Wednesday, August 03, 2005

It’s a Good Day

She was wandering around looking a little lost and a little neglected. She looked pretty in her muted sky-blue printed pinafore, which wasn’t a CoCo or a Ralph Lauren, more like Target’s home brand for kids. It would have been difficult to spot her among the crowds on her appearance alone but like any other child she had her own brand of freshness. A cheery smile lit up her face most of the time. I stopped to check on her. She looked up and I was surprised to see even pensive frown lines on that young forehead - a telltale sign of ups and downs and frowns and tempers. She definitely had her moods this one.
“Where’s your Mommy? Or, your Daddy maybe?” I asked.
“She is somewhere around. I don’t see her much these days” she said.
“What!?” I thought...surprised and perplexed by this response.
“Really? Doesn’t she take care of you?”
“Most of the time, but sometimes she wanders off and returns only when she remembers me.”
“Oh, how responsible!?!” I thought...shaking my head in disapproval.
And deciding that she needed more than a little help, I reached out for her hand. Suddenly I realized how young she was. They don’t even talk at that age - I used to think.
“What’s your name baby? How old are you?”
“I’m called C'est la Vie! And today, I turn 6 months old.”
She raised questioning and hopeful eyes at me.
“Could you ask her to take better care of me?”

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It’s been 6 months folks and though I’m not as regular with the posts as I want to be, I know this is here to stay. Thanks for making me feel so welcome!

65 Comments:

Blogger VC said...

Nice touch!

9:31 AM  
Blogger anantha said...

So, could you take better care of her and remember her more often? :)

And you know what, I think C'est la Vie is feeling left out since all of us remember her judwa behen, Comments much more than we remember her.

You have to tell that her Judwa Behen is her sister after all and being the older sister, C'est la Vie should not feel jealous.... :D

10:23 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Gabby, 6-month-birthday, style se!

Love your place and I am GLAD I found it...keep them coming.

Shobha

10:43 AM  
Anonymous Zoheb said...

I have half a mind to send up my blog for adoption ;-) At least I am better than some mothers and alpha females who kill their brood. BTW nice post :-)

11:18 AM  
Blogger Tom Stormcrowe said...

Interesting writing! I think I'll start following your blog! Feel free to visit mine, http://theamazingshrinkingman.blogspot.com

11:29 AM  
Anonymous Ashok said...

Cool method to mark the day :)

Yes, your blog does have it's own brand of freshness...Happy 0.5 Birthday to it!

11:43 AM  
Blogger The Reporter said...

Happy Budday Gabby :), we love reading your blog :)

12:36 PM  
Blogger GratisGab said...

vc, Shobha, ashok, coolcat - Thanks much! I can't believe it's 6 months already...I'm just getting started...!

Anti - Anti-C and it's interest towards Anti is what is making you think the Comments are taking a center-stage to the posts ok? Come now, tell me the posts are okay too...don't be mean..it's my 0.5 (as ashok put it) b'day!!

zoheb - you say this and then I see this beautiful poem on your blog...playing the reverse-card huh? & thanks man!

t_stormcrowe - Will check it out, & thanks for coming by..

1:38 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So, is Mommy gonna check on CLV more often now?

Can we hope for more frequent posts? *wink*

Peggy!

2:13 PM  
Blogger GratisGab said...

Peggy dear...notice how the guilt is conveyed but no promises follow? *wink*

:)

2:22 PM  
Anonymous burf said...

okie

;)

:D

5:04 PM  
Anonymous Ash said...

Congratulations !

And hope to see c'est la vie 'fullo-phullofy' *grin*

5:12 PM  
Blogger Patrix said...

Glad to see you complete 6 months. Hope you are around for a long time. It is a pleasure to read you. Thanks for letting us.

5:13 PM  
Blogger anantha said...

Gabby: I was never mean :(

So, could you take better care of her and remember her more often? That was my first line and don't it mean that I wanna read more :(

And lets leave MY admirers out of this. This is CLV's 0.5 birthday and on her birthday she's the queen!

6:36 PM  
Blogger Peg said...

Only time one needs to feel betrayed or abandoned is when one stops writing from the heart. Time has no bearing or consequence to an audience who delights in each passage.
Sail on dear one, you deserve each hand applauding!!

8:05 PM  
Blogger AmitL said...

Hi,Gabby,congrats on completing six blogging months,and that too with a cute post.:)Looking forward to MANY more to come.(Note the emphasis on MANY)

8:27 PM  
Anonymous karan said...

kids thesedays! they'll crib about anything and everything!
i know this kiddo, CLV, you ran into. I think she has a super mommy, who believes in spending 'quality' time with her child, rather than random time.
CLV's mommy bestest! :)
happy half anniv! :)

8:36 PM  
Blogger shub said...

sooo cute!! happy half budday! :D

9:36 PM  
Blogger shub said...

sooo cute!! happy half budday! :D

9:36 PM  
Blogger visithra said...

AH the 6 month mark - CLV knows her mommy is a dear wonderful soul - she was just pulling your leg - mommy was just at the corner always watching but giving her space :))

9:46 PM  
Blogger Sudipta Chatterjee said...

Hmm... six months and still growing strong! The traffic to your blog will be any website's envy, I think. Get some google ads :)

9:47 PM  
Blogger Swathi said...

that was a beautiful metaphor

10:06 PM  
Blogger phatichar said...

Ok, this might sound weird but from the moment I set foot on your blog, I've always had this feeling of having known you for a long time. Perhaps the way you write; maybe I can relate to that. And that's a good thing too. And yeah, I hope to see a similar story of a 5 or 10 year old cest la vie!!!

Good going, happy 6 months, Gabs! Here's to many many many more months of blogging.
God Bless.

11:15 PM  
Blogger Pallavi said...

hahahah cute... hope to read more of you.. ... and congrats on completing 6 months :)

11:21 PM  
Blogger Rash said...

mubarak ho. and quality is better than quanity anyday

11:52 PM  
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12:40 AM  
Blogger Twilight Fairy said...

oh! didnt know you had to 'copulate' to produce this blog? :p (mommy, daddy etc) :)..

ok ok, happy 6 mth anniversary to you and many more to come! :)

3:14 AM  
Anonymous :-) said...

Huh! So!!! You are celebrating half yearly blog birthday. Huh!! I mean!!! I dont know what to say. I am waiting for alpha to say something.

Just kidding. :-)))

Its been a good six months. I dont know how I found your blog, but enjoyed reading ever since. Way to go baby. :-))

3:33 AM  
Blogger WA said...

aaaaw that was so sweet. Looking forward to more & Congratulations.

5:16 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I enjoy all your posts...keep writing!

CLV is a pampered one. Maybe it's time to turn her over on your knee? :D

Nick

5:52 AM  
Blogger Akruti said...

that was so sweet,Happy happy blogging to you,and we love reading this blog:) keep them coming

7:04 AM  
Anonymous sqrl/nt said...

Nice! thank you so much!! for the lovely posts in the 6 months and the inspiration to write up on my own blog.. no not just yet. Shall let u know when ;)

7:06 AM  
Blogger GratisGab said...

burf - OK :)

Ash, Patrix - Thanks guys. Your encouragement from those early days means a great lot to me.*sniff sniff* :)
Hope Texas is treating you well!

Anti - I like your priorities :) From tomorrow, we can discuss Anti's admirers...all the way to Feb 3rd 2006! Hee Hee!

Peg - Thank you. You really have a way with words.

amitl - MANY apologies. I'm still PLENTY lazy. But I'm also VERY guilty. :)

karan - YOU MADE MY DAY. Thank you. Very much.

7:12 AM  
Blogger pingoo said...

arre wah ! nice nice.. happy happy half buday :)

“Oh, how responsible!?!” I thought...shaking my head in disapprova

oh really ?? :p and what happened to my friend "alpha" ! the last time I was here... she was more present than you :p

7:14 AM  
Blogger GratisGab said...

shub, visithra - thanks girls. Your comments are way cuter!

Sudipta - thanks man. Google ads. Hmmm...why do I always think about it but never take the plunge...???...I guess I like this plain old pinafore as it is :)

Swathi - thanks babe. btw, did anybody ever tell you you look a bit like Madhuri Dixit in her early days?
****Guys please, don't leave my blog and run off blindly!!*****

Phatichar, my man. The connection is mutual. Your stories (expecially your gross and scary ones) are what I always aspire to get out. I hope I see you around all the way till CLV is a bratty teenager with loads of attitude.

Pallavi -Thanks girl. I'll be around still discovering your multiple personas (blogs) :)

7:20 AM  
Anonymous alpha said...

maternal insticts even for a blog. Hai raam, kya ho gaya meri saheli ko? I'm afraid when you get your real kid you'll be manofying half monthly birthdays.

Hapee birthday to CLV. She is an awesome kid..good thing Mr. Gabby wasn't involved with this one.

Hey bachalog! I see my name few times here..maybe I'll just take over this blog..Gabby, password please. I'll take care of your baby for you.

7:23 AM  
Blogger GratisGab said...

rash - thanks. i might post your comment as a post one of these days when nothing is flowing :)

Anon - Thanks. I think I'll stick to this pinafore for now.

T.Fairy - Oh we did. WE tried. WE got pregnant and WE had CLV :D

:) - Don't wait for Alpha. See, you did fine on your own. I like your blog too. Sometimes.

Wicked Angel - Thanks!!! Will try, will try.

Nick - I like your parenting techniques. They won't sue I hope? This country scares me :)

7:25 AM  
Blogger GratisGab said...

Akruti, sqrl/nt - thanks, thanks!
Ah sqrl, start a blog on "What the hell is Gabby talking about?" or something, then I can retort and between us there'll never be a dearth of topics. We could always branch into "SATC-Where are all these women" when we're bored...what say?

pingoo - see, you lured Alpha in. smart. you know how to trick these celebrity characters :)

Alpha - Are you kidding me? I don't want CLV to become a part of the puzzle that is you. Come and make merry whenever you wish, from the sidelines :). Kabhi aaya kar, hum sab ka din ban jayega....we're all going thru Alpha-separation-anxiety, have a heart.

7:35 AM  
Blogger pingoo said...

gabby - ah ! so by public demand alpha is back haan ?

alpha - may be u can be a nanny ! gabby is still the mommy :) the kid needs a nanny too..so do come and spank the kid once in a while ;-).

8:07 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So IIT yes? Which batch?

8:12 AM  
Blogger GratisGab said...

pingoo - Nice. And I can go get my nails done!

Anon - Yes. And I won't tell. :)

8:57 AM  
Anonymous alpha said...

pingoo, I can stay here only for a little while..this baby is too sweet and the comments even more so. everyone's saying good things to each other. Some seductively pouting woman looks like Madhuri Dixit, it seems. One guy's got his back turned away, but still keeps coming back. An anonymous fella wants to know details about Gabby (ironic!)
I guess I need to baby sit her readers a bit.

9:09 AM  
Blogger pingoo said...

gabby - hmm...

alpha - why only for a little while ?? kid is more attached to nanny than mommy it seems...ur much needed here ! and these geeky moms today, I tell ya, they are more interested in getting their nails done !! *sigh*

10:21 AM  
Blogger GratisGab said...

Alpha, Pingoo - As long as we have Alpha around, we needn't worry about any comment box or blog getting too sweet :) In just one swing of her arm she got Swathi, Anti and Anon...she is good nanny material alright! Pingoo, getting my nails done is geeky? I can be VERY geeky then. Are you? What color is your geekiness?

11:34 AM  
Blogger Rhyncus said...

Many happy returns of the day, post, whatever. So does the kid get a party and candles to blow out (half a candle even)?

11:43 AM  
Blogger GratisGab said...

No dear Rhyncy, it gets nothing....else kids like the "TWAC" will baul and cry, seeing that they are even more neglected lot :)

11:55 AM  
Anonymous Zoheb said...

Anon, smart attempt at trying to find Gabby's age. Will not work however. Speculating about her age had Gabby casting aspersions on my chaddi banyaan :-(

12:28 PM  
Blogger GratisGab said...

Zoheb, Anon : I'm not old. I'm not aunty. Isn't that enough? Actually, a couple of future posts on my grad school life (that are currently only brewing in my head) will tell you all there is to know. What you will do with that knowledge though, is past me.

Zo - How's the c-b working out? All good?

12:49 PM  
Blogger pingoo said...

Na, IIT -> geeky, getting nails done -> girly. A little geeky I am hehe..only little.

12:52 PM  
Blogger GratisGab said...

Ah, I get it.

1:17 PM  
Blogger anantha said...

Arre..Neee Abbah.. I am all quiet and still i am prodded! Maine Kya Kiya? :)
One guy's got his back turned away, but still keeps coming back - If that was for me, my back is turned cos I want everyone to look at my world from my perspective. As the Superstar would say, Howwwizzzittt? (The standard answer, baiyon aur behnon aur aunty log is "Sooooper")
And whats with the periodic questioning about IIT or BITS! Baaah...these geeky ppl!

1:47 PM  
Anonymous alpha said...

anti, all I can see is dandruff and some mobile insects rappelling to your checked collar that needs a wash.

1:54 PM  
Anonymous Zoheb said...

Gabby Aunty, even if your future postings will be in a grad school it won't change your age.

And the c-b is not working out, I am. c-b is merely soaking up the consequences.

Tell alpha aunty my Hi.

2:04 PM  
Blogger GratisGab said...

:D

I'm feeling bad for Anti...what's wrong with me??!!

2:04 PM  
Blogger GratisGab said...

Arre Zo, my post talks about me finishing grad-school in 2000...do some simple math for a change...you going too hi-fi and forgetting the basics i say. Kids nowadays!!!

2:06 PM  
Anonymous Zoheb said...

2000 !!! OMIGOSH !! That is like so-last-millenium types. I thought I was speaking to a young aunty but instead we have a seniorita. Aunties these days aren't what they were in my days .... back in 2000 :-( Those were the days, the summer of 99 :-(

4:14 PM  
Blogger Swathi said...

what me n madhuri Dixit! though i dun resemble in any way(i think this photo angle is quite good then)i wud lovingly accept that compliment. N no no onez ever told me tat n u r first :D

10:26 PM  
Anonymous :-) said...

GreatestAb: Thank you for the confidence building. :-)

alpha: Look alpha! Me comments.

swathi: I will second alpha if that kiss is for me.

2:27 AM  
Anonymous alpha said...

greatest ab?! Haha! that kiss is frozen for eternity. If you want it Smiley, you need to be the prince who knows how to use a microwave to thaw it.

6:11 AM  
Blogger anumita said...

Am I late for the party? Happy half birthday CLV!

7:48 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just six months and you seem like a person proficient in writing/bloggiong since ages.

Waiting for more posts.

T C

HoliDevil

6:42 AM  
Blogger GratisGab said...

Thanks Anumita!

Holidevil - Aww. Thanks :)

12:45 PM  
Blogger Prahalathan said...

Good ONE! I guess I came to your blog through Megha's Blog Day 2005 list

11:59 PM  
Blogger GratisGab said...

Thanks Prahalathan!

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