Dear Baby Hashtag,
Today, I need to tell you something important. I don’t want to sound preachy, yet somewhere in the narrative I will end up sounding like one so please bear with me. I am taking a different approach today. I am not going to thankful or emotional or unbelievably sappy. I will be real with you.
Let’s talk Virtues and Vices.
There is black and there is white. Two ends of the same thing. Two sides of a coin. And just like that, a person also has two character traits to their personality. One is the virtuous side, the other which indulges in vices.
Be honest. An age old saying reads that “honesty is the best policy” and rightly so. But learn to be honest with caution. Plain honesty bordering on insult does not go down well with a lot of people and more often than not we have to think about protecting other’s feelings. To that end, also learn to be caring. Be kind and a caregiver. Don’t expect everyone to return the favour because that is unreal. I will, however, not force you to share. If there is something very dear to me and I am asked to share it, I might choose not to. And the same rules applies to you little one. I will ask you once, if you can find it in your heart to share the toy/food/play area and I know in my heart that you will say yes most of the times. On those times, when you do not want to share, I will not force you into it but I want you to reason the same with me.
Be a people person but try and avoid being vulnerable. Fundamentally, people are calculative and I want you to be wary before you warm up to them. Study all you want and play as much. Take interest in everything you would want to do in your academic life because those are your golden years. Take chances and experiment but make sure you consult us before taking a decision. Your parents know quite a bit about everything and we will be sure to help you make the choices. When you need an ear, turn to me. Or better yet, your father. He is extremely cool and rest assured that he will break down any complication you think you are suffering from in life.
Being a teenager and then a young adult are going to be the most difficult things. But always know, your mum and dad are right behind you. I don’t claim to be your friend because I will need to be a parent too a lot of times over the course of you growing up but you will find in me a very relaxed mum and in your father, a very cool chilled out papa.
As much as I would like you to be virtuous all the time, I know it is humanly impossible to be one. I’m afraid you will be attracted to the vices more than the virtues cos they are easy to fall into and oh-so-attractive. I will not come in your way if you want to have these ‘life experiences’ but I trust you to be of sound mind and do not over indulge in the name of life experiences. Learn, teach and be aware of everything that will come your way. I am not scaring you off life, merely preparing you for it. No matter how hard I try, I cannot hold you in the confines of the home all the time. I would be raising a socially awkward kid in that case. I’d rather you be a charmer and wade your way through life with your head held high and a glorious smile accross your face.
Maybe in the next letter, I will take a lighter approach and let you in on some personal jokes. For this once, I’m glad we talked about what we did.
Lots of love,