The Scattering of Rice


I’m on all fours wiping the ricey mess beneath the highchair when my mother and me look at each other and ask, “Where’s baby A?”


I look around, she’s not there. I look in the family room, she’s not there either. Not in the kitchen. My mind clicks and I rush to the stairs. She is almost at the second floor, at the top of 20+ little nonstop steps, she is a light pink blur.

She hasn’t reached safety aka the second floor yet, but is rather in the perilous wobbly stage where if she gets distracted as babies are wont to do, she could easily fall.

I have two options, I can either run up to get her, in which she may think is a game, turn to smile in which a turning may induce falling. Secondly, I can walk up quietly and slowly to get her in which God forbid she does fall, I may be too late.

I choose the second option, and by then she is crawling away happily on the second floor as if nothing had ever happened, as if climbing stairs unattended is the normal thing to do. I do my best to usually spot her when she does climb stairs, but babies are babies and when you’re not looking for a minute, they can get up to mischief.

How quick it is to scatter rice, to clean it, and then look up and wonder where your baby is. And to be grateful that they are ok.


“Therefore remember Me, I will remember you, And be thankful to Me, and do not be ungrateful to Me.” (Quran 2:152).



About Doodling Through Life

I doodle. All the time. Doodling helps me make sense of the world around me. When I doodle, whether it be swirls or figurines, I am transformed to a world in which my doodles live, and my thoughts become clear. My mind breathes. Through my art medium of pencils, paint, potting soil, and pixels, I thrive. I am a teacher and have taught 2nd grade in Fulton County Schools in Atlanta, Georgia for 4 years. I am currently a Stay-At-Home-Mommy to a ___ daughter (she was born in June 2010—you can do the math !) and a ___ preschooler (she was born November 2012), an an infant (August 2017) who is exploring my creative outlet via the aforementioned 4 P’s! So far, I’m an author whose book Lailah’s Lunchbox was published in 2015 via Tilbury House Publishing. I have 2 new picture books projected for 2019: Amira's Picture Day (Holiday House, 2019) and Let Me Show You The Way (Eerdmans, 2019)! I’m an Atlanta based children-family-lifestyle photographer on weekends. Thank you for stopping by!

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