Sid can compete with Maggie Noodles where dressing up is concerned.
The exercise consists of snatching the first pair of clothes that falls in his line of vision; this lesser activity multi tasked with more important activities that usually involve a bat and a ball. The rest of the grooming routine usually requires gentle or loud reminders from one of his parents.
So we were as shocked as he was when he was shortlisted for a Fashion Show at school – the proceeds of which will be used to fund the education of underprivileged children in India.
That evening I caught him staring at the mirror spiking his spiky hair.
By the next morning, I was concerned. He had brought out the entire cupboard on full display matching t-shirts with pants as I am usually known to do.
Later that evening, we sat in the audience and watched him walk the ramp along with his partner, pausing to pose and give a half-smile before making an exit.
On our way back home, he was full of excited banter about the fun time backstage and his new friends.
As soon as we got home, he rushed into the washroom without a reminder. As I looked out of the window to check if the Sun had miraculously set in the East, he appeared to be relieved having washed off the hair gel and make up.
My son was back to being his disheveled self, ready to curl up with a book.
Every experience – the good, the not-so-good and awesome childhood experiences contribute to making our children the adult that they become; developing values that will anchor them to safety whenever the storms of uncertainty and change threaten while reinforcing a solid foundation to building a fulfilling life.
As a mother, I wish to drag my children back into the protective embrace of my womb, but I remind myself that the my greatest gift to them will be the wings of experience that will help them learn to fly high and drink life to the very lees as we guide them unhindered by the weight of our dreams and expectations reliving the fun, silliness and joys of childhood with them.
Wishing you all a Happy Sunday!