Thursday, January 13, 2011

What I wanted and what I got

I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.
- Robert Frost


All I wanted was to stay put and gestate in peace without any drama - but I found myself sprinting between terminals with a 7 month pregnant belly to catch a plane to India - so he could be born there.

I moved heaven and earth for him to be born like most people, nicely on time, and in the way nature designed - but he came 7 days late through an unexpected coup of a cesarean.

His father is O+ and I am B+ - but of course he had to go and be a maverick O- The universal donor...some grand notions this kid has! The doc had to actually draw us a chart to explain how this could be possible.

All I wanted was for his newborn care to proceed uneventfully but the vaccine issue somehow rose up like a camel in a desert - he played his part right on cue to upstage our hithertofore unchallenged perceptions - and ended up not being vaccinated for the most part.

All I wanted was for him to toddle off to school like a good little boy along with all the other kids, but as his fate would have it, here he is, happily hanging out at home - a preschool drop-out at the grand old age of 3! And I find myself embracing the idea of homeschooling.

Even as I stew in occasional discomfiture when I am at odds with What Is, I applaud the spirit of our little warrior. I am proud of all that he has accomplished in just 3 years on earth so far. Here's to many more breaking-out-of-the-box adventures together!