Vibhu’s team had a young bachelor join them recently. In some informal conversations he advocated for having 2 kids. People were surprised.
Hello, don’t you have a strong opinion for a person who is not becoming a parent anytime soon?
The bachelor replied
I am a single child myself and I suck at comebacks. That’s an essential skill. You need siblings to practice it!
He is so right! Ask the parent of 13 year and 10 year olds who are stuck together in the house for 4 months due to covid. Comebacks galore!
Dinner table conversation. I have been trying to shove Indian mythology gyan into my kids. Doing my bit to make them culturally aware. Having grandparents on the same table helps. We are explaining how Hinduism believes in rebirth and there is birth-death-birth cycle. We discuss how becoming a human is a privilege achieved after being born into 8.4 million species. This cycle can only be broken by doing good again and again in every birth.
So, even as humans we have to be born many times? asked Venky.
Yes, we have to better ourselves after every birth. We go through many lifetimes before we gain the maturity to break the cycle of birth & death.
Looking at Tunnu’s maturity I can say it’s her first lifetime.
Another dinner table conversation, we are talking about genes and environmental effects on kids. I tell Tunnu,
Both papa and I are smart, so you are also supposed to be smart.
Yeah, I know. I am smart.
Tunnu, you are supposed to be. You are not.
The older sibling obviously has the edge. But once in a while, the younger one rules.
Tunnu is reading I am Malala. Mid way through the book she declares,
You know I feel really bad for Malala.
Because she got shot?
No, She has TWO brothers. Just imagine!
And the season continues ….