Close Encounters of the First Kind
Each child is magical being but somewhere along the way some of that magic wears of, and our imagination gets limited due to the working knowledge of the world. This book is an attempt at capturing the innocent, unperturbed, and yet nascent mind of my daughter. More
I still remember the first time I saw my daughter. Actually, it does seem like yesterday. Funnily enough, the first thing I did was to take my smartphone and click a picture of her since my wife had warned me against babies getting swapped in the hospital and I was not going to take any chances!
I have never been good at creating a lot of visual memories. As a matter of fact, I myself hardly have few visual memories from when I was a kid. No I was not hit on the head too many times! This is just who I am.
Anyway, knowing my unique disability, I resolved to not let it come in the way of documenting each precious moment of my daughter’s journey through her first year. So I took thousands of photographs and enough videos to fill up every possible storage device at hand.
But something was amiss... Often, my much better half and I would be amazed and at times even frustrated by her antics and would wonder what might be going on inside the little but mischievous brain of our daughter. This gave me the idea of writing periodic letters on her behalf to my family describing her childhood. Before I knew it I was hooked! Grammar and other literary nuisances have been tossed off in this book since my princess really wouldn’t care about them!
Each of the letters in the book tries to capture the essence of her experience during the given week or month and is a take on what a baby might think as they try to adapt into an alien world. My apologies if my personal struggle, while trying to keep up with her, trickles into any of the letters. But I am sure that any first year parent would appreciate my creative venting mechanism.
If you are a first year parent then I hope that this book encourages you abandon all signs of adulthood and join in on one of your kid’s adventures. And if you are a veteran, then my hope is that you would relive some of the magic through this book.
If you are planning on having a kid then this book may not be the best place to derive motivation. That being said if you are willing to read into the humor and pardon any sarcasm you would definitely get glimpses into the rewarding journey of a parent.
Each child is magical being but somewhere along the way some of that magic wears of, and our imagination gets limited due to the working knowledge of the world. But this book is an attempt at capturing the innocent, unperturbed, and yet nascent mind of my daughter.
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