Poitu Varain

Wednesday, June 10, 2009 at 2:00 am 20 comments

AirplaneRoughly pronounced poy-i-two va-rain, this Tamil phrase means: I’m going now but I’ll see you again.  Pathi and Thatha (grandma and grandpa) have returned to India. 

I miss hearing their favorite programs on the TV.  Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy are enjoyed by all of us, but somehow we just don’t watch when they aren’t here.    They attended all our school programs: science fairs, concerts, award ceremonies, and graduations.    We had lots of fun together.

We helped them “CHILL OUT” in New York – literally.  Seriously, it was cold people! (Dec. 2008)

Patti and Thatha in NY

We took them to Washington DC  but President Bush and Presidant elect Obama were nowhere to be seen – that’s why Thattha looks so cross.  Next time we expect a full welcoming committee! (Jan 2009)

Patti and Thatha in DC

Finally, we took them home to Florida and thawed them out.  Thatha enjoys the water jet in the pool…

Thatha in the pool

while Patti enjoys some time in the spa.

Patti enjoying the spa

We went to parties together.  That’s my Mom in the blue sweater.


And sometimes we just stayed at home – and had bananas.

Patti and Thattha at home

 We miss you and look forward to seeing you again.  This time we’ll come to India.

(image of airplane from here)


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20 Comments Add your own

  • 1. She talks like June  |  Wednesday, June 10, 2009 at 6:14 am

    I loved the pic of your in laws looking so cold and ‘we are from a tropical country’ in washington!

    • 2. Era  |  Wednesday, June 10, 2009 at 7:16 pm

      We definitely aren’t cold weather folks!

  • 3. Meluhhan  |  Wednesday, June 10, 2009 at 7:26 am

    Wow. I’m always so happy when I see people from different cultures come together into the same family. And Era, given how I come from the same part of the country as your in-laws, we could very easily be related through your marriage. How cool would that be!?:)

    • 4. Era  |  Wednesday, June 10, 2009 at 7:17 pm

      Very cool indeed!

  • 5. cindy  |  Wednesday, June 10, 2009 at 8:01 am

    LOL! I love the pic of everyone freezing in ny!

    • 6. Era  |  Wednesday, June 10, 2009 at 7:26 pm

      Lol! We must look awful to a native New Yorker!

  • 7. Sudharsana Srinivasan  |  Wednesday, June 10, 2009 at 8:35 am

    Thanks so much for sharing these wonderful pictures. Its nice to see them ….all the more so since they could not make it to viist us this time ! ;-(

    • 8. Era  |  Wednesday, June 10, 2009 at 7:28 pm

      Glad you enjoyed them.

  • 9. Doraz  |  Wednesday, June 10, 2009 at 11:29 am

    I believe spending time with the family is the BEST thing you can do in life~~ I love all the photos you shared. They appeared to be having a great time~ You did a great thing for them and your kids. . Think of all the memories~

    • 10. Era  |  Wednesday, June 10, 2009 at 7:30 pm

      We do have some priceless memories with each other. I hope the children will cherish them.

  • 11. Nelia  |  Wednesday, June 10, 2009 at 11:58 am

    Patti looks like she knows how to take a vacation. Love the spa shot!

    And what a beautiful family! Your must consider it a privilege to be a part of such a fantastic clan.

    • 12. Era  |  Wednesday, June 10, 2009 at 7:31 pm

      Definitely a fun bunch! Thanks.

  • 13. Mom Gone Mad  |  Wednesday, June 10, 2009 at 5:45 pm

    Oh Man! Thatha and Patti in the pool was jsut too precious!LOL

    No wait, the New York Ninjas win:-)

    • 14. Era  |  Wednesday, June 10, 2009 at 7:33 pm

      I know, we were a sight to behold!

  • 15. starlaschat  |  Wednesday, June 10, 2009 at 9:04 pm

    Nice Family pictures! Thanks for sharing them with us. I remember watching wheel of fortune with my grandparents. Wheel of Fortune and Lowrance Whelk.

    • 16. Era  |  Thursday, June 11, 2009 at 6:36 am

      I used to watch Lawrence Whelk with my parents! That brings back fond memories.

  • 17. maidinmalaysia  |  Thursday, June 11, 2009 at 1:54 am

    thanks for sharing these pix. absolutely loved patti.

    • 18. Era  |  Thursday, June 11, 2009 at 6:44 am

      We had some really great time together.

  • 19. dbals  |  Monday, June 22, 2009 at 3:46 pm

    Got to your blog from your comments in Marriageconfessions. What drew me was your last name. I’m from Chennai, TamilNadu. Thatha, patti pictures are awesome.
    I’m just curious.
    Where’s your hubby from? Do the kids speak Tamil?

    • 20. Era  |  Monday, June 22, 2009 at 4:06 pm

      Hi Dbals, thanks for stopping by. Hubby is from Hyderabad via Tamil Nadu/Tanjavur. The kids speak less Tamil than I do. I speak little. There are several languages that I will not go hungry in, but can’t hold a serious philosophical discussion in 🙂


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