My weekly Slice of Life are my letters to my Doddamma. She is my father’s elder brother’s wife. Doddamma literally means ‘elder mother’. She is 88 years old. She cannot hear properly if I telephone to talk to her. So, I have been writing letters to her since October 2017. I enjoy writing letters and she is happy to read them. They are only about the everyday moments in my life. I post my letters to her every week.
The rains have become a little less but it is raining everyday. We are having a wonderful time with our grandchildren though life has become a little too hectic. But these are precious moments. Last week my husband was busy in the garden, pruning the plants. Advaith and Kavya planted a “Lakshmanaphala’ sapling in the backyard. Our neighbour had given us the fruit and we had planted the seeds.
Two months ago I had preserved raw jackfruit arils, I made rotti for breakfast. We enjoyed it but for children I made ‘neeru dose’. One of the combinations is jaggery flakes and butter.
Gayatri (daughter) and Vinay (son-in-law) went to see a movie. We were playing with our grandchildren. They returned at 7.30. Kavya had been getting a little restless after two hours, fortunately she did not cry. Another afternoon Advaith, Vinay and my husband played a board game called Monopolize. They enjoyed the game. Long back we used to play a game called Monopoly.
‘Krishna Janmashtami’ or the birthday of Lord Krishna is celebrated all over the country. Our town, Udupi, is a very important pilgrimage centre for devotees of Lord Krishna. The Temple of Lord Krishna is more than 800 years old. On the 24th we went to see the temple to see the celebrations.
On the 23rd we went to our village to spend the day with my father-in-law and brother-in-law. My father-in-law was happy to see his great grandchildren. The children were happy to play under a small waterfall in the areca garden. The garden is at different levels and there is a natural pool and water overflows to fall down. Children of the family have played there through the years. We came back in the evening.
Today morning my mother’s younger sister and family had come for breakfast. Her son and family live in Germany. His children and my daughter’s children are great friends. They left after breakfast to a temple town called Sringeri. We had a wonderful time together.
A mother becomes a true grandmother the day she stops noticing the terrible things her children do because she is so enchanted with the wonderful things her grandchildren do. ~Lois Wyse
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