Of Toddlers and Impromptu Hugs


As a parent, there’s perhaps nothing more rewarding than when your little one gets really excited to see you. Yes, in some ways it’s like having a puppy at home, except that this ‘puppy’ doesn’t usually lick as much. Well, most times anyway. But it is those impromptu expressions of physical love, that make everything worthwhile.  

It was Saturday and I’d been out since morning, meeting a client that I ghost-write articles for. It was noon when I returned. As soon as I opened the front door, my toddler son ran towards me from the kitchen. He wraps those tiny arms around me and gives me a kiss on my cheek. Shocked as I am, I return the hug. While he’s often happy to see me, most of the times the reason is because I’d have promised to bring him some chocolate, crayons or lollipop, However, I’d promised nothing of that sort this time. I lift him up and slowly walk towards the ouch. He burrows his face deeper into my chest, as if trying to find a comfortable spot. Slowly, with his arms around me, he pats my back, as if to say, ‘It’s okay!’.


To read the rest of this post, visit “Outside the Kitchen Window” by Gayatri Aptekar.

The link opens in a new page. So you can come back here to leave a comment, or feel free to leave on there too.

When the lovely Gayatri asked me for a guest post, she had just one demand  - that the post be a ‘typical Daddy Journals’ post, laced with some self-deprecating humour and about my escapade with my little one. And, I hope I’ve been able to deliver.


Gayatri is no stranger within the circle of bloggers. She’s a creative writer, an exceptional dancer, a very powerful motivational speaker, an excellent storyteller, a loving mom and has an amazingly cheery personality. Since my words cannot do enough justice to her amazing abilities as a speaker, I’m going to plug-in a link to one of her stories.

Watch the inspirational “The Age of Aquarius”, where she talks about the millions of emotions behind her beautiful smile.


Thank you, Gayatri, for hosting me on your lovely blog today. It was a pleasure writing this piece for you. Hope your readers enjoy it too.

P.S. This is my 150th post on I Wrote Those. So, it's pretty darn special.


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