Monday, November 22, 2010
A little love note
Most people who don't have children, have a fairly stable routine and days of work (unless of course you happen to be the official photographer for Kingfisher Calendar or a flight attendant or Rakhee Sawant, in which case I doubt you would be reading this blog :-)). But people who have children--oh, they will agree with me, when I say that each day there is a new drama which unfolds. You really don't need reality TV (move over Pamela Anderson) when you have kids. There is enough entertainment provided on a daily basis, except that sometimes you are an active participant (at times unwittingly the clown) in this reality show and you don't even realise it till you put your feet up at the end of the day.
But a lot of times it also seems like we are transported back to our childhood, through our children. The kids these days might be natives to Internet, might have had far more exposure than we did at their ages and might be tech-savvy little geniuses but the fact is children always are children, be it in today's world or be it a hundred years back. The toys they play with might have changed but the qualities inherent in children (a curious nature, a playful attitude, and most importantly being unafraid to try out new things, unafraid to fail and the ability to quickly forgive and not carry grudges) are still the same. ( We adults would do well to emulate some of these qualities).
Each day when my two kids come back from school, I am there to greet them. This is one of the best times of the day for me. After they have been served (today it was aloo tikkis which they gobbled in a jiffy showering me with ample 'mmmmm mummy you are the best cook in the world') and cajoled to change out of their school uniforms, they cuddle upto me and tell me about their day. I love listening. Each day there is something new.
Today my son (who will soon be 13) said " Mum, today a boy in the bus gave a note to a girl."
"Ooh" I said, "Did you see what was in the note?"
"I could just see it from outside. He had written 'from' and 'to'. That was all what was there on the outside."
"Oh, " I said, a bit disappointed to not know what was in the note.
But the story wasn't over.
"Mum, the girl took it from him and said awwwwwwww," continued my son.
"And? " I prompted him, now fully engrossed.
"Ma, when she opened it, it was a dead bee inside. She screamed her head off and then she threw it out of the window."
I really collapsed on the floor with laughter as my son and daughter too joined in.
Like I was saying, kids will be kids.
Or maybe boys will be boys :-)