Imitating Nik

My little boy tried to imitate the big ones in quite an obvious way some days back…he tried laughing like them. The other day when the adults of the house were all catching up on the latest and having a ball…Nik was whiling away his time on the walker…amused by the loud laughs of the adults with its rises and lows followed by the silent gaps. To catch a little attention he tried imitating it and it worked well. To his surprise all the adults were now looking at him…he did it again…Heeheeehehe….every time closing his eyes slightly. It was a roller coaster ride of laughter after that… He starts it and we all followed…
Most of the early learning and of course all through our lives later happens through Imitation. It’s said that its one of the most powerful ways of learning. According a site which I was reading, researchers found out that if they stuck out their tongues to babies who were just a few hours old, the babies would stick out their tongues in response. Babies learn all most all the things by being copycats, hence it very important that parents/ caretakers watch out on what they do and say…
Well my little learned the adult laugh and yeah with his eyes closed.

Whats in a name?

All this started from the fact that we wanted our little baby’ s name to do something in lines of “Victory” as this year like the Priest proclaimed is the “Year of Victory” and it had proven to be… and I had a small emotional promise to the lord that if you bless us with a baby this year her/his name will be on the same lines…

Baby happened and…we thought of Nicholas, Nick …which in Hindi could be Nikhil and would also match his cousins, will sound good…we were OK but something was missing…

After two days, I went researching and anglicized it a little on pronunciation as ‘Nichael’. On the Baptism day, when I spelled it to my Brother, who happens to be always getting into phonics of every word…said, thanks to all our fellow Indian beings, Indianised pronunciation of the name might just get further twisted to “Nikle” when pronounced as “Mikle” for the name Michael. He suggested me to keep a ‘K’in the spelling….I thought he was very right and made it “NIKHAEL”and registered the name in church and it was on records. (Just for you to know, once the name is registered in church it can’t be changed. They are more strict than the Passport office guys). After a few days when the christening hurry-burry was all settled I went online and searched out the actual meaning of my little boy’s name and would you believe if I say that one of the only websites (well the name was rare ) said it meant ‘Gift from God”…

Every person has a name, and every name is a destiny…this little baby is now “Nikhael”…truly a gift from God given just for us.