Tuesday, March 22, 2011

The Rite of Passage?

She is entirely dependent on you. Does not know how to manage her long hair. Brings her damp clothes to you to ask, "Mom, is it dry or not?"

Now your 13 year old is out on her own, for ten days, on an NCC camp. She has to fend for herself, decide for herself and manage on her own. She is due to make a PPT presentation on the second day of the camp. She is comfortable with the topic already given. They change the topic on the spot-about 6 hours before presentation time. She is visibly upset. She calls, "Mom what do I do?" (Thank God they are allowed cell phones). You tell her to talk to her incharge. She doesn't want to, for she thinks it is a cowardly move. You are busy in your college function where your stay is mandatory. While sitting there, you google the stuff, call her and give her the links because her incharge's internet connection on his computer is too slow to download the stuff from your email. She somehow manages to sew the pieces together. Calls you about an hour prior to the presentation. "Mom, does my voice look like I have been crying?"

What do you do?


10 comments:

Phoenixritu said...

Awww! I feel for the both of you you. This post melted my tough as leather heart

Oreen said...

oye, let her be.
it is an NCC camp...where she has to fight the unexpected...
but then she can always bank on resources from the supply line (here it is you)...

koi nehi... she will do well

Iya said...

awww.
you tell her that she is a champion and will rock her presentation. blow her some kisses and say you love her.

hugs to you both. let us know how she did?

dipali said...

Big hugs to both of you. I'm sure she was fine.

How do we know said...

Having a supermom sure helps! :-)

Pinku said...

Hey...

where is the next post which says she did well...where you and Rasan are involved how can success be far behind?

dr.rajindarjit@gmail.com said...

NCC camp, a passion for Rasan!
She will come out of it a wiser Rasan and more active cadet.
Her presentation is not new to her. She can do well, if need be she will ask you.
Managing long hair is something ticklish for her, but she will overcome.
Let us hope for the best!

May God be with her to overcome all the hurdles!
Dhindsa

kiran grewal sekhon said...

say, strong girls dont cry!!!i knw you also...it ws just a moment!!!you' l grow out of it!!love you bby!!!you cn do it!

indianhomemaker said...

Heartbreaking! I wish it worked when we said they won't even remember all this next week/next month...

Usha Pisharody said...

Glad to be here once again, Mampi :)
I was particularly drawn to this post as I thought of how she had managed. I'm sure she made the most of it, but it's always a harrowing experience knowing you have to let them deal with it, and you stand by.

How did she do? She and you, both are probably smiling over it right now :)