Align | Owner In Residence

beatrice
September 26th, 2017

Align | Owner In Residence

beatrice

September 26th, 2017

 

Having nourished our souls in tranquil waters, my ducklings and I wait for the dawn of a new day that brings with it the promise of learning and growing together.

 

 

From the moment they wake up, each one of my ducklings display a unique personality—one comes alive immediately, the rest gradually jump-start their day, while the one at the center insists on luxuriating in warm coziness.

 

 

With a family like this, there is never a dull moment. Take my sixth ducking; her mischievous antics never fail to distract me. And she knows it, which makes it more fun.

 

 

Then there is my fourth; her leadership qualities are commendable; she takes it upon herself to lead us across the path each day.

 

 

And while I pride in my third and seventh—the responsible ducklings who make sure we move as a group—I worry about my fifth and eighth as they are not showing any signs of uniqueness or passion. These ducklings require extra attention.

 

 

My anxiety of parenting gets a respite each time my second born chases dancing petals or make spontaneous sounds of joy; he reminds us how important it is to live in the moment.

 

 

What would I do without my third one I wonder? She leads with conviction; the delight with which she jumps into the water encourages her siblings to follow suit. And to their delight, they enjoy the water, splash around and make mischief.

 

 

Parenting is not always smooth. On the challenging days—when I am drained or short-tempered (or both)—my first-born reminds me how much he values me. These sincere expressions of gratitude uplift me into a state of purpose. In this manner, we support each other’s qualities, nurturing what is unique to each one of us. After all, it is diversity that creates a beguiling bouquet.

 

 

Each day is teamwork, and once accomplished, we paddle gently to unwind in the sleeping pond. Having kept my ducklings busy from dawn to dusk, I cherish my moments alone—to preen and settle in with silence. My last born, though the youngest, is also the most thoughtful—when her needy siblings attempt invading my private time, she firmly reminds them of the importance of investing in oneself. And my darling is right—the way I take care of myself affects the way I guide my ducklings, and in turn, affects how they interact with the world.

 

 

I rear my offsprings with the philosophy of growing with a collaborative spirit. In this special space there is no room for provoked competition, unnecessary negotiations, shaming or fear instilling shouting (My flapping and quacking are reserved for particularly bad behavior.). I believe an environment of order, discipline, and respect fosters individuality while establishing togetherness. It is in this spirit of harmony that we deftly meander into the settling sun, swimming in contentment.

Heera

 

 

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