This year my little grandson decided to forgo all toys for his birthday and to ask all his friends to send the money to Project Why instead. This was conveyed to me
some in all seriousness some days back via Skype. Today is his birthday celebration and this morning I got a mail in my inbox informing me that a donation has been made. The message said: our friend Agastya in St. Louis is the inspiration for this donation. Thank you for all you do for the children's education and betterment in India
. I am sure you can imagine the range of emotions that choked me. I was and am still overwhelmed.
Agastya and the Project Why creche have along association. He was just over a year when he began spending a few hours at our creche each and every time he was in Delhi. And as you can see in the picture he loved being there. Now he has moved thousands of miles away, but he has not forgotten his friends.
The toys he will not receive this year will metamorphose into school bags, pencil cases and lunch boxes for his less privileged friends as some of them will be graduating from the creche and going to regular school just like Agastya. I know they will be thrilled and so will he.
Sharing and compassion are values that need to be taught to children at an early age. I am proud and humbled to see that Agastya's parents have done so. I wish all parents understood how important this is.
I could blot have been who I am, if my parents had to found it necessary to teach me the right values. I will always remain indebted to them and hope to be able to always live to their expectations.
However a grandma is a grandma! Guess who is going to receive a box filled with toys verysoon.
Happy Birthday Agastya and thank you for being such an inspiration.