My daughter turned three this month. Amidst the Corona Virus scare, we were not able to celebrate. We also had to postpone her admission to playschool. Still, I wanted to make the day special for her.
Then my mind drifted to the Playhouse I build last year for 1.5 USD. The flowers were now peeling off and the color yellow had become mellow. My family was planning to discard it. I thought better and gave my child a Playschool and something to occupy her time.
It cost three dollars (around 200 Rs). I pasted 16 pieces of card sheets, glue, and cello tape. Then, wrote English-Hindi alphabets and numbers on the inner sides. Tadaaaaaaaaa! The school was ready.
For decoration, I hired professional help–my daughter. I gave her colors and a free reign. She is still having a gala time ‘decorating’ it!
Here is the result.
I drew the animals, she coloured.
She drew the animals, we coloured.
The best part is that within a month, my daughter learnt how to write English alphabets just because of the excitement and the sense of importance. The ‘play-school’ walls are full of animal names my daughter has written and we are progressing to numbers next.
And I have a wonderful artifact that will be auctioned for 1000 dollars someday! (Well, a mother can hope!)
The story is now part of a short-story collection available in black-white and coloured prints and as an ebook. I will share the links soon.
These are difficult times. People are home bound and a lot of them who earn their bread daily can’t feed their families anymore. I urge we share surplus with them.
In Islam, there is a concept of sharing 2.5% of your surplus every year. It is a complex calculation but in simple terms: if I have had money, jwellery, or property that I am not living in, and had it for more than an year, I give away 2.5% of its value. It keeps a lot of families afloat. And somehow, I feel richer by giving away.
Not everyone will be ready to part with that kind of money, but if you can spare even one dollar to feed empty stomachs, you get blessings, regardless of the value.
Here are four ways to do it:
- Buy the stuff while shopping for yourself and leave it outside there houses or in a place where ABC is sure to find it.
- Ask ABC person to come and collect money/food stuff from your place. (You can handover the stuff outside your door. No need to touch or call them inside.)
- Send the money physically/on phone/online to the ABC person and they can shop.
- Call ABC person to pick up the stuff from the local grocer. Ask the grocer to give X amount of stuff to the ABC person while you pay online. (This is what we have been doing.)
These are desperate times. I urge you to do your bit and deserve the blessings you have.
Photo by Kat Yukawa on Unsplash
Watch the video to know why staying at home is once in a lifetime opportunity. Don’t forget to laugh!
I’m not afraid of him anymore. Sure, he hit me plenty earlier but I was a puny little thing then. His belt marks and cigarette burns have long faded away from my body.
My father doesn’t dare come too close now that I’m a bigger bully than him…
Image by Free-Photos from Pixabay
The sky was dark
and the air charged
with the electric between us.
He leaned in until
his face touched mine.
I closed my eyes waiting.
His open lips shattered
my tough facade,
reaching my molten heart.
The universe witnessed
our union as
the Sky and Earth combined
under the blessed showers.
Image by Free-Photos from Pixabay