10 June, 2010

Sixteen years and counting .....

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Chains do not hold people together.  It is threads, hundreds of tiny threads which sew people together through the years. ~ Simone Signoret

In the wee hours of the morning
The alarm clock beeped its warning
Wake up ! Wake up ! the alarm clock said and leapt
Did not make any difference, since I’d hardly slept !!

‘Twas the 10th of June, 1994,
Outside, the lightning flashed and the thunder roared
People at home were all too busy
The way they were hustling and bustling, left me dizzy.

That was how the day truly began
As my memory files I now scan.

I sat, bleary eyed and stiff-necked
For my head was royally bedecked
With flowers, flowers - whole ropes and coils
Oh ! Thank God ! They spared my head the oils !!

Reached the hall at 4 am and voila ! The priest was missing !
To find the priest missing left my father seething and hissing

I could not help but chuckle and chortle
While the elders could not hide their baffle
“The priest will be here soon” the relatives hoped
Me ? Oh ! I was sure that the priest had eloped !

That was the day we got married indeed,
Soon, one after the other – the ceremonies did proceed.
The invitees milling, guests were aplenty
Some classy, some charming, some deadly and some chunky !

Oceans of mamis in kancheevarams resplendent
The colors of their saris absolutely vibrant
Their nose rings shining with an intensity blinding
With all those multiple glittering blingy blingy blings.

The mamas in their mundus, looking benign
Tried in vain, their thoughts to streamline
Their roving eyes, they couldn’t confine
Thanks to the Mamis’ Kancheevaram clad waistlines !! :)))))

The Madisar made me sweat in more ways than one
As I hoped and prayed that something wouldn’t come undone
For, The Madisar with its multiple knots and tucks
Is a costume contraption, absolutely deluxe !!

The first four years of marriage went off real quick
Pretty much like eyelids that bat and blink
But then, us being us,
For getting into trouble, we were rather famous.

Our well known penchant for trouble
 Sent us stumbling into parenthood, on the double
Humans, as they say, never stay separated from trouble
Sure enough, there arrived Macadamia and burst the D.I.N.K bubble !!

Little did we know what was to come
As we struggled to balance parenthood and officedom
Juggling those two was not a song to hum
And giving up officedom, I stepped into full fledged Mommydom!

Trouble, they say, never stops at one
Oh dear ! Do pardon my pun
As Macadamia into kindergarten grew
There arrived Pecan a.k.a Noisy Two !!

Life after that zipped past on the fast track
To life, then there was absolutely no slack
That made the four of us ; and
A full circle we did form, thus.

We’ve chugged along through life
We’ve had our share of laughter and strife
We’ve been through quite a bit of thick and thin
And through it all, we’ve managed to spin and grin

Peace, Health, Happiness and Love
Have indeed been gifts to us from The One Above
And as the four of us journey along
To each other, we well and truly belong.

No better way to end this ode,
than with a quote from Rita Rudner, if I may.
“I love being married”. Oh ! Do ask me why ...
Go on .....Go on .... now don’t be shy !
Cos it’s so great to find that one special person
you can annoy for the rest of your life. Isn’t that Heaven ??!! :))))

As we walk together, Dear K, our paths forging and unfurling
Here’s to many more, darling
Sixteen years and counting .....
Sixteen years and counting ....

8 voice(s) said so:

Just Like That said...

awww G, many many happy returns of the day to both of you... may the circle of love around you four be ever radiant.
LOL at Rita Rudner. Perfect quote.:D

Gauri said...

Gee, thanks, S ! :)

Asha said...

You have written it so beautifully, Gauri. Happy Anniversary! And may you have many many more... :)

Mama - Mia said...

beautiful! :)

happy anniversary to both of you! have a great time ahead!


Sue said...

Congratulations to you both. Here's to many more years of togetherness.


sm said...

beautifully written
happy anniversary

Gauri said...

Asha, Mama-Mia, Sue, SM : Thank you :)

starry said...

Congratulations and wishing you many many more happy years ahead.I love the way you wrote this poem.