Sonny boy has now(after his Ammamma started staying longer periods with us) started reciting some longer sandhyanaamangal.
He says the slokams devoted to Ganesha, Saraswati, Bhagwati, Krishna.. etc.
When the Ammamma went off 2 weeks back, I decided to continue with the habit whenever I could - if I got back from office early enough to light the evening lamp.
So yesterday evening, when I had prompted him for all of the slokams he knew, he said
"Amma, I know one more!"
I looked enquiringly at him.
And he proceeded to say an English prayer- one that he recites every morning in his school.
And I was reminded of the mad jumble that morning prayers used to be in my own school, every morning before class began
(I've forgotten the end. If any of my readers remembers this ancient prayer, please do tell me the whole of it again.)
And then I thought that there was a prayer that I DID remember.
And I told him the Our Father...
He repeated the words after me, for a change understanding a little bit of what he was praying for.
Our Father in Heaven
hallowed be Your name
Your Kingdom come
Your will be done
On earth as in Heaven.
Give us today our daily bread...
"Give us today our daily bread..." I repeated encouragingly
"Bread??!! you're asking Him for bread????"
"Yes", I hushed him, and we completed the rest of the prayer
Forgive us our sins
As we forgive those who sin against us
Do not bring us to the test
But deliver us from all evil
And I threw a look at the Gods and said in my mind,
Ok God, Bread, and some more...?
4 days ago