When Amir turned 5 weeks old, he, Ben, Grandma Shushi and I took him to the Hindu temple for the first time.
As my mom recommended, we asked the pandit at the temple to perform a quick puja with Amir in which we ask the deities to bless the little man with a healthy, happy life. And it was as if Amir knew we were somewhere quiet and sacred because he was on his best behavior. He even made the very serious-looking pandit smile!
After the blessing, Amir was given a flower and apple to take home with him — an offering from the temple.