Project was targeted at "Vocal Variety". It wasn't easy to come up with the topic. I toyed with different ideas and then set on following one. I wrote the speech many times, by focusing on start and end. And then ensured that it is sprinkled with "Vocal variety".
Response , smiles, feedback and evaluation told me that I was successful at this project.
3 LESSONS LEARNED ON A NEW JOB.
Good Evening Toastmasters. I got a new job.
It's mission critical , demanding & 24X7 job. But ..it involves a girl. She hugs me, kisses me on cheek & also puts a big hole in my wallet. Yes – she is 3 year old & incidentally my daughter.
I got the job of father , when she was born in Feb-2008.
As I told you this is very demanding job.
I am early morning person & she sleeps very late.
When it is about 10:30 or 11:00 at night, I start pursuing her & she has excuses.
Papa , This pajama doesn't have Mickey mouse on it ? And no anpanman on shirt !
I grab her, Look it is 11:00, (she doesn't understand but still looks at clock), it is dark outside & Baikiman will come. I switch off light ,& put her on bed, and it is silent.....!
but just for 5 minutes !
And she tweets Papa, Chocolate Milk ! (Common sleep time habit in Indians).
I am bit irritated . I wake up , warm a cup of milk – add Complan and give it to her.
She touches her mouth ,sips some & turns away... . No I don't want …
Now I am angry – Drink it ! ,
She sips some ,slips some .Half in , Half out. Half the dress is wet . I am boiling with anger now, & even wish to hit her .
But I breath deeply, cool myself & keep telling myself – oh it is just my little ,cute devil.
I change her dress & again put her on bed by 12:00. And pat her to sleep.
Sleepy cutie, wraps her hands around my neck, & says – papa suki desu ne. (Papa I like you). And I learn my first lesson :
Be patient ,Control your anger & you will be happy with your loved ones at the end of the day.
But a natural doubt will be in your mind. What keeps this 3 year old awake.
It is her two friends – Tom & Jerry, some-times Mickey mouse too.
She watches them intently , with 100% focus, as if she is a statute.
Only sound you will listen : Ha ,Ha , Ha ….
I call her , Aarushi , come for dinner.
She says : I want here , with Tom & Jerry.
Mumma wants to see some TV serial , Aarushi replies with big No!
Please Aarushi , NO.. ,
Please Aarushi ,Again reply is No ,
Please – and you try to switch over ,And a big cry...
So now a days – I too watch Tom-n-Jerry. Believe me I actually enjoy it.
And we both keep laughing. And I learned my second lesson:
Change your hobby as your loved ones & you will have happy moments at the end of the day.
But you know as a adult , we make people around us unhappy. I also loose my temper.
And I know there is no point in arguing with 3 year old ,she is too smart.
So I turn to my wife.
Why can't you make her sleep by 10:30 at-least ?
And gender equality strikes back – But you can do it too !
I try to push my case – But you are Mother !.
What ! She bounces back – did I complained through out the 9 months..
Oh (sigh!) - Ultimate argument , which no man can ever win.
And I learned my third lesson:
If you want a happy life ,respect a motherhood and never argue. That’s lesson for Father.
Toastmasters – Once a girl was asked ,how old is your father. And she replied 5 year old.
Wrong ! No !! right. Person becomes a father – only when a child is born.
One has experience in a job ,only when one starts doing the job.
Toastmasters – that was bonus lesson , Thank you !