An evening at the park

After a tiff at home, I just wanted to head out. So, took A and left. Did not have a destination. On the way, called a few friends I would have been comfortable spending time in that particular mood. There was either no response, or they were busy. Saw the public park on the way. Just parked there and took A in.

He played on a few things – the see saw, the monkey bars (he was so proud when he climbed to the top! 🙂 ). He queued up to the slide…of course giving way to all the kids who pushed their way in 🙂 Then I told him let us just walk around the park. He agreed…and then I gave him the go ahead to run around. On the walk way were puddles of water. It had rained the previous day and all morning. At first sight of the puddles, A stopped, turned around. When I egged him on, he just went amok 😀 Ran through the water puddles. I followed him at first walking. Then, as we kept going round and round the place, I found myself running behind him. Saw other parents asking their kids not to step onto the puddles, the adults themselves avoiding the water, some onlookers looking at A and me as if we had gone mad shaking their heads in that characteristic disbelief. I just looked at the joy in A’s face. It just lit up with happiness. He would stop by the small waterfall on the side. Point to it asking if he could wade in, then proceed. Two times around, he stopped and said “Amma, waterfall. We cannot go in” and then went on running. Not a care about what others were going to think. As I started running behind him, I realised I did not care either. The world was just me and A. How it was then, and how it probably will be for a long time. I got the much needed (and something I have been procastinating) exercise. We both were wet because of the water puddles and sweat 🙂 We were tired but a lot happier than when we had left “home”.

I guess I needed that more than A ever did. A lesson that we have only each other and we should make the most of each moment. Back here in the confines of the four walls, I am back with resentment; waiting to break free…run around in the water puddles with abandon. Live life with my son not wonder when my papers would come for me to sign, when I am going to get a job, when A & I will have a place to call home,whether I would be able to take care of A’s every need…

Guess I should be thankful for that couple of hours of respite from reality. I hope A grows up with the same sense of abandon. Let not reality ever strike him. Let him be oblivious to the stares and words of others which he will have to hear.

20 thoughts on “An evening at the park

  1. What a nice reminder about what childhood should be like. Children should be allowed to run through puddles, play in the rain and get dirty in the mud…… and so should adults 🙂

    Oh yes! for adults 🙂 A enjoyed it and wants to do it everyday! 😀

  2. that was a much needed break apar. happy for you both. Like you did in that couple of years, stop listening to what the world will think. When in need, world does not take care of you; you have only you and A. hugs apar!

    Thanks Shy! I really should stop thinking about what the world will think more often. Life is way better that ways 🙂 Grateful that I have at least A for however long!

  3. Sometimes it is great to break free from the routine life and do something else. I like to go out that way, do something else, think about something else and just have fun. I am glad you did that. It feels great to do that once a while! Rejuvenates!

    Fun time with kid as a kid is it?! Yeah certainly was like a shot in the arm 😀 Was wonderful 🙂

  4. That was nice to read, one day I will learn to run through the water puddle:)

    -Came here via mitr.

    Welcome Sachita! You know what…as Nike says…”Just Do it!” It is fun 😀

  5. I always do the exact same thing, of course not in the park just yet, but I let her do stuff that normal people say no too 😛 and drive my mum up the wall 😛 If they are not going to do it now, when will they? This is the time and age to explore, and explore with gay abandon oblivious to the stares and no’s form others…And it is the best stress reliever, having a kid teaches you to live each day and appreciate the small things that one would not normally do.

  6. That was a lovely story, and you told it so beautifully. I almost felt as if I was right there playing with you and A. It looks like you both felt free from some of the restraints you have at home. Maybe you both need play dates sometimes! 🙂

  7. Come saturday, you’re taking me to the park and I’m gonna climb all the rides… Ok? Deal? I’ll get you a cold coffee in return, and fill up your ‘bike’ with fuel… 😀
    This post reminded me of the times I used to go to the ABC park near my house as a kid – the park had huge A, B and C which kids could climb… Heheh! 😀

    Sure deal!…but it is just a small park; maintained by the corporation I think! Don’t know if the kids would let you play on the swing, see-saw, monkey bars but you sure can try 😉

  8. How I wish I was there with you and A playing and jumping around in that puddle and waterfall. I am glad you had that amazing time with A. Breaks like these are very important in Life. It rejuvenates a person. I’ll hope and pray that you get all things in life that you are dreaming of.

    Blog hopped from vimal’s blog. I am blog rolling you 🙂

    Welcome and thank you Varun! You sure can join us next time 😀 Thanks for your prayers…don’t stop cos I think God seems to need a constant reminder! 😀

  9. That sounds like a pretty good break :).And we shud learn to be oblivious of this world,there are too many rules.I remember the stares I get if i lick the lid of cup ice cream in hi-fi ice cream addicted to that habit right from when i was a kid :)…

    Wish A grows up without superfluous boundaries…

    Yeah…I hope A does that!!

  10. heyyy sweets!!

    was awesome meeting u and A that evening… hugsss!!! hope ur sunday was good!!

    Hey!! It was an evening to remember 🙂 and thank you for the eggs for A 😀 Hope you had a good trip

  11. Nice account of the park experience! I have been here before via Laksh’s site. Wish you many more such fun times with A. Guess I have to learn to let mine to jump into puddles!

    Yeah, I have been to your blog (anamikatalks) and you have commented earlier on mine 🙂 Please do let your kid jump into puddles and you jump along…it is great fun 🙂

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