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Fluttery, dancing,
sprightly butterflies
make me sigh.

How time flies!

From...
blowing balloons
which go 'pop' in an instant
to flying those
'I-simply-refuse-to-fly' kites.

From...
days filled with
moulding unshapely mud pies,
messy sessions of finger painting,
curiosity filled days...
amassing leaves and seeds,
indulging in sticky artwork
that leaves adults in tears.

From...
whispering  funny secrets,
splashing water amidst squeals,
presenting pouting pink lips
thanks to licking lollipops,
jumping upon sand castles
while collecting seashells,
discovering a bear shaped cloud,
talking nonsense to the beaming stars
and beckoning the cheery moon.

From...
yearning for claps while preening
as  'dressed up' grandma
before the winking mirror,
holding sway as a model teacher
over a class of errant pupils...
dad being enrolled as one
or simply trying out mom's dresses
as a wannabe fasionista.

From...
running hard yet unable to catch
those winged beauties- the dragonflies,
sprinkling water over
a queue of greedy ants,
blowing bubbles over grandpa's head, mimicking the 'caw caw' tune
of the raucous crow
and feeding the scampering squirrels.

From...
little hands covering dad's eyes
catching him unawares,
kicking the ball high
into the neighbour's yard,
being a jump rope artiste,
whoops of victory after
playing hide and seek or
chatting with a gigantic
blooming Champaka tree.

From...
munching yummy, crispy pakoras
on  those dull rainy days,
heads bent over
a game of snakes and ladders,
racing outside for a twig
to fill the wet sand  with drawings
of funny looking dad and mom,
a little umbrella waiting nearby
for that inevitable rain dance.

From...
plaiting grandma's long hair,
skilled fingers rolling clay
to come up with a 'once seen' beetle,
running around driving
an imaginary bus
making honking noises,
pressing a lil' nose
against the wet windowpane
to count the sparkly raindrops,
drawing countless 'smileys'
plus crying endlessly
when a small paper boat turns turtle.

Such glorious, huggable
childhood moments!

Hmm!
The butterflies
have moved over
to a more serious business -
seeking food.







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