Family – a word used by all and understood by few. Some may quote family as love, affection and an inseparable bond but to some it might be just a responsibility or pain . Well, as to me it had always been about beautiful bonding, values and relationships . Another long post of this blog – here it goes.
Being from a joint family (both paternal and maternal side) , I was always surrounded by people – a lot of people. Both my parents being employees I was a lot pampered by my Atta and Babai who were still studying then and had a lot of time to take care of me ☺️☺️ Well I must say , unlike these days where most of the parents love to have their kids stuck to themselves, my parents had the trust in the family that they would take better care of me and did not find it uncomfortable that I was brought up by the whole family.
For we kids then, holidays were family gatherings , attending family functions , getting to know the extended family and friends and play dirty in the summer sun with cousins and neighborhood children. To me summer holidays were all fun with cousins around and unlimited family gossip ;). It was less technology and more people and relations.
I still remember we all children were treated equally no matter whose kids we were. There were days when I was yelled at by my uncles and aunts and my cousins were yelled at by my parents 😛 😀 (We deserved it for all those mischievous things we did or put them in trouble sometimes with our stupid acts) but never felt bad about it (I always saw it as they treating us as their own kids)
We were all together a single family with whatever conflicts or discrepancies we had. We never parted ways or cut down on affections even through differences of opinion. I know how my uncles and aunts(both paternal and maternal) supported and stood by me through all my tough times. I never had to hide any problem of mine from my parents for always my family stood by me.
It definitely takes a list like my previous post to thank many people for whatever life I’m enjoying today.
Amma – well, one needs no reason to thank their mother. She definitely needs to be thanked for bearing all your mood swings at every point of time. Thank you Amma for all the support, love and affection on me. For handling all my psycho mood swings 😜😜 tolerating my work frustration that I always took out on you, for all the awesome advice in every situation and above all being my best friend . 😊😊
Nanna- the least understood person of the family is always the father. Just thank him because the pocket-money your mother gives you is from him, for all the things your mom buys the man standing behind is him, for all that you’re educated today it’s cause of him and for all that you’re today it’s cause of his scoldings and discipline that let you distinguish what is right and what is wrong…!!! Thank you Nanna for the great person you’re, for the great father you’re and for all you did to keep the entire family together.
Sai – Well its a special feeling having a sibling and that too someone who knows all your secrets and still keeps them 😛 Well, no matter how much we may fight like cats and dogs, yell and hit each other, pull each others hair, argue over just nothing and do not look into each other’s face over a silly fight – we still share a fantastic bond and always each others best buddies. Yo Bro..!! Thank you for keeping all my little secrets , supporting me in all those arguments with Amma and Nanna and taking up all responsibility whenever needed. “Our paths may change as life goes along , but the bond between us always remains strong” – Miss you Sai…!!!
Atta and Babai – I guess they were more of my parents than actually my mom and dad were. I remember my mom hitting me at times for the stupid things I did but never ever both of you. As far as I know, I was and will always be their first child 😊😊 . Thank you atta and Babai for all the love and pampering . (I’m still pampered , a different issue though😜😜) . Thank you Babai for being my hero at all my crisis and my official Financial Adviser 😛 ;). Thank you Atta for being my adviser on personal front and thanks to both for all that time you took to make my marriage a dream wedding . I’m really happy that Mavayyagaru and Pinni also stood by me for every occasion and make it happen.
All my Mavvayas and Attayas – the four pair pillars . Well without you all my family is incomplete. All of you meant more than my parents to me. My home has always been more at your place than mine. All the family outings, gatherings , fun, pj’s , family gossips, celebrations what not everything was so much fun and values learnt were because of you. The tasty dishes you cook for us, the chai time pakodas and bajjis, Diwali, Sankranthi every festival has been more fun and looked forward only because of you people. Everything you did for me I know I was considered your child and never your sister’s child. Thanks for all the support in every little thing of my life and especially with my marriage all the love and respect has just grown even more. Never was it like you were my relatives it was always a family. Thanks for teaching me that.
Cousins – Friends are forever but Cousins are for life. I can never imagine my life without you people. You were more than being friends / siblings. Just a Thanks would not be enough for all you did to me. Well you may have best friends but when your cousin turns into one nothing like it.
There’s this special cousin who definitely needs a mention “Baachi” – I know a Thank You isn’t enough but still a huge Thanks from the bottom of my heart for always being there through all my downfalls, supporting me and advising me the correct way in every situation, I guess you’re the only person who knows how to what runs through my mind and we can just get what we’re thinking even without talking to each other 😀 I miss those days where we would just gather over a weekend and crack a few B grade jokes and make fun of the family and just lazy out or comment over a movie/TV show. The best kind of holidays ever . “Thank You” for being there 🙂
Buddies Anna – Thank You for all the unconditional love. Ideally you’re my elder brother , as I know you’re the first child to my mom 😀 😀 (She loves you more than me and that makes me jealous :@ 😛 ) . A huge thank you for standing by me and taking my side in all my bad times. Supporting me in all ways and helping me with career advises. I guess any number of thank you’s would fall short. But i would say, I enjoyed being your little Sister ..:) :* “Much Love”
Santhu, Singi, Badri – These little kids are a packet of “Patakhas” , they just bring me few years down the age and we join together to make all the mischief and get into trouble 😛 Thank you for always making me laugh and smile .
Devi, Geeta , Siva, Vani – Thank you guys for always being amazing. You were always the best sisters and brothers I could get. Thanks for being more than siblings. You were the first friends I got from my childhood. You’re always special and loved to the core . :*
Geetanjali – Well if your distant cousin turns your bestie nothing like it. Girls love it when they meet someone off beat yet match their frequency. I have never imagined that the girl i met/talked to hardly would become my best friend and cousin. (Oka phone call, oka meetup, oka trip naa jeevitam lo inta drastic effect teeskostundanukole 😛 ). Do not go by her innocent looks and her soft tone, a devil and a split personality exists behind 😉 (U may refer to “Aditya” – her husband if needed :D). In a very short span of time we grew very close and probably after Baachi in the family she knows me really well. Thanks for being so lovable and my “Gyaan Goddess” :P, for all the constant lectures, practical scenario explanations and decision-making activities 😀 😛 I miss our threesome( You me Baachi) phone conversations and whatsapp talks.I wish those wonderful 5 days of your marriage come back and we can have awesome fun as always. We rock Akkaa 😛 Neeku Thanks cheppalanna chaala variety ga undi 😛 Lyt teesko 😉 Jokes apart love you loads and lots :* ❤
Husband (Balaji) – In a very simple way I would like to say that Thanks for being my family and though you may not replace them you always try to be the whole family above and show much care and support. You’ve always been there with my career decisions, every mischief I do and all my laziness 😀 😛 In a very short time of 6 months you understood me the best and stuck on to me in all my worst case scenarios 😛 😀 Much love and More love to you and I know we don’t need a Thank You in our bond :* ❤
Many things may change, we grow up, grow apart but we start and end with the Family. Family is not an Important thing, it’s everything. Love your family, Spend time with them, Never have regrets because in the end, family is all we have.