Sufi Playing Piano In Delhi!
Sufi has been fond of music, ever since she was born. When we went to Delhi back from Goa (she was born here) the i pod became a part and parcel of the room where she slept, for she wouldn’t go to sleep without the songs being played on the ipod.
And, knowing her love for music, we knew she might like the piano or the big keyboard that we have. Ofcourse she did!
And, now, the keyboard is where she and I spend some quality time playing notes, checking out the buttons! And she is especially very amused when she listens to the different sounds in the Keyboard named: Heart beat sound, punch etc.
I one day took her to the Keyboard, while everyone else was having dinner, and I was with her for nearly an hour or more. She and I browsed the various songs. Some of those songs are Karaokes you can sing along. At that moment I was reminded of some beautiful memories of me dancing on all of those songs when I was younger – say – 3 or 4. Then, I imagined me and Sufiana dancing together on these songs, when she’s three or four. I sometimes feel, “Wow! Only 3 months left for Sufi’s one-year birthday! And imagine her taking steps and walking towards me.”
She usually gives me signs to communicate that she wants to go to the Keyboard. She points to it, and says “ho” and looks at me! She enjoys exploring the buttons, and keys by banging and running her hands through them. And, when she hits hard, I tell her to be gentle. I’m sure she has begun to understand now. The funny thing is that, when someone tries to play something with her to show her on the keyboard, she pushes his/her hand as if saying: “Let me play by myself”!
Sufiana with her Grandmother (nani).
- We have a really big (floor to ceiling) mirror just outside one of the rooms, and I can’t begin to explain how Sufiana loves looking into it. She looking at herself with much curiosity. She jumps, and squeals. I sometimes say to her: “Sufiana! Look there is your twin sister in the mirror!” and she looks back at me.
Initially she would get puzzled seeing those ‘mirror people’; she would look into the mirror and then look back at me as if to make sure in whose arms she actually is and who’s real and who’s not.
But now, I am pretty sure she understands the concept of mirror, I mean not in the scientific way of it but that the people outside the mirror are the real ones.
I also ‘play’ with her by way of having conversations.
Like real conversations I’d have with someone of my age, or even adults. I don’t mean I treat her like a grown-up kid or an adult. But, mamma tells me that having meaningful conversations with babies is good for them (and for us). Sometimes, while playing on the bed she suddenly stops and starts saying something to me. Or many times, when she wants to show me something she points to it with her finger and says: “Aauu”.
And given that we have a space around our house, with so much greenery, I show her birds and butterflies and buffaloes, which she really enjoys and appreciates. When showing her, I tell her, “Look Sufi! A butterfly – over there!” And see looks back at me surprised as if to say – “I like it”.
And the surprising thing is that now she constantly points to things to ask us what this is and what that is. She’s always wanting to know more about her surroundings – inside house and outside. She also points when she wants to show us something; when something catches her eye.
On the Pallolem Beach.
Sufiana loves being on the beach. And she loves to play on the waves. So when we are carrying her she tells us to let her be on the sand or in water.
So, Sufiana and I play, interact and bond in so many ways. Though she’s much smaller than me, we enjoy each other’s company. I can say she’s my playmate and I’m hers.