A healthy child makes a happy family. I want to re-phrase it as a healthy child makes a family happy. You bet? Here is how…
Long ago when size zero was unknown, when obesity was obsolete and when chubby cheeks were the sign of good health, there lived a kid called QueenBee. (ya, as usual this post is also about me! I was ‘size -1’ then. Kareena, look who beat you!)
The QB had this very annoying habit of being lazy. She was so lazy, she hated to chew or to let hunger come in the way.
She spent most of her time while eating breakfast or dinner in sleep! (That’s called dozing)
Later when in school, it became hard to ignore the stomach groaning in agony, for the lack of food. She was once caught eating in class! (Jyothi teacher, you know I was a kiddo!)
Her quintessential mom, who doted on her dear baby, would toil in the kitchen trying to find a magic ingredient!(well, she toiled mostly to make each meal a unique experience.)
Let us admire the mom for a minute. (Sorry amma for all the those sleepless nights you had,trying to plan what to make for the next meal.)
But, the story continued…
Each day, QB would return home from school with her lunch box, filled with the uneaten lunch.
Each day the reason for not eating lunch would vary. Here are a sample few.
I didn’t know how to break the roti into pieces. Seemed so big to eat. You know my mouth is small!
There was a weird smell in the lunch hall. I couldn’t eat.
I forgot I brought lunch to school!
I don’t want you to work hard for dinner, so brought the lunch back. I will eat it for dinner.
(Let’s not forget daddy here, who thought my excuses were very creative and original! Woohooo!!)
Then one fine day, when the mom made roti for QB, tore it to eatable pieces each,of an inch in size and packed it in the lunch, QB had a sudden moment of enlightenment. (a la Buddha in Gaya. I was enlightened under a tamarind tree. See, I give attention to detail..!)
From then, QB decided that, enough is enough and began eating well and has ever since forgotten to stop! (Diet! What’s that?)
Moral of the story:
The main thing about QB becoming a healthy child was that her mom began making number of dishes and can now be called an expert. (All the mouth watering pani-puris, bhel puri, pav-bhaji, healthy pakodas,samosas, paneer butter masala, gobi methi masala and chole batura have made her ,well known in her immediate friend circle for her cooking skills.)
When other mothers of her age were still behind her, cooking simple dishes, she had progressed by leaps and bounds.
So the happy family now flourishes on a number of dishes, all thanks to the efforts of the problem child QB. (Here here!) And they lived happily ever after.
Finally that is how the problem child turned healthy, making the family happy in the meanwhile!
1. It helps that mom loved cooking and making my favourite dishes for me.
2. One such moment when mom was sad about my eating habits,my uncle suggested I should be given Dabur Chyawanprash and I did have it. All the empty Chyawanprash containers in my home are a proof to that fact. (No joking.This is for real.)
3. This post is written for Indiblogger Happy Hours,sponsored by Dabur Chyawanprash. Visit https://www.liveveda.com/daburchyawanprash/
4. The source image of the tiffin box is from..