Motherhood is a journey like no other. Because it starts with the decision to have your heart go walking around outside your body. It’s headier than the headiest of roller coaster rides by being fun, exhilarating, exhausting, challenging, confusing and rewarding, all at the same time. And there’s nothing that can prepare one for this ultimate ride of the life. All that one can possibly do is hang on tight.

I’ve always heard people talk about how becoming a parent changes you; that it’s so fulfilling, it completes you and it’s a love unlike any other love you’ve felt before. I never doubted them, but they did sound a little over-the-top. The truth is, I can’t put into words the feeling that came with holding my baby for the first time. For me motherhood is like discovering the existence of a strange new room in the house where I already lived. It was about learning about strengths I didn’t know I had, dealing with fears I didn’t know existed and the realization that I can do almost anything one-handed. Indeed, my three and a half year old at home is my greatest teacher of all, who has taught me five priceless lessons of life –

  1. Having no biases when it comes to love
  2. No social boundaries- Until a child is told to “never talk to strangers!” they have no qualms about talking to random people
  3. To see everybody as being special- the admiration they have in their eyes when they look everybody around them…That sparkle….
  4. To be happy for no reason
  5. To demand with all his might what he demands.

Here’s to the one who has spiked my learning curve by several notches. And also to millions of children like him who possess the same brilliance in their simplicity. They may not know much about the world, but in some ways this is their biggest strength.

Irin Chatterjee, Mother

Reaching the milestone age of ‘five’ years should be a joyful journey. From learning how to smile to saying the first words. From learning how to hold a toy, to crawling, walking and finally running. This is a journey full of firsts that impacts the rest of a child’s life. The reality however, is that not all children are able to experience this joy of growing up healthy, because of inadequate nutrition and healthcare.  You can change the first five years of children’s lives for the better.

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