Vyas is yet to touch even a sparkler. His ‘Green-Diwali’ has become a kind of joke in our apartments, among his friends and cousins. He doesn’t flinch from admitting that he is scared of the crackers and the noise of the continuous blasts. He is not touched when others tease him for ‘being a boy’ and still being scared of crackers. I’m happy that he does not take offense or look at fear as a gender thing. Am happy he is learning to let go.
Though am happy about his ability to take remarks in his stride, it hurts to see the kid huddled on the sofa and acting jumpy every time there is a loud blast. We have tried to help him shed his fears by asking him to go down and watch the others light crackers. He would have none of it. I have told him to just sit back and enjoy the day either watching TV or reading or just chatting away with people at home and that its perfectly OK not to touch the fireworks.
With Varun, looks like its going to be a different story. He gets one of us light a candle. He opens boxes of sparklers and lights them by himself. He has progressed to lighting stones (a mini variant of a flower-pot) by himself and wants to try flower-pots and the other noise-free crackers. Am happy as long as both the kids get to do what they like doing and enjoy the day!
The school is closed today and the kids are home. The partner and I had to turn up at work. Varun was mighty pleased because its a holiday for him and anna. He usually sees us off with ‘Have a nice day’. Today was different. Just as we were descending the stairs, he called out saying- ‘Happy Deepavali Ma!’ A Happy Deepavali indeed!
WISH YOU ALL WONDERFUL PEOPLE A HAPPY & SAFE DIWALI!