Remembering Being a Kid

I while back I was going through some old pictures of myself and family from when I was a kid. It was funny seeing this "other person" that is me, but at a different stage of my life. Now that I have two children, one who is the same age (almost 6 years) as many of these faces in the below picture. It’s an interesting parallel thinking about being the kid…and the parent (having gone through both). When I am tired/serious and Narayan is being goofy/mischievous …the parent (serious) side of me just wants him to be adult like and listen and be responsible. The thoughts like "Why can’t you just do xyz without complaining?" come up and the frustrations. But then again…I have to remind myself of the Kid in me…and that Narayan is just a kid. Childhood and the innocence of that time is so precious that all of us parents have to remind ourselves of that, and not try to hurry them to become adults…or adult like. It’s a challenge for me because I tend to be on the serious side and working all the time. I need more playfulness and just "letting loose". If I had a title that matched me…it might be something like "Mr. Responsible". How would you title yourself based on your personal characteristics?

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Here is a cute little card that I made for my mother on Valentines Day in 1982 when I was about 7 years old. It is so funny seeing kids writing like this. It brings back the playfulness in me and reminds me of being a carefree kid.

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Ps. In case you couldn’t read it…I did my best in translating it to: "Dear mom, I will behave a lot and will do what you say. Wherever we go I will accept it.". I’m not sure about the last part , the dialect in it is hard to understand.