Ahymsin Newsletter: Yoga is Samadhi
  AHYMSIN Newsletter, Issue - December 2013  

The Hazel Diaries IV

by Roxanne Currie

The first sound, other than different crying styles, she made was a frustrated groan that sounds just like Marge Simpson, and Laura.  The first word Hazy ever said around me was the effenheimer, yep, the granddaddy of them all. The f-bomb. We ignored unanimously, no one willing to admit it may have been heard from them, all of us potentially guilty.

Laura heard Hazel say the words “abu Graib,” but couldn’t get her to repeat it. The first time we were able to have her repeat words, we were riding in the car, Laura and I in the front seat; it was my birthday, and Hazel in the back. Laura was telling me a story and Hazy was babbling in the back seat when I heard her say “no waaaaaaay.” I said “did you hear that?” Laura said “no, it’s a coincidence” and to prove it she said “Hazel did you poop your pants?” and Hazel said with absolute clarity “No,” then drawing out the waaaay as though she were rolling it through her mouth, tasting the words, taking her time, sounding just like her mother; “No waaaay.”

Under her breath Laura said “God Damn it.” I like to think, not only because she knew irreverence would make me laugh, but also because she knew that from now on she was going to be quoted out of context for the rest of her life.

Hazel was 86ed from Daycare at the Gym for biting another kid when she was about 3. “She doesn’t look dangerous.” A friend offered, kindly. Howard was getting ready to leave and Hazel hung onto his leg tightly when he yelped. “I know she adores me, but she just bit me really hard on the leg!”  Howard said.

When we were in the car Hazel explained that when someone is crying sometimes it’s best to leave them alone, because when someone is nice to you when you’re crying sometimes it just makes you cry harder.  I said “Yes, I know how that feels; when I feel that way I usually tell people ‘now just don’t be nice to me or I’ll cry.’”

She said “People can cry when they’re very happy, too, like if they’re seeing a concert or a play.”  She pantomimed watching and smiling and crying.

She’s whipped around by her emotions.  The human condition.

I told her there is a technique for calming down that’s “usually only taught to much older people, but I thought since you are advanced for your age I’ll show you.” I showed her the hand placement for nadi shodhanam. We watched Harry and the Hendersons. The movie where Bigfoot is a vegan and he buries the stuffed animal “trophies” the people have in their house in their back yard. We also watched Jumanji.

Hazel was sitting behind me on the couch and said sweetly “Grandma, what’s your phone number?” I thought, oh how sweet, she wants to be able to call me when we’re apart. I turned around and she was hacking the password into my iPhone. Oh my karma.

Editor's note:

This is the fourth “The Hazel Diaries” to appear in the AHYMSIN newsletter. 

To read the first article, please use this link: http://www.ahymsin.org/docs2/News/1309Sep/06.html

To read the second article, please use this link: http://www.ahymsin.org/docs2/News/1310Oct/06.html

To read the third article, please use this link: http://www.ahymsin.org/docs2/News/1311Nov/04.html

Roxanne Currie is a writer, grandmother, Raja yogi. She maintained her yoga practice since she was introduced to Swami Rama and his teachings in 1968. She received mantra initiation from Swami Veda Bharati, formerly Dr. Usharbudh Arya, to the Himalayan Tradition in 1972, and became certified to teach in 2008.  She teaches yoga in the Minneapolis, Minnesota, area.

We invite you to visit her website: www.goodmedicineyoga.com

Roxanne has a Good Medicine Yoga DVD entitled “Stretch Breathe Relax.”  Please see http://www.goodmedicineyoga.com/htmlsite/products.html It is also available at the online bookstore of The Meditation Center, which ships nationally and internationally, and is under the title “Good Medicine Yoga DVD.”