Growing Pains

In place of tears

is now the constant stinging-

of a perpetual wound gaping,

They mourn the loss

of their childhood

and like Alice grown twice her size-

grapple with growing pains

that never cease to end.

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Monday Rambles – One Lovely Blog Award

Monday is here, the beginning of a new week. Since Monday is all about Keeping It Short and Simple ( my version of KISS) and since this blog is called ‘The Showcase’ guess its time I revealed an award that has been standing proudly on my imaginary blog mantlepiece for a couple of weeks. Its high time I thanked my fellow bloggers who nominated me for the award and so here I go –

So I was at Amanda’s ‘Big fat award ceremony‘ she said the whole event would be something in the lines of a Big fat Greek wedding and Oh, it was a grand event alright! With a fancy cat on the drums while we waited with bated breath to hear the nominees, the unlimited champagne that flowed the whole night and the dancing that followed – despite the fact that I have two left feet and kept bumping and crashing into people (sorry Zareen, Hugh, Ron) I had a jolly good time..Thank you so much for the ‘One Lovely Blog Award’

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I would like to thank-

1. Ronovan of ronovanwrites.wordpress.com for nominating me for the award. Ronovan or Ron as we call him writes from the heart. The kind of person who can write about just about any topic under the sun and strives to always put out his best. He is an encourager and a teacher and has been one of my biggest motivators and supporters as a newbie in blogging. Despite the demands cast on him because of his health he continues to inspire and has now come out with a new blog litworldinterviews.wordpress.com which showcases authors and tips and tricks on how to become a published author..please do go check him out.

2. Amanda of insidethelifeofmoi.wordpress.com needs absolutely no introduction.Her style of writing has been nothing short of inspirational. What I love about Amanda’s writing is that it tugs at your heartstrings and at the same time tickles your funny bone…there have been occasions I have read Amanda’s blog and laughed so hard I’ve been in pain in places I never knew existed..no wonder her stellar readership..Thank you Amanda!

3. Zareen of Orange Shoes Talking my go – to  funny lady..this young lady’s sense of humour never ceases to amaze me. She always succeeds at leaving me in splits with her funny take on the goings on in her life..I absolutely love following her and am always happy to see her comments and feedback on my blog..thank you so much darling for the positive strokes!

Now for the rules of the award:

1)You must thank the person who nominated you and provide a link to their blog

2) You must list the rules and display the award

3) You must add 7 facts about yourself

4) You must nominate 15 other bloggers and comment on one of their posts, letting them know they have been nominated

5) You must display the award logo and follow the blogger who nominated you

From the looks of it Rules 1,2 and 5 have been covered..moving on to 3 and 4

7 Facts about me:

1. The only pets I’ve ever had were five  budgerigars a.k.a budgies a.k.a love birds owing to the fact that growing up I was allergic to dogs and cats. One afternoon as my mother was cleaning out the cage, just months after I had got them they all flew away.

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2. I know its weird but I love soggy biscuits..I love getting a glass of milk (or water when I get calorie conscious..;D) and fill it up with biscuits (Oreos are the best but you could use any boring cookie) and then scooping up the yummy deliciousness with a spoon…its my comfort food..sorry if I’ve grossed anyone out with this revelation.

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3. I used to be deathly scared of slides when I was a child. I always imagined myself as falling off from the highest point at a trajectory and dying..Yes, I had a vivid imagination right from kindergarten..recently though I decided to overcome my fear and got on a slide with my daughter and it was still weird but once I got to the bottom I had to go again..

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4. Do- It- Yourself projects help me relax.

5. The first time I got my very own library membership was on my tenth birthday…I still remember it as a very happy day in my life.

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Thats not me. Thats Mindy Kaling.

6. I believe I bake ‘the- most – excellent Chocolate cake’ though the husband begs to differ.

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7. I love to laugh – then again who doesn’t?

My 15 nominees for the award

1. Eloise of Thoughts by Mello Ello : Author, Mother, Wife, Daughter she is such a wonderful human being and so talented not only does she write but she even illustrates some of her work.

2. Mihran of Mihran Kalaydjian : Talented artist and man who is never miserly when it comes to encouraging and complimenting other bloggers and artists..a lovely person.

3. Hugh of Hughsviewsnandnews : His blog posts are entertaining and engaging and his sincerety shines through in all his interactions.Simply love this guy,

4. Cassidy Frazee of  Wide awake but dreaming : She is such a tenacious and disciplined author. Devoted to her craft. I love her style and use of language.

5. Phen Weston darknesswarmth.wordpress.com : Love his heartfelt poems.

6. Jamila of  Divine Poetic Whispers ; Beautiful Jamila has a lovely blog with lots of beautiful photographs and lovely poems.

7. John of Storytime with John : Great stories and anecdotes shared with a touch of humour.

8. Lulu of Lulus poetry corner: Lovely friend I just love her spirit and the way her poems make me feel.

9. Teny of Movies of the Soul : Teny writes such detailed movie reviews its amazing!

10. Andy of The Wandering Poet : His blog has a lot of offer by way of his photography and his poems and the videos he shares.

11. Permacooking of Permacooking.com : Great tips on how to improve your lifestyle.I love visiting her site just because I feel enriched every time I do.

12. Jamal of  My success is your success : His passion shines through in his writing a lovely blog.

13. Serene of Ms. Tranquility  Beautiful lady with a unique point of view all expressed so beautifully through her poems.

14. Anu of Violets and Vanilla : Talented baker and such a lovely person.

15. Wendall A Brown of Where Words Come alive : He is an inspiration and his poems are truly heartfelt.

Monday rambles -Supermoon and Supermom

So its time for the Monday rambles! Yet another week starts and we step into the latter half of July..One word to describe a typical July afternoon – scorching heat..sorry two words..step out in the afternoons and you feel your skin burn.Sunscreen is definitely my best friend these days.

Did you see the ‘Supermoon’ on Friday? For those who didnt, the Super moon a.k.a the ‘perigee moon’ “is the closest approach of the moon on its elliptical orbit around the earth resulting in the largest apparent size of the lunar disk as seen from the earth” (courtesy Wikipedia) 

We were just returning after dinner Friday night and as we were driving back home after ice cream at Cold Stone we got this magnificent view of the moon over the mountains. Sure Ive seen a full moon before but what was so amazing was the apparent proximity and the view as we saw it –  this looming luminous disk right in the middle of two mountains..grey peaks set against the black night sky and there she shone this perfect round iridescent wonderment..Technically,it’s described as an optical illusion but the moon couldnt look any more real than it did that night.

The husband rushed back home, grabbed his camera and drove back to the ice cream place to get a shot of the view, only to realise that, at the end of all that frantic rushing up and down four flights of stairs he had forgotten to load the batteries!!..All hope is not lost. As per NASA the next supermoon will appear on August 10 and September 9. For the time being guess I’ll be happy feasting my eyes on the pictures posted online

next-supermoon-10-august-2014.jpg (558×456)Coming to the second part of my rambles. Am I a supermom? No, I don’t think so. Im just trying to be the best mum I possibly can. But I do know a couple of supermoms who raise their kids and manage full time jobs all on their own.Its wonderful to see them and looking at the way they’ve got it all down to a T is nothing short of inspiring.

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Looking back to how I used to be ten years ago, my twenty year old self would’ve balked and guffawed at the idea of kids..Kids were smelly trouble makers…as long as they were at a safe enough distance where they wouldn’t pull your hair, throw you off balance or swing things in your direction I would look and smile at them in fake admiration. I guess inspite of the fact that I had matured physically, emotionally I was just an immature child who couldn’t take care of herself and had neither the affinity nor the time to care for another human being.

This weekend a very dear friend of mine, D confirmed that she was expecting her first child and it was the best news I’ve heard from her in a long time. My twenty year old self would’ve thought that I had lost her now and that her life had come to an end..but as a mother myself I realize that her life is now taking a turn for the best.

At thirty I believe these little human beings are life changers. They make you feel and perceive things you’ve never felt or perceived before. They give you a better appreciation for yourself and for the world around you. I’ve never loved myself more than I do now. Children bring out that certain kind of love you may never have thought you were capable of – unconditional, always present, powerful..Isn’t this what makes God the greatest parent?!

Okay this was supposed to be short …Have a great week guys!