Saturday, December 1, 2007

Sunday Scribblings - The Walk

Hi...
I have a new illness! Everytime I take up the virtual pen to write a blog, I seem to develop this profound seriousness and come up with sad stories to write about..
I saw the prompt from Sunday Scribblings - Walk, and came up with a blog on a lady's walk of life.. her struggles, woes and fight for success against fate. It is a touching tale, and maybe I will post it later but today sagas like this are not my cuppa tea!
So thinking of pleasanter things...


I think of Nantu's first steps. Nantu took his time to walk. My MIL lamented everyday since he turned 11 months "Oh when will this boy walk!" We forbade her to try and make him walk with luring him or holding hands...
So he took his own sweet time. He wouldn't even walk holding furniture. Only in his crib wud he walk.. He ofcourse was a master at crawling, and even climbed full flights of stairs on hands and knees.. so I think in his mind there was no necessity to walk.
Then it happened.. when Nantu was 1 Year and a month old. Sadly MIL had gone to her hometown and was not around to watch that. On that day he held onto the bed and walked around it. Then the same day, he let go and walked upto me... I was so shocked! Here I had never seen my son attempt to walk at all, and all in one day he walks like he had been doing that for long!!
His first walk was a penguin style walking... with hands held apart.. to balance. I would thrust something in his held out hand and immediately he wud sit down... haha!! Needless to say I had so much fun with this (Mean Mommy!! Yeah)
Then slowly he got more confident.. and soon started running.. it seemed the running would never stop.. I lost weight running behind him.. I would grow dog tired.. but he would still be running!!

Now its at his worst.. he neither walks nor runs.. he jumps, climbs and tumbles...
As I watch him engage in rough play with dad... tumbling about.. I think of the day not so long ago (was it really only 2 years ago?) when he took his first step!

<12/2/2007>I wrote a poem on this at Baby Steps. It has been ages since I wrote poetry.. used this oppurtunity to give it a revival. Hope you like it, please give me your honest feedback.

19 comments:

paisley said...

seems like he knew how all along,, but as you say felt no need... very cute story!!!!

Thinking aloud said...

isn't that such a special feeling when he walked his first step..i remember swaraj dojng that...i felt like calling up my neighbours to watch this 'breaking news'... i did it too, the minute they got up :))

aww..preethi,you always send me on a memory trip...thanks..

Vishnupriya Janardhanan said...

that's a really cute post... the penguin style , thathaka buthaka was really adorable wasn't it?

venkatakrishnan said...

This reminds me of the good old days when you were less than a year and we underwent similar experience:....

Hip Grandma said...

He must have wanted to surprise you by walking when you least expected him to do so.

Rob Kistner said...

That was an endearing post... ;)

tumblewords said...

What a sweet story! Kids are the best things...

Goodnight, Mom said...

My daugter took her first steps this week. What a great post.

UL said...

Just caught up on some of your posts, esp. liked this and the one on misspent youth - very nicely written, thanks for sharing.

UL

Preethi said...

Paisley - Yeah amazing isnt it... my son did this to me on so many things!!!
TA - Yes isnt it so special to see them learn to do everything we take for granted?
Vish - It was... and that was teh word I was looking for "thathaka buthaika"
Venkat - So nice to read your comment :) Good old days indeed... and see I was faster than Nantu!!
HG - Yes and I was surprised all right. You should have seen me gawking!
Rob - Thanks, and thanks for visiting.
Tumble words - Yes they are.. they
brighten up our life dont they (not to mention give me inspiration to blog!)
GM - WOW!! I do envy you, I miss those wonderful days of something exciting happening every day!
UL - Thank you for visiting and reading.

rayshma said...

that's quite a heartwarming post... :)

Prats said...

Oh, so sweet...it was my sons all over...I can understand "the lure him to walk bit"...we did that too and with my younger one, it was like....no way am I going to even try.....i'm happier as long he is still.....but that was cute...ur take on his first steps..And from here I go to the poetry blog....

gautami tripathy said...

Kids are like that..:D

gautami

Sumana said...

Nice poem preethi. My son who is 7 months old just rolls over the whole place. He can hardly sit unsupported for long. My daughter was very quick. So i too keep asking him innocently, why don't you do this and that. But i know a day like that will come by soon and we wonder the former was better. Have fun.

DotMom said...

Chip was a late walker too and now I can't belive that he jumps and tumbles and is a regular explorer. guess, it doesn't matter in the long run!

Fuzzylogic said...

Aren't those penguin walks cutest?I remember Ina doing it and now shifted to a drunken gait when she is sleepy which this wicked mom here too enjoys:):)

Preethi said...

All,
Thanks for sharing your experiences with your kids walk.. thats so special and no matter how old they grow, I am sure we will all remember their first steps!

Parul said...

That is such a cute story. I am seeing Adi crawl, sort of , these days and I am waiting for the day he would start walking and the fun will start!!

Great blog!! First time but will be back.

P_H_O_E_N_I_X_X said...

awwhh! tht was reli cute :) and read the Baby Steps poem too... was cuter ;)

i've posted a snippet from gud ol' college days... wud be gud 2 read som of ur collg memories too :D

cheers,tcz