As the kids grow, so do the challenges…when I come to think of it, the challenge to do well in their studies seems such a small part of their growing up, in fact the easiest if I may say so… to grow up into good human beings is the greatest… And while taking up this challenge, there are so many hurdles to face…sometimes I wonder if I, myself, will be strong enough to hold their hands and guide them along.
Once the kids start school, they are away for most parts of the day surrounded by who else, but their friends and teachers. Throughout the day, they have to cope with their peers… talking of friends, when they are at a younger age, they seem to change friends more quickly…hand in hand with one today and at war with the same the next. It used to bother me at first, but time has taught me that it’s a part of growing up. So, now, whenever Rengoni comes and tells me so and so has been horrible to her and did not play with her and that she hates her, I try to turn a deaf ear because I know that a couple of days later, she’ll be inseparable from that same child, holding hands, hugging each other as if there had never been anything wrong in the first place.
Needless to say, I was taken aback a bit today…as usual, I was in the kid’s school, waiting for the bell to ring, when one of Rengoni’s classmate’s mom rushed up to me and complained that her daughter had been told by mine not to play with her and that she did it three times till date.
Now, I totally empathise with the lady, as , of course, she was a mom too, with the best interests of her child at heart. I lightheartedly told her that I hear such complaints all the time and that I’ll have a word with Rengoni. But she was egging me on and I took the bait and questioned the accused if she had been guilty of doing such a thing and told her not to repeat it. The bell had rung, she was lining up, I handed over her bag…it was at such a moment that she was literally in tears and asked me ‘what about when C (one of her friends!) was nasty to me’…that was it…I could not have another word with her as her class had to go in, but somehow, that question has been burning inside me the whole day…did she mean that just like the other mom, why did I not fight her cause when her friends were not nice to her…but then, to justify myself, I had always thought that it was always better to let kids solve petty problems among themselves and opted not to interfere…at the rate that I receive complains from my eldest, I should be having a word with every other mother every other day!!! I was a bit heavy hearted to see her start the day in tears…she enjoys school and has never made a fuss about that…maybe I should have waited till the end of the day…but again…if anyone said that parenting is easy, I’d really like to have a very good word with that person!!!
Now that I’ve lightened the burden tugging at my heart( I said lightened, not made it disappear, though), it’s time for an equally light meal…cold pasta salad with feta cheese on a warm night…it was a really light meal a couple of days ago when it was hot enough to cool things down a bit…it’s very quick and easy and with a very light dressing and was filling as well…
300 gms of pasta(I used the smaller variety)
150 gms of feta cheese, cubed
7-8 cherry tomatoes, quartered lengthwise
1/2 cucumber, cut into thin strips
3-4 stalks of asparagus, chopped
For the dressing-
1 clove of garlic, crushed
2 tblsp olive oil
1 tsp oregano
salt and pepper to taste
Cook the pasta according to packet instructions. Drain the water and save aside.
Boil the carrots and asparagus till very slightly tender.
In a small bowl, mix together all the ingredients for dressing.
In a big bowl, mix all the vegetables(fresh and boiled), the pasta and the cheese.
Add the dressing and toss well.
That’s it! Serve in bowls and enjoy! We did, as it was a really cool dish on a warm night. The flavours were there in every bite, but were not overpowering.I liked the dish well enough to send it over to Ruth for Presto Pasta Night