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A chilled out Ona

Perplexed as to what Ona is? You’ll be in for one helluva surprise if you read further.

It was ages since I last met up with my aunt, cousin and her daughter. So I was trying to keep my adorable niece engaged while my aunt was cooking yummy aapams and chutney.

My cousin is pregnant and was filling me in on how she was getting my niece to accept a new member in the family. I was quite happy to learn that my niece was very welcome to the idea of a new brother/sister.

This is the conversation I had with my niece. It was quite special and a memorable one. And possibly one of the main reasons as to why I’d rather spend time with kids than pretentious adults. Their mind is so full of imagination and honesty, it is so refreshing.

Me: So sweetie, tell me have you chosen a name for the baby yet?
Niece: (She squints at me and gives me one of her nose wrinkling smiles and a toothy grin and says) – Ona!!!
Me: Ona???
“In my native language Tamil, Ona means a chameleon. And I was thinking, yes this kid is no doubt from NZ where geckos are famous, but to pick a name of this sort had me bursting into laughter. Pure genius!”
Niece: “Yes”! She reaffirms innocently but with surety like a decision finally made.
Me: I asked her- “Is that your friend’s name? Why did you choose this name?”
Niece: Ona is my friend.
Me: Is it a boy’s or girl’s name? Does Ona study at your childcare centre?
Niece: Ona is a friend! No, not in my school.
My aunt commented, on following the thread of the conversation, that she had asked the same question earlier and my niece had mentioned Ona!!! So she has pretty much named the baby Ona on her own.
Me: So when is the baby coming home?
Niece: Ona is coming home soon….

I was so pleasantly surprised by the fact that a 3 year old child could develop this level of affection to an unborn child and has thought enough about the child to even give the baby a name. On talking to her further I found that Ona was her best friend albeit unborn. I am going to have fun watching my adorable niece take on the role of a sister. I am so proud of you my ballerina!!!

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