My inspiration for writing comes from my everyday mundane daily routine, doing what everyone does. Like taking care of the family, doing laundry, talking to a friend, walking, shopping, or surfing the internet or at my place of employment. Sometimes from very emotional funny incident with my little one. In all these, an idea flies into my brain that becomes a write up. To me everything I see or read or do tends to be a good story line to share. In this day and time where person to person communication is now so scarce, the web is our only means of getting to share.
My little one have had this simple ritual of taking chocolate with warm milk since he was about eight months old, he just so love it had become a routine that as he grew he would break and return to. I always have his favourite cocoa in the kitchen cabinet.
Today, he woke up and of course asked politely if he could have his warm chocolate drink. I decided to go downstairs to prepare it as usual but as I went out of his room, his little voice called out, “mum don’t forget the ingredient” I stopped in my track and looked back asking, “what ingredient?
“The ingredient for my chocolate drink” he replied. I smiled and reminded him I have been making the drink for him since a was baby. I finished and brought it to him and yet again he asked me, “mum are you sure you used the right ingredient as usual? I thought I always knew the ingredients, so why is my young man quizzing me now, what does he mean by the right ingredients?
As I handed the cup to him I smiled lovingly and answered “yes honey” because at that moment the answer was evident to me, I knew what the ingredient was. The key ingredient for making my son’s chocolate drink for the past five years plus was not the cocoa powder and warm the milk but the “love” The love of a mum, to wake up at odd hours of the night when he wanted that drink and not complaining or feeling to sleepy to oblige. The love of being asked first thing in the morning to prepare it after a hard night at work.
Like every thing else parents do for kids, the key ingredients to a wonderful family or relationship is love. Not money, not wealth, not gold or silver but love, as the bible points out “the greatest of all is love”
As I realized this and told my little one that I did use the very ingredient I have used from the first day I made it till date and that is love for him. I tickled him as usual which brought a joyous bubble. In my heart of heart I know he understood. The key ingredient is “love”