we need to take a chill pill even when our angels howl and shrill. So I hope and wish that every mother triumphs over this great and noble task of bringing up her ‘angels’ without any quibble. Nevertheless this is the reason why mothers have always been glorified and eulogised since times immemorial and will continue to be so.


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Aug 16, 2016
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Excellent read
by: Swarnalee

I loved it. So beautifully depicted a mother's feelings. Joy, fear, concern etc. Excellent...

Oct 26, 2015
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awesome
by: Name

I simply loved it

Jul 15, 2013
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by: Renuka Sharma

Thanks Sibby for liking my experiences with my kids :) I know how well you must be relating to it...yes the youngest in the family has to be treated as the eldest ;)

Jul 04, 2013
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Every mom's story...
by: Sibby

Brilliant. Precisely my story in ur words... Definitely relate 2 d sibling fights. Except dat my younger 1 is more older dan d elder 1...

Jun 05, 2013
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by: Renuka Sharma

Thank you so much Soma !! I am so happy that you have enjoyed reading my experiences :)

Jun 05, 2013
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by: Renuka Sharma

Thanks Manoshi !! This is an endeavour of mine to express a mother's journey of bringing up her kids :)

Jun 05, 2013
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by: Renuka Sharma

Thank you so much Tanuja Chatterjee !!! I am so glad you could relate to my experiences :)Your lovely comments have encouraged me a lot :)

Jun 04, 2013
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MOMS EXPERIENCE
by: SOMA BANERJEE ROY

Dii...u have written so beautifully...touched my heart...each n every mom should read this...

Jun 02, 2013
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by: Renuka Sharma

Thanks dear sister Amy Dhillon :)I am so glad you enjoyed reading my work :))

Jun 02, 2013
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by: Renuka Sharma

A big thank you to my hubby dear Kishore Kumar Sharma for patting my back always :) I look forward to get more encouragement from you :-))

Jun 02, 2013
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by: Renuka Sharma

Neeta Bhabhiji thanks a lot for the appreciation.I am glad you liked my work.I do hope to write more, please keep blessing :)

Jun 02, 2013
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by: Renuka Sharma

Thanks for your lovely comments Anamika !! I am sure you must be having such wonderful experiences with your 'Anmol Ratans' too :)

Jun 02, 2013
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by: Anonymous

Thanks Ma'am Pushpa Raghuram :) Your words of encouragement mean a lot to me !!

Jun 01, 2013
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excellent
by: mansi

well written...well depicts a mother's concern for her children and a sister's attention for her brother

Jun 01, 2013
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by: Renuka Sharma

@Paromita thanks a lot for your lovely comments
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Jun 01, 2013
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by: Renuka Sharma

@Robbie thanks a lot for such awesome comments :)

Jun 01, 2013
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by: Renuka Sharma

@Nuggehallipankaja Ma'am Thank you so much for your lovely comments...I am overwhelmed actually :)

May 31, 2013
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by: Renuka Sharma

Thanks Ashima !! I am so happy you liked reading my experiences with 'my angels' :-))

May 29, 2013
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Pat your back and say 'Well done!"
by: Tanuja Chatterjee

Hi!
Thank You for your lovely write up. Reclaiming the memories from my land of lost content, opened the flood gates of emotions. I enjoyed every moment of it.

May 29, 2013
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Meliflous
by: Amy Dhillon

Its a wonderful narrative essay ..i liked d use of certain expressions like "go bananas" n quench d unquenchable thirst....ya its a pretty creative piece. ..

May 29, 2013
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Excellent
by: KishoreKumar Sharma

Beautifully written feelings of a mother. Keep up the good work, the best is still awaited. "Yeh Dil Mange More".

May 29, 2013
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the best is yet to come....
by: neeta

Bravo Renu, this all I can say for now. You have excelled urself and I am ardently waiting for many more such heart touching snippets to come from u. Keep up the good work.

May 29, 2013
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excellent write by a wonderful mother
by: anamika seth

very nicely weaved write based on daily based experience...renuka just keep on writing,waiting for your naughty tots next 'BADMASHIYAN' :)and ofcourse,next time please mantion the bollywood item number also ;)

May 28, 2013
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Here They Come
by: Pushpa Raguram

Well written. The day to day's thoughts and turmoils of a mother is well captured. Thanks for sharing . Keep writing.

May 28, 2013
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Beautiful
by: Paromita Bardoloi

I just loved it. It is straight from a mother's heart!

May 28, 2013
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Pure love
by: Robbie Gautam

Very nicely written by an absolutely amazing mother. No words can explain this. Awesome awesome awesome. =)

May 28, 2013
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meaningful!
by: nuggehallipankaja

The writing is so very natural! A mother' mixed
feelings and the sibling's tiffs.The undercurrent of humor makes one feel that the writer has talent in that field also.

May 28, 2013
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A mother's feelings for her *angels*
by: Ashima tiwari

beautifully written by a superb mother with mind blowing way of expression and a pure heart ♥♥♥♥♥♥

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