Happy birthday Anu!
Today Ambika, my niece, sent a beautiful video of her mother which she specially put together for her mom. Daughters are special. The video brought out so many memories which tumbled out like Christmas ornaments stored in the attic when you are spring cleaning !
For the best memories are those which belong to the spring of your life just when you are about to springboard to adulthood and dive into the concerns of the world of livelihood and living the daily grind of life .
Those are the best years of our lives, burnished gold with wonderful memories just like the sepia tone of old photographs. How we long for them to come back but they never do because time when, once gone , can never come back except in the way of memories. And those memories are photographs that my niece very creatively put together so we could time travel all the way to the past and back to the future !
But, since it’s all about her mom and my sister it would be appropriate to say a few words that will enhance the wonderful memories of days past. Though, of course, we didn’t think that when we were clawing each other’s face and pulling each other’s hair for reasons I don’t even remember that the orderly ( my father was an officer in the Indian army !) had to call my mother to separate us. Or the time I was playing the savior when she was attacking my brother and he was wrestling her to the ground . For my sister was always spunky and it was that spunk that drove her to build an empire of software companies that spun millions of dollars, employed many and kept her gainfully busy for so many years .
But it was not only spunk that kept her going. Anyone can have spunk and many do. But everyone is not successful in what they do. What kept her going was her detachment from her own success . She never attached herself to the material benefits that her wealth brought her. They were just by the by. She only valued them for the comfort and joy they brought her family and friends . It was a gift to be shared by all and to be enjoyed by all.
So that’s Anu, my sister and Ambika and Aryan’s mom who should be rightly proud of her. And grateful. For surely, she will put them on the right track too.
Oh yes, did I mention, she has a great sense of humor, enjoys having fun and leads with a firm but kindly hand ! Happy birthday !