Thursday, 18 April 2013

You can find me in a club; bottle full of bub

Last night during bath time, the kids and I were kidding around about our names.

Naveen insisted on being called Grandpa, then Grandma and finally asked us to refer to him only as Daniel. So Deaglan decided they should both start calling me Kimberly. It was a big improvement from a few nights ago when they landed on Mommy-tub. I feigned horror and acted appalled. I knew they didn’t get the implication; they thought it was hysterical because they were in the tub, and well, I’m their Mommy.

Still, I’m glad it didn’t stick.

I don’t mind telling you that for just a second a portal of fear opened up inside me – I caught a glimpse of us around a table 30 years down the road, me as big as a house, wearing a colourful kaftan, the two of them affectionately calling me Mama-tub.

A scene straight out of a Tyler Perry movie.

I listened to Deaglan make a mockery of my name: Kimbo, Kimmy, Kimball (Naveen repeating each one, then both of them laughing maniacally) and it dawned on me that he didn’t know I wasn’t always Kim. So I told him that when I was born, my Bangladesh Mommy and Daddy actually named me Rohima. When I came to Canada Mimi and Papa changed it to Kim.

“Ro-HEEE-MAH????” he asked over and over. He said it to himself a few more times. Then when he was dry and partially clothed again, he ran downstairs and I could hear him asking Shaune if he knew that Mommy’s name was actually Ro-Heee-Mah.  In the middle of the night, when I was escorting him to the bathroom, although half asleep, he whispered it again.


Wait till I tell him that I'm not sure if April 20th is actually my real birthday. That some orphanage director picked it randomly to fill out my adoption papers. This kind of thing freaks even adults out so I decided to wait a few years; maybe I’ll tell him on my 50th when he’s 13 and has the ability to process information like that.

It’s hard to believe I’ll be 50 in eight years.

I’ve been thinking a lot about the point I'm at in my life. Wondering how I should look at it. It’s easy to sink into a middle aged depression. There are a hundred things I haven’t accomplished yet.

I’m not thin enough.
I haven’t finished editing the book I’m working on.
I haven’t found the perfect skin care routine.
I haven’t tried to get published.
I've only seen one Springsteen show.
I haven’t been back to Bangladesh or spent any time in India.
I haven’t put good enough effort into healing all the broken relationships in my life.
I haven’t spent enough time with my friends.
Shaune and I have never been on a honeymoon.
I don't own a pair of these Black Laboutins with the wooden heels

Etc. Etc.

But there’s also this: I realized that this could be the midpoint of my life. I could be halfway through this journey. It made me reconsider and I thought hmmm, this is not so bad. After all I

Survived a difficult childhood
Earned a university degree and college diploma
Lived on my own for most of my twenties.
Met Shaune.
Was blessed with Deaglan and Naveen.
Have been to Graceland.
Have called a peaceful free country my home.
Know how to crop myself out of digital pictures.
Have enough shoes.

Deaglan told me that on Saturday when it’s my birthday I should stay upstairs until he calls me because he and Dad would be working on a surprise. He smiled and whispered  loudly that they might even be getting my favourite cake from Costco but he didn't want to say for sure. It was definitely going to be a surprise though.

This morning, because I was having a good hair day and the resulting smugness was making me a bit uncomfortable, I asked Deaglan how old he thought I’d be turning. He closed one eye, looked up at the ceiling and blurted, “56 right? No, I know, I know, you’ll be one hundred."

And just like that, I was back to my insecure humble self.

 I asked Shaune to take a few pictures this morning before I headed out to work. I wanted to post a picture of myself so you wouldn't forget what I looked like. 
 Some of these are from back at Easter. It's been too long since I've posted. I hate that. 
 Shaune put together this set-up so the kids could dye eggs.
 We were so lucky to have a beautiful day to do the Easter egg hunt at Gramma and Grampa's.
Last weekend we painted birdhouses. The next day we filled them with seeds and hung them in the front yard.


  1. Your mama - tub description cracked me up. May no mother ever have that nickname!

    You look great - I love those yellow pants!!

  2. One hot mama is more like it!

    I also have my own list of unfinished business. We do the best we can, Kim dear-and I think you are amazing:)

    I am beyond happy to have you for a blog friend too, by the way:)

  3. I hit 50 on my last birthday. And while I dreaded it, it's not so bad. There are still things I've not accomplished but I no longer care. Goals just weigh me down and keep me from enjoying what is good in my life. And if you'd told me 20 years ago I'd still be having this much fun at 50, I'm not sure I'd have believed it.

  4. Happy (belated) Birthday, you gorgeous lady!! I haven't done a lot of things either, but to choose to look at everything you HAVE accomplished is to choose happiness.
    P.S. I don't think you'll ever be "as big as a house, wearing a colorful kaftan"...LOL! That made me laugh :)

  5. Happy Birthday Gorgeous! You are way ahead of the game in your accomplishments.
    Plus I know for a fact that most 20 somethings who would eat a dirt sandwich to look like you.

  6. Kim, your writing brings a smile to my face...
    Wishing you Happy Birthday my friend!!! You are gorgeous and I absolutely LOVE your yellow pants. ;)


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