And this is why I believe that certain meetings, connections are fated. There was really no reason for me to meet Mary Morgan. And yet, it was preordained that I meet her at a time when am becoming a bit disillusioned with the idea of investing in hope, resilience, love, friendship. I did not know it then but I needed a living proof of all the things that I feel too exhausted to give myself to at times. And there she was. Eyes blazing with sunlit, sky blue joy, in clothes that fell superbly around her yoga sculpted frame and instantly trusting and warm.
Mary is the wife of the legendary Dr Benjamin Spock, the author of Dr Spock’s Baby and Childcare. Yes, the same book that was written in 1946 and since then has sold more than 50 million copies and according to some estimates is the second biggest seller after The Bible. Yes, the same book that was passed on to me by another parent when I had my son over 15 years ago. And has guided generations of parents through the toughest, most challenging years of child rearing with its simplicity, common sense and empathetic advice.
She hugged guests, they hugged her back.A guest planted a kiss on her curls and she smiled, “This is possible only in India!” But she is the same woman who was a steel-willed political activist and got arrested many times and has strong ideas about empowerment, women’s rights and human issues. And I glimpse that side of her, when she is asked to pose against a commercial banner and she refuses, politely but firmly.
What is the one abiding memory you have of him?
What is wrong with so many of us that we can no longer believe in love, are cynical, can’t sustain relationships and keep chasing the wrong things?
What is your message to parents, to individuals seeking meaning and fulfillment?
I think Dr Spock would be very proud of this edition of Baby and Childcare in India. He always wanted to help parents through out the world. We hope that this book will serve parents in India with love and kindness.