As you can imagine, we all are enjoying our time with our little Apra so much! Yesterday the sun came out after several days of fog and it was nicely warm outside. So we took her out and she could inaugurate her stroller. We have bought it actually for Ammaji and Babbaji who will enjoy rolling her down the path of the Ashram. But of course the children were thrilled with this new sensation and so they were the first ones to take a few rounds with Apra.
It is wonderful to have this little girl here and there is really always someone to hold her and take care of her. Two days ago I was sitting on my chair with Apra in my arms and my father came into the room. He looked at us and said ‘Now you play for a while and then you can give her to me.’ He put himself into the queue, telling me that it was his turn to hold her next and play with her. We all had to laugh but it is really beautiful to have loving family around.
Maybe the fact that here are so many people to take care of her the whole day long makes our little one so calm and peaceful. Or it is her nature and personality that already shows. Whatever it is, she is a very happy child, continues to smile a lot and does not cry much. The first picture of her smiling was taken only four hours after her birth and now, not even two weeks later I watch how she starts reacting to your words and interacting with her face expression and even small noises – it is just lovely!
Apra loves being with her grandparents and they love to have her in their room for hours. She lies on their bed and they talk to her and watch her or take her in their lap. When I see my mother like that, holding our Apra in her arms, it makes me very happy. She has a special smile that I have not seen for several years.
It is this shine in her eyes that I knew before but which vanished with the death of my sister. In the years after Para’s fatal accident, I did not see that joy and this complete happiness in her eyes anymore. Her face is shining now again, after the birth of my daughter.
Seeing how happy Ammaji is these days makes me feel that we gave this gift to her and that makes me proud, happy and at the same time humble, thinking of how much happiness a little being like her can bring. It is a miracle in this world that such a creation is possible.
Again, we are just happy to have the blessing of this little one in our lives. Tomorrow Ramona’s father will arrive here for a visit, so she will enjoy spending time with her German grandfather, too.