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Today is International women’s day and I wanted to use my time to talk about my hero. Or my shero. (she-ro? s-hero?)
To find the women who have significance around you, you often don’t have to look too far. And indeed that is so in my case. I am proud to say, that she is my wife.
I have spent the better part of my life with her and actually, I don’t remember much of my life without her. It is a classic story of yin and yang. She is my glass half full when I was half empty and my glass half empty when I was full. She is my eternal pessimist to counterbalance my optimism and a grounded doer to my daydreams and fantasies.
In the first part of our life, she had to spend a lot of her time bringing up our kids, especially with a lazy husband like me playing the patriarchy game, I am sure I did not pick up an equal load in that child-rearing game. Though in my defense, I spent a better part of my lifetime dragging her from India through various cities including Singapore, New York, San Francisco, and Fredericton before we found our footing in Toronto.
Canada was good to her and with the kids growing up, it helped her blossom in her professional career. In recent times, as I have been fighting some physical and mental pandemics of my own, she has stepped up to take a leadership role at home balancing her growth at work and the needs of her family.
I know dearest, I have not been an easy one to live with - as even I knowing me, would not marry someone like me, so I have lucked out this lifetime that indeed you did and that I found you.
So, I just wanted to take the time today to say “Thank you” to my lady. And without any doubt celebrate you on international women’s day. You are indeed my hero.