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The trousers are outgrown, the bed’s too small, old photos talk of a time when he was just a baby. I just don’t remember when he grew up.


lavsubbu said…
i think he resembled you when he was young..not anymore ;-)
S m i t h a said…
cute! very cute!
Balakumar said…
The eyes! The eyes! They are the same!!!
Anonymous said…
And also, you're growing old. :( Good pictures.
Shyam said…
what a little doll :) Hey, he looks like you, Ammani, esply the smile!
Anjali said…
A cutie pie!Like mom like son!Smart!
wookie said…
awww he is sooo adorable!lucky mom!
Saranya Kishore said…
He is sooo pinch-able!! :)
Love that guy
anantha said…
Ya, the eyes... Suthi podunga :)
Balaji said…
great one. put into words what I think about my daughter almost everyday...
kutti paiyan romba cute :-)
Sundaresan said…
apdiye ongaloda eyes and smile too!!! suthi podunga modhalla....
'kalladi pattaalum padalaam, kannadi pada koodadhu'nnu solluvaanga...('theedhum nandrum pirar thara vaaaraa' apdinnum solluvaanga)...
Thangachee said…
Mottai-oda photos super. my kasakku-killu-kadi-uppa to him!!!

Appadiye main page la irukka motta-u photos a maatu.. romba naala adee irukku.

naa venumna anupparen :)
Thangachee said…
Btw, naa paathadai vida mottai romba tall-a ayttan, i mean periyavanaa ayittan
lovely snaps, cute child..:)
kaaju katli said…
yeccha tuppi baba is adorable :-) Give him a big sqeeze from me!
Uma said…
Time goes so fast, they grow up ever so quickly. Enjoy every min of it Ammani
Eroteme said…
He does resemble you.. in a boyish way! ;-)
A nice warm hug from my side. Has he got enough already? :-)
hari said…
Hey Ammani. The junior Ammani is a cute one. By the way that's the longest story we have seen from you till now. How long is it anyway.
IBH said…
aww! very cute one!
Ramesh said…
Very cute..
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AF said…
You have a very cute son, Ammani. Yea its amazing how they grow fast.
Enjoy every minute of it.
Chakra Sampath said…
lovely... lovely!!
Interesting experiment. Tracing your sons growth with the growth of this blog's popularity.
Sneha Acharya said…
Son .. oh he has the cuteness and naughty look of a baby girl .. Wishing him all the very best!!!


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Now and Then

"Now that I'm fifty-seven",
My mother used to say,
"Why should I waste a minute?
Why should I waste a day

Doing the things I ought to
Simply because I should?
Now that I'm fifty-seven
I'm done with that for good."

But now and then I'd catch her
Trapped in some thankless chore
Just as she might have been at
Fifty-three or fifty-four

And I would say to her
(And I have to bite my tongue)
That if you mean to learn a skill
It's well worth starting young

And so, to make sure I'm in time
For fifty, I've begun
To do exactly as I please
Now that I'm thirty-one.

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