this was our old cat Steve, he was one big trouble maker.
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“Sonia, my darling, calm down. Listen to me carefully. Don’t worry too much about your project. It’s not very important, and definitely not more important than your baby. You are so lucky that it has happened so easily for you. Have you forgotten how much Seema struggled to have a child? Everything in life has an appropriate time, darling. This is the best age for you to have a baby. The more you delay, the more it wil l be difficult for you. You have had a successful career so far; now, take a break and enjoy every moment of this very special stage in your life,” advised Neela, hoping against hope that her daughter would come around to her point of view.
“Ma, what are you saying? I can’t just give up everything I worked for all these years. My job and career are very important – they are a part of me!” Sonia shot back.
“Sonia, my darling, trust me. What matters most in life is your own family. Your life will be fulfilling and complete with kids. A job cannot give you that sense of fulfillment. Once you hold your baby in your arms, it’s going to be a different life,” Neela persisted.
Having been a working mother all her life, Neela had felt a big loss when her daughters had moved on. And too quickly, she had thought. Looking back, she had wished she had spent more time with her kids. They had grown and moved on so quickly even before she had realized it and even before she could enjoy being with them. Neela now didn’t want Sonia to have any regrets, but did not know how to get her daughter to understand.
This is a story of Sonia Gupta, a young successful career women who is basking in the glory of professional success. With her next promotion just around the corner, she is all set to reap the fruit of years of toil in school, college, university.
But fate had a surprise for her – she discovers that she is pregnant ! NO ! not NOW ! she screeches inside. She reaches out to her mom, a university professor and her husband….
A thumping heart and a blank mind were never good news for a public speaker. She swallowed hard and haltingly began to outline her team’s achievements over the previous year. Within minutes, her nervousness turned into purposeful confidence and the words started to flow as she felt an inner strength emanating from her success and achievement. As she stood there at the podium, she realized that her four years of hard work had finally begun to fructify. She was finally living her dream.
Sonia turned to the projector screen behind her, which now displayed the new projects in pipeline. Just as she was about to begin pitching the new projects, her vision suddenly turned blurry even as she felt waves of giddiness wash over her. Sonia clutched the projector’s remote control that was in her hands tightly and froze in her tracks. Regaining her composure quickly, she carried on with her presentation although the giddiness persisted. She could see appreciative glances from many members in the audience, especially her regional manager whose opinion mattered most.
After her presentation, Sonia walked back to her seat with her head held high, smiling generously at everyone whose eyes met hers and putting on an air of sophistication, hoping her short chic hairstyle did the rest of the talking. She so wanted everything to go right on the day. Nearing her seat, she faltered, her vision suddenly blurring again.
Parenthood is so special, live every moment of it with awareness….you can never get back the time with your child that has passed away.
Happy New Year to all of you. May this year see all dreams turn into reality.