My dearest darling daughters,
I sometimes think that your Baba and I must be good people when I look at how you both have turned out. I feel that we must have our hearts in the right place when I feel proud of how compassionate you both are towards those around you, how grateful you are for all the love and care you receive, how mindful you are of other people’s pains and sufferings, how careful you are of your actions so as to not hurt people, how you are so easy to please even with the most trifle gesture and how you both have hearts of gold. As your Baba says, you both are truly fairies in our lives. You top the list undisputed when we count our blessings.
You both have been so keen on entering the tween club. I have been gung-ho about how your age is no longer going to be a single digit number. We had dreamt of having a nice party at our own home this year to celebrate this milestone birthday. But the plan somehow toppled over when all of us came up with huge guest lists and then we thought it would be no less than a wedding if we were to invite each one we thought cannot be missed at the party. So after a lot of brainstorming, we finally thought of not having a party at all. I told Baba that lets do something completely different or unusual this year. Whatever we plan has to be a surprise for you. I thought we should do something very memorable and special for you and us to remember fondly when we look back.
I suggest going for Hot Air Balloon ride early morning. We would be up in the air overlooking the picturesque Hunter Valley and watching the sunrise while on flight. All booking done and dusted, when we talked to you about not having party this year, you both were a bit sad but you took it all with a smile. But you did tell us that all you wished is to meet your old school friends from our previous suburb. We knew that meeting your friends would mean the word to you. So, we then booked a birthday party package for Sunday at a play place. We have now invited all your special friends in the old suburb and told them that it is a surprise for you. You have no inkling that we have planned all this. But let me tell you that these last few weeks have been the most troublesome for Baba. He had the hardest time keeping secrets from you. I, on the other hand, have been super duper excited and can’t wait to see how you will enjoy the surprise.
Enough said about the plans, coming over to how the last year has been. We moved to our dream home this year. The journey was extra special as we had you girls along. From selecting every single thing for the house to shopping for furniture, décor, lights, garden etc, you both have been by our sides every single step. You took the move very bravely. We know it was the hardest thing for you to leave your wonderful friends and teachers and move on to an unknown territory. From never wanting to miss school, you both switched to not wanting to go to school. Mannu, you cried on the night of your first day at new school. Tammu, you were sad too but tried to put a brave face for your sister and parents. But you both adapted pretty soon and how! You have been doing great, making new friends (although not as strong as your old friends) and learning new things. Thank you my sweethearts for being so flexible and going with the flow.
I think you both are now growing older and have started taking care of us in your own sweet little ways. You help sort the groceries, fold the laundry, removing the weeds from our garden, raking and picking dry leaves, watering plants, cleaning the house and many more. I feel guilty of not being a good mom when you both ask me what shoe I would be wearing and then pick the one I tell you and keep it ready for me when I get ready and come downstairs. Not only do you get ready by yourselves without any assistance from me but also pack your bags, and look after our needs too. You both help check if the doors are locked, if the gas stove is turned off, if the iron is off, if I have turned the security alarm on before leaving etc.
This year you have joined the Junior Girl Guides and you are having a grrrreat time there. We got you enrolled in Guitar lessons and Tennis classes. You have doing well in reading and writing. Your teacher’s testimony that in Stage 2, both of your pieces of writing stood out made me float on cloud nine. You both love each other to bits and argue and verbally fight with your tongues as if they were sharp swords of warfare. But the way you both reconcile as if nothing had happened and the ease with which you defend your twin against the world speaks volumes about that bond that started off in my uterus. I wish for the skirmishes to continue (as I believe that no siblings are worth their salt that don’t fight) and the love to be eternal.
Your Baba and I always wish for you both to be amazing human beings. We really don’t worry about your grades or studies. As long as your heart is in the right place, other skills can be acquired if you wish. Be happy and stay blessed always.
Mumma and Baba