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Not missing out.

                I am a pet parent to Chikoo, and a very proud parent, at that!  However, there are those rare times when -- a pathetic human being that I am -- I wish I had a human baby.   No offence meant, Chikoo! It is just that, whenever I am in the midst of parents with human babies, I feel a bit left out. Moments ,when they discuss their kids' studies, their packed schedules, their health and what not, run after them, fuss over them...these are the moments, I feel, I miss.

            However, when I come to my senses, I realise, that thanks to Chikoo, I have actually been doing all of the above things, over all these years!  It is only because of him, that I don't feel left out often. Every time we go on our walks and meet other pet parents with their ''kids', I get to discuss my baby, swap notes on pet care, and give advice on various matters on pet care. My baby being 10 years old, I get asked about diet and health care and what-not! And, that feels so good!

          Chikoo also makes sure I fuss over him, worry about his health and diet, and stay on my toes, running after him. You see, he has this habit of slipping off unnoticed to the  bedroom, climbing on the bed and then rolling on it! In fact, this is his favourite hobby. Many a times, I have snooped up on him when he has been oblivious to the world, rolling away to glory! Many a times, I have caught him red-handed, tearing the bed sheets and throwing the pillows and cushions with sheer joy! So, there, I stay on my toes. Well, running from the kitchen to the bed room, while cooking, can be quite an exercise!

           Due to his old age and his painful joints, his walks have shortened considerably, resulting in his loss of appetite. Worrying about his health, finding hunger inducing tonics and pain relievers for his joints, giving him company when he eats, makes sure I do all those things that 'other' parents do for their kids! The only thing lacking is being concerned about his studies. But, hey, teaching him about not taking away toys that do not belong to him,  not scaring people by getting too close to them...these are his studies, which he mastered pretty quickly!  My intelligent son! 

           Hmm....so, I am not really missing out on anything that 'other' parents do! And, my son makes sure I get to experience motherhood to its fullest. So...life is perfect, just the way it should be, along with my darling son. 

         Thank you, God!

NaBloPoMo November 2014

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               ___H.W.Longfellow.



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