Nikita is everything that I am not. Smart, alert and quick-witted. The minute she is awake, she is out of the bed and about. It’s like she’s afraid she’s going to miss something exciting if she sleeps some more.
She was one of the most difficult babies to handle till she was about 3 yrs old. She cried a lot, was very fussy and made my life miserable in every way she could think of.
It must have been a phase I guess because now she is kind, polite and very helpful to everybody except ofcourse her sister for whom she reserves her worst best or is it best worst;-/.
Naina & I call her Lucy Loll. Lucy Loll is a character in an Enid Blyton book who leans on anybody she meets. Similarly Nikita, I just have to pass by and she’ll immediately fake tiredness and lethargy and put her whole weight on me[this mostly happens when she is feeling jobless;-/].
Weight reminds me…she is very skinny just like how I was when I was her age. Most people remark on it making both of us parents feel like we don’t feed her enough at home. I think it's because she burns calories even when she is sitting down quietly somewhere….I can feel her restlessness all the time.
Her keen sense of smell is note-worthy. When we go visiting Nikita will fiercely whisper into my ear "Mama you know I don't like Orange juice, please don't make me drink it". She can actually smell what our hostess is preparing in the kitchen. Even at home, as soon as she walks in after school she'll sniff the air & tell me exactly what I made for lunch.
She is always asking questions “Why is that…”, “How is it possible…”, “where does the…”. I am often drained out just watching her in action.
She is neat by nature; I never had to nag her in any way regarding her cleanliness/hygiene. Her handwriting is one of the best in her class.
When I'm sick she is the one who loiters around me waiting for my next command. So many times I have awakened to find her sitting quietly and holding my hand. She has in my weak moments reduced me to tears with her thoughtfulness.
When I'm stressed or hard-pressed for time I dump all the small jobs on her and she does them all for me and awaits further orders. The best part is….it’s not like she is doing it under duress. She is very interested in everything I do, which ofcourse is not a very good thing sometimes;-P
Listening to audio-books on my iphone is one of her favourite activities. And at the same time she’ll be working with clay, threads, scoobie strings or if nothing else will be fiddling with her hair.
Sometimes when I refuse to buy something for myself because it’s too expensive she’ll tell me that she’ll get it for me when she starts earning. She’s also planning to take me to Switzerland and Singapore. Papa is welcome too but Naina is not invited. But Naina is planning to hide in the suitcase[only I know that:-)]. Just hearing all this makes me feel all warm & go “Awww my lil girl” in my mind. Naina at the same time will be looking at her sister like as if she is crazy thinking about wasting money on the old mater when one could splurge on goodies for self;-/.
I'm posting here a picture of a clay peacock she made 3 yrs back. Some of you will remember it in a tag I posted long back:-).
A few days back I asked her if she remembered making it she shook her head; I showed her the picture and she was shocked at the poor craftsmanship She then made another peacock to show how much she has improved :-).