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The best certificate in the world.

How the children address me and their dad, depends entirely on their mood.
If it is urgent, they call me "MAAAAA..." .
If they are with their friends (and they always talk in a Brit accent if they are) then it is "Mum" ( with stress on the right syllables the way a native English speaker would say it)
If they are feeling very affectionate, it is "Mommini", a word they made up.
They even call me "Cutie-pie Mommy" :) Sometimes even "cutie."

It's the same for their dad. They call him "Pa" or "Papa" or even "Poppet" or "Poppy" and sometimes even "poppy doopy doo" :-)

One of the things their dad does particulary well with them is baking a cake. (Yeah, he bakes and he bakes well) They love helping him to bake while I watch them, the two little helpers scampering about, carrying out the instructions of the Master Chef. :-)


The other day , for a change, I  baked a lovely chocolate cake for them, instead of them doing it with their dad. The kids  (my 12 year old son and 9 year old daughter) loved it and said (as usual) that I am the best mummy in the world. I revelled in the adulation.

A few days later when I went to my daughter's room, I discovered a 'certificate' that she had made which was hidden under a pack of crayons. The crayons were covering the middle part of the certificate. I saw the title and I saw  P------- Shenoy and I presumed she had made a certificate for me.

"Thaaaank you Purvi. This is so sweet of you ", I called out.

She looked puzzled for a few seconds. then she said sheepishly "Oh Mummy.Please don't feel bad that I  made only for papa and  I didn't write your name. I will add it now."

That was when I noticed that the certificate had been made out for "Poppet Shenoy" and not Preeti Shenoy :-) My daughter quickly made amends, by grabbing the nearest pen and adding my name as well.

Over the years, I have  collected several academic degree certificates (including an all India first rank) and several certificates in Sports (at National level) and extra curricular activities too.

But honestly nothing beats this one that I got.

You really have to earn this certificate and no amount of studying or practice can get you this one. It is truly priceless and I so cherish it. :-) Isn't this the best certificate in the world? :-)

Comments

  1. Yes the most valuable and precious certificate...:)

    So happy and exciting to see this Preeti....

    I just loved it.... If I have a kid i wanted to bring them up like you...

    My first comment in your blog. Happy to write this....

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  2. It IS the best certificate ever! I can almost visualize the impish smile on Purvi`s face as she gave you the card:)You do have the best kids in the world. Hugs to them.

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  3. So sweet of ur kids :)

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  4. Hi Preeti...Yes of course.. the bestesttt..:)) Like my son said on his 9th birthday.."Thank you amma for giving birth to me"!! You can imagine how I felt at that moment!!.. He is 17 now, but that is one birthday of his which I will never forget!!..Cheers to your lovely children..:)). Now I wonder.. did I ever do or say such beautiful things to my mother or father..?..maybe yes... I hope I did..

    Love,

    Reshmi

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  5. Awwww.That is so adorable :)
    Who wouldn't want to get such a cute appreciation from their kiddos?
    I know how elated you'd have been :) :)

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  6. that is soooo sweeetttt :D
    indeed its the best certificate you can get :)

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  7. Awww Awwww Awwwww! You deserve it :)

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  8. your kids are adorable.. :-)

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  9. OMG! I am speechless! I loooooooove Purvi :)

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  10. Oh.. thats incredibly sweet !

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  11. This is truly the most cherished gesture and surely the one to be treasured forever and ever. So sweet of the kids...they are really lovely!

    I also love a No.1 Mommy medal i got from my daughter on mothers day :) All made by her obviously with the help :) (she was only 2 then)

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  12. It is undoubtedly the best certificate that one could get. However in typical boss style the credit has been stolen from the person who actually deserved it. Just saw how you have claimed it is the best certificate you have got - not fair. Having said that bit I must say that you are one of the best cooks I have ever known but that still does not give you the right to steal my certificate away. One up for Satish this time around :)

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  13. Totally agree Preethi this certificate is World ka best !!... she did this with her heart...see the kids know how to be diplomatic at such a tender age. Hugs to lil Purvi.

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  14. That was really adorable! U r really blessed to have such children :)

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  15. It so IS the best certificate ever!
    Nothing beats the appreciation of a child cos it's always honest:D

    And teach them 'popsicle' for their dad. I use it sometimes :P

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  16. Preeti , your 'mama moments' blog posts go straight into the heart. I love the way she made that certificate. So honest and priceless :)

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  17. Hi Preeti,
    I was having a smile across my face as i was reading, for the reason as you kids address you Mom Mommie...
    Ahh I to address my Mom similar way... Damm I am missing her a lot.... At times i hate to stay away from family (rather then at times I say I hate staying away)

    Enjoy your best certificates, if u are to crate a wall of fame, you will be running out of wall to put up all those special awards.. Lol

    Have a great day and week

    Cheers,
    Anish

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  18. Anish: Thanks a lot for your lovely comment :) Just pick up the phone and have a long chat with your mom :)

    Nandana: Thank you so much!

    Sucheta: That is sweet! Already did :) Thanks for a new name.

    S: Touch wood. Yes I do feel blessed.Thanks a lo :)

    Rajashree: Oh yes--big little diplomats they are :)

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  19. Satish: She did write 'preeti shenoy' :) 'Poppet shenoy' is an entity not recognised by law :)

    Life begins: Oh yes--these things are cherished indeed.

    Nithya: Very :) Thanks :)

    Mamta: Heheheheh...same pinch :)

    sillybilly: Heh heh..thanks :)

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  20. Harma: thanks :)

    Shachi: Wait till Ruhi grows up a little more :)

    Rajlakshmi: It indeed is :)

    Vaish: i was happy indeed :)

    Reshmi:I don't know if we did. :) Your son is sweet! Stay blessed!

    Krishna: My daughter made this :) Yes--thanks :)

    Ruchira: She made it and left it there and forgot all about it :) I discovered it :)

    Mihir: :)

    Jaanaki: Yeah :)

    Nach: Welcome to my blog and thank you so much for leaving a comment. Hope you do! God bless!

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  21. I bet that it made you feel very special :)

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  22. This is priceless, very nice Preeti.

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  23. Absolutely,the best and sweetest certificate to have! :)

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  24. wow!!

    so very cute..

    i finally got to read your book today

    its amazing

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  25. one up for the great satish shenoy and for the greatest preeti shenoy for the warm people they have always been.

    Love you both

    Sandhya

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  26. This was really cute.. surely an upcoming artiste!!

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  27. Now that was so cute and adorable of Purvi :)

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