Thursday, 10 December 2009

Afterword


A beautiful Indian sky on our final evening



Daddy and Maya at Bangalore airport, leaving India



We are back!

Maya watched enough tv on the plane to last a lifetime (her eyes had gone an unhealthy pink colour by the end) and Lily did lots and lots and lots of pacing the aisles with one or the other blurry eyed parent in tow. I had a whole cup of orange juice chucked over me, but thankfully this was towards the end, so I only had to sit in a damp, sweet-smelling soggy puddle for the final hour, which I thought was pretty good going.

The first thing I noticed when we walked out onto English soil, far more than the cold, was just how dark is was already getting by 3.30 in the afternoon. And the first thing that Maya noticed as we hurtled round the M25 was that there were no yellow rickshaws on the road. Just as well, as they would have been flattened in an instant.

We're now safely at my parents-in-law, and here we shall be until we find somewhere to rent. Where we'll end up is still a mystery as we just can't work out what we can afford at the moment, and it's a difficult thing to admit that it's not much!!

Maya is in heaven - she's with her beloved grandparents, is living in her Peppa Pig spotty wellies and has a whole host of new (invariably pink) clothes to wear, passed down from cousin Daisy. And of course there are all the sparkly Christmas decorations, trees and Father Christmas's wherever you look so yes, it's a good time to come back.

I've had a good long think about whether or not to continue this blog now that we're back home, and I've decided I'm not going to. Now, it's not that there aren't plenty of adventures to be had back here in England. But the reason I started Maya's blog was to record her months in India. I've adored writing this blog for her and a part of me feels really sad to stop, but I feel that the original purpose of the blog has been achieved and it's drawn to it's natural conclusion.

HOWEVER....because the field that Maya's daddy is in is water and sanitation for the poor, it is 99% likely that after 2-3 years back in the UK we'll be heading abroad again for pastures new. Maybe Maya's writing will be good enough by then to do a blog on me (tee hee) or perhaps by then I'll blog about her little sister Lily's adventures in a developing country.

The other thing I've acknowledged is that I don't want to just put a full stop at this end of this post and say hey, that's it. So that's why I'll still be posting sporadically to let you know how Maya's getting on (and Lily of course), how Maya's mama copes without her chai and curries and where the devil we end up living on this funny little island. I have no idea how frequent these posts will be. I'd say infrequent, so if you'd like me to drop you a line to tell you when a new post is up, please just send me an email to rnarracott(put the '@' sign in here)gmail.com

As I said last time, THANK YOU for reading this. It's a funny old thing, is blogging. I've always thought that I'm lucky if I get a handful of readers, so when I occasionally check the stats and see that I'm getting 30-40 hits a day, I'm flabbergasted. Now, I know that for blogging terms, this number of daily hits is nada, zilch, rien but for me...well, it's great and has far surpassed my expectations. On another note entirely, I was commended in a blog post competition for my post, Muddling through in the monsoon, which I was dead chuffed about. I follow the blog of the lady who won, Fran Hill. Well done Fran if you're reading this! Click here to see her winning entry, and you can also scroll down a bit to see mine.)

Ok, I'll stop jabbering now. It is impossible and completely inappropriate that Maya's mama should have the final word on Maya's blog. So here are a few questions for the little lady herself, utterly unabridged.


Mama: Hello, Maya. How are you?

Maya: Fine

Mama: How old are you?


Maya:
Free

Mama: What did you do today?


Maya: Play with Lily


Mama: Are you happy to be back in England?


Maya: (Big definite nod)


Mama: What things do you like in England?


Maya: Balloon. Car. Bunk bed. The puzzles.

Mama: What do you miss in Bangalore?

Maya: My skipping rope. That dress, not the other one Banglore, that one, that stripey one with the pockets.


(At this stage of the interview, Maya goes AWOL and when I say I have a few more questions, she exclaims 'Lily do it!' Hmm.....Eventually she is coaxed back.)

Mama: Do you miss any people in Bangalore?

Maya: Aanya. Only that.

Mama: Do you like travelling or being at home?


Maya:
Being....travelling.

Mama: What would you like to tell people on your blog?


Maya:
(Dances a little jig) Just don't want to say anything to people.

Mama: What would you like for Christmas?


Maya: I don't know, you choose. We will see. Will we see?

(Obviously depends what mood you catch her in - last week she put in a request for a bike, a plane and a puzzle)

Mama: Maya, thanks for letting us be part of your life in India through your blog.

Maya: No (very adamant face), I haven't got a life.

(Mama laughs)

Maya: Well, maybe I got a little bit life.

Yup, I'd say you've got a little bit life, darling Maya. In fact, you've got a whole lot more than a little bit life and you've got so much to look forward to.

And I can't wait to share it with you.

You've coped so very well with being dragged to the other side of the world. And then back again. You are my little curly haired starlet and I'm proud of you.

Your Mama

xoxoxo

9 comments:

  1. Hey, I'm sorry you're only going to be posting sporadically. Thanks for my mention - reading the posted entries for the competition is quite fun. I think I might sign up to a couple of their blogs. Anyway, welcome to sunny England, and I hope things settle down very quickly for you and the children.

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  2. oh, goodbye and good luck. Been lovely getting to kind-of-feel-like we know you and Maya and Lily! We made the move back from abroad too and even though I kept saying it was just for a year or so until we would be off travelling again, tom's diagnosis of autism, all the support of my family, plus the children being so settled and happy means that probably (definately) won't be happening. But I am actually feeling really settled and happy too. Hope you feel that wherever you end up.

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  3. Gulp...that bought a tear to my eye. It's been lovely and I'm thrilled to have been able to read about you Maya. Good luck with everything, all of you. X

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  4. its been great reading these posts, Becks! looking forward to seeing you all over crimbo..

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  5. Even though I don't know you, I will miss your little updates on Maya! She looks quite a bit like my 2-year-old grandbaby, and it sounds like she has a similar spunky little personality. Enjoy your time back home. Hope you have a lovely holiday season.

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  6. Thank you very much all of you for your lovely comments!
    Maya and Rebecca x

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  7. I've loved reading your blog and having not had internet for a month due to our move I was sad to see that thats the end of Maya's blog.... well lets see if I can start up my blog again for Lola and Otto now that we're in Spain..... masses of love to you all, Happy Christmas and hope to see you all in Spain soon xxxxxxx love Bex, Pablo, lola and otto

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