Hello! Ain’t the rains lovely in Mumbai? Mumbai monsoons have arrived and it’s been raining the whole weekend. But I would like nothing better than to be wrapped up in warm bedsheets with the curtains pulled down. I would part the curtains a little just to let enough light, to read my novel ‘Such a Long Journey’ by Rohinton Mistry.
It is a beautiful image. I did start off on the book. But, couldn’t really be tucked in bed. The change of seasons, from very hot to rainy and cool, has brought in a host of viral infections. The week had started with my elder one having a viral fever, recovering, and then the younger one catching it. Since, he needs ‘amma’ a lot more, I have been with him the whole weekend. Holding him, putting him to sleep, giving him those awful medicines. He missed his birthday celebrations and also his first day of school. For the 10-year-old, not able to celebrate his birthday has been the saddest part.
On my shopping trips and other trips, my son’s friends have been asking about him and sent over messages to wish him for his birthday. Well dear, we will surely make up for it the next weekend when you are better, I promised him.
This week was another milestone for my older son who is touching 16 soon. He made his first solo trip on the Mumbai local train to meet his cousins. I guess, it is time to let go of the apron strings now. I was elated and a bit sad too. Elated, as I felt, my little boy has grown up. Sad, he may not need mommy for everything now. So, let me hold on to my little one some more. Time flies and before I know it, he may also soon make those solo trips.
Over the weekend, I pruned my plants, gave the soil some airing and replanted. I have sowed some vegetable seeds for the first time and hope to grow more of my own.
And lastly, for the Mumbai rains, put up a clothes line inside, for drying clothes. As nothing can stop the Mumbai monsoon, when it pours.
Hope you had a good weekend too!