I am writing this letter for my daughter and for all those amazing mothers who are helping their children every day, challenge special health needs; you rock Mommies!
My Dear Princess,
It is a pleasure to see you in pink of your health (literally). Every morning my prayers begin with wishing you the very best in life, good health, good friends and happiness that never ends.
I know that you are strong. You are stronger than me. You have seen it all. The pricks and the pain! Your courage is divine. To see you smile through every doctor visit is amazing. You are an inspiration to both your parents because your spirit makes us stronger.
Thalessmia, a genetic blood disorder, inherited from both parent’s gene mutation, is like ‘a cross around the albatross neck’ but we as a family takes it in our stride and each day help you to manage it.
You will be 14 years old this year and it is an awesome feat to see you in teens. All these years we have worked as a team, me, you and your dad along with your doctors but now I want you to take the next step. I am giving you the liberty to take control of your own body, mind and spirit.
Nourish it with proteins so that you can carve out those lady-like curves. Enjoy your dals and eat your chicken so that you can endure the growing-pains.
As much as you don’t relish the vegetables, chomp-off those salads that you like. Raw vegetables give you fresh water as well as fiber along with so many antioxidants that will make your skin glow.
Love your dairy as much as you love your ice-cream. The cow’s milk that we especially get for you will make your bones stronger and you can kick the pedals to your cycle faster. The calcium from milk will make your smile all the more charming as your teeth will shine like little white pearls.
Fruits are your favorite and I smile too see you glee at the sight of anything and everything that is edible-n-pink. Enjoy all colors, eat a rainbow of fruits and radiate with inner joy as your every cell will be grateful for it.
Summers are fun as you get to splash in the pool but you do understand that it can ‘tax’ your energy as we must ensure a good hemoglobin count for you each month. So eat your boiled rice and your favorite parathas along with the millet pancakes as well as idlis and dosas so that you can see through the deepest dive in your pool. After all, you dream to swim with the dolphins one day.
78% of you is water and keep it rehydrated with fresh water, juices, soups and your favorite tender coconut water a day.
I know that you don’t like my frown when I see you eat food from a packet, but it is “A-OK’. Just eat it in moderation and balance it with plenty of seasonal, fresh meals with lots of natural super foods like wheat grass, moringa, amla and cinnamon.
Princess, if there is one gift I want from you this mother’s day is to see you smile every day because I know that when you are healthy on the inside you show it on the outside.
Grace your food daily ‘AnnaData Sukhi Bhava’, meaning those who are providing me with this food, let them be happy. When you say these words you are wishing prosperity to the farmer, the merchant and the cook who help you for your meals. These words are magic. Eat your meals are your nectar and so are all your supplements that help you enjoy the sun rise, hear the birds chirp and say good night to the stars, everyday.