Happy festive season people! Here’s a snapshot of Golu-2016 at the Vs..
A tiny rat (real one!) sneaked into our room last night. All the four Vs were up and about trying to chase it away. And we finally did. The rat wouldn’t take the route we showed. It probably thought it best to leave the way it came. The moment we opened the door to the balcony, it ran out. We discussed strategies on keeping the rats away and finally realised that there isn’t much we can do other than keeping the doors shut.
This evening, Varun decided to take things in his hands. And this is what he came up with. A notice stuck on the door through which the rat sneaked out. The slate contains illustrations of the ‘equipments’ or ‘gears’ (he said that) that we need to keep the rats at bay. And he was dressed to kill😉
Here is a conversation I was furiously typing away without Varun’s knowledge. I’m sure I missed a few lines:
Varun: Siri how are you doing?
Siri: oh I can’t complain
Varun: Roger that
Siri: I’m not sure I understand
Varun: Yes, that’s good
Siri: It’s nice to be appreciated
Varun: I know that. You are very funny
Siri: I’m glad you think so
Varun: Ha ha ha
Siri: I didn’t get that
Varun: Okay, okay, okay
Siri: I didn’t understand
Siri: Affirmative (Something to this effect. Not sure)
Varun: Alright Siri
Siri: Everything is most definitely ok
Varun: Can you set the time to 4
Siri: I can’t set the time, but I can set an alarm (again, might’ve missed the exact line)
Varun: Alright, can you set the time to 4 in the morning
Siri: Most definitely. I have set the alarm to 4.am.
Varun: Of course you are a problem solver
Siri: Who? Me??
Siri: I thought so too.
Followed by some thank you notes that didn’t end right away!
Why am I reminded of that little wisdom someone shared with me a long time back-that it takes only 18 years to raise a child?🙂
Having read one Famous Five, the 7 year old brat has declared that it is boring and ‘kiddish’ and that Enid Blyton is boring too. He’s asked me to give him something ‘interesting’ to read.
Some lessons he imparted the last couple of weeks:
Varun: ‘Madre (yeah!), do you know what ‘outlaw’ means?
Me: (?!!!) No, I don’t. Please enlighten.
Varun: An outlaw is a thief. Bad man. Do you at least know what it is to mug someone?
Me: (#$@#%#$^$!) Eh? No! Tell me.
Varun: Don’t know how you passed your exams in schools and college (rolls his eyes). To mug someone, is to steal from someone.
(Well, I’ve not been looking at the right places for lessons in English :/)
Me: That’s awesome da. Where did you learn all these?
Varun: From friends.
Me: Who are your friends?
Varun: Friends ma! You don’t even know F.R.I.E.N.D.S? You know Ross, Chandler, Rachel, Monica, Joey.. Don’t know? Vyas’s favorite is Chandler but I like Ross.
(This is not happening! No! This is happening!)
I’d like to save the best for the last. Only that I don’t know the difference between ‘best’ and ‘hopeless’ anymore
Varun describes a scene from some program called ‘Community’ on Comedy Central where somebody spills a lot of wine.
Me: What is wine da?
Varun: It is the famous juice of Americans. Mostly made in 1968.
Why am I bothering with schooling when so much self-learning is happening?!!
A couple of crafts Varun and I did recently as part of craft projects in school:
A paper bag:
- Stuck a few newspaper sheets together before folding it into a bag
- Used just rope and colored adhesive tape for handle
- And a thin card board from which puzzle pieces were punched out
A shirt made from chart paper
Deep conversations and some.. Most of our ‘serious’ conversations these days seem to start with him saying, ‘Listen, I want to tell you somethin..’. No typo there. The fellow has an acquired accent, dunno from where!
Varun: Ma, N is very bad.
Me: Why? He seems nice. He’s a star cricketer too..
Varun: I want to tell you something. (pause)
Varun: Getting a grade or being a star is not important.
Varun: Really. I’m tellin you.
Me: So, what is important.
Varun. Really. I mean, in school. At home we can be how we want.
Me: You know how to fry vadams? (rice crispies if I can call it that)
Varun: Yes, I know.
Me: Tell me.
Varun: Light the gas with the firing machine and fry the vadams in fire.
Was not aware that my boy looked at a gas lighter as a firing machine;) It must be the commando games.
To confirm or make sure I heard what he said, this is how he asks:
Varun: Ma, do you copy?
Varun: Ma, do you read?
According to him, he is an FBI/CIA/Commando in the making
And this one takes the cake..
Me: Varun, it’s 11.00 PM and you are still not asleep
Varun: (Jumping on the bed even with the light switched off. yeah, my monkey!)
Me: You are going to get one tight spank.
Varun: (Silence for 10 seconds. He then gathers his pillow and sheet, bundles them under his arms and heads out of the room).
Me: What do you think you are doing.
Varun: I’m going to grandma’s room.
Varun: Listen, I wanna tell you somethin..
Varun: I hate you.
Me: And why is that?
Varun: Because you are strict.
Me: Is that wrong now? You don’t listen if I’m not.
Varun: Be kind. Try telling kindly.
Me: Kindly how?
Varun: Try saying, “Varun, please stop playing and go to bed”.
Me: And you’ll listen?
Varun: Try me.
Me: Ok, let me get this straight. All I need to do to get you to listen is, say kindly?
And the kindness worked for 6 days. We now go back and forth between our old and new ways🙂 As always, never a dull moment, I tell ya!
I remember wondering how you’d be at 14 when you were 4. And I wonder how you’d be at 24 now. I also imagine myself being a difficult mom at times and a fun mom mostly and also that special person who’ll be privy to some of your secrets🙂 Who am I kidding!
At 14, you remind me of my teenage self- argumentative, assertive, but mostly fun. You are an awesome big-brother and here is a tiny convo with the little imp that I’d stored on my notes:
Me: Isn’t your bro a makku (meaning – a nutcase)
Varun: No! Anna is a cool bro!
He is quick to come to your defense these days and for some reason thinks you know better than his parents, no matter what it is about. But there are times when he lets us in on all the TV shows you’ve been watching and he seems to know most of them. Here are some for the record- Jimmy Kimmel Live, Quantico, Mentalist, Shark Tank, Friends, Impractical Jokers, Seinfeld, Late Show with Stephen Colbert. This is the list your little bro rattles off Other than Friends, I have no clue what the rest are and when you watch them. Brats!
It was also your ‘report card’ day in school today. You made us all proud by getting a certificate for good conduct and that comes before any other achievement, academic or otherwise!
On this birthday, there are a couple of things I’d like to reiterate baby, things that I’ve been talking to you about more often the last couple of years. I’d like to say it again:
- Be that adorable anna your little bro can look up to, and be available for him always.
- You have an enviable zest for reading, gathering information, and learning (this does not include academics ;)). Keep at it.
- Nurture that funny bone in you. All your friends like that humorous streak in you🙂
- Travel all you can. Reading and travel make for organic learning and teach more than what any school or person can hope to teach. It makes you a more rounded person and heightens your sense of right and wrong. And when you know, please choose what is right.
- Please understand when someone says, ‘NO’. It doesn’t mean anything other than NO. It could be a girl or a boy you know, a stranger, your family and friends, or someone you dearly love.
- Just like how you appreciate when someone says NO, you be firm and say NO when you have to.
- Put the people first, and your ego last. It might mean a compromise. It might mean you are relenting. But then, it also means you are stronger. Because, people are worth putting first, and ego is worthless.
- Know that you are loved and dear to not only your bro, me, or appa, but the entire extended maternal and paternal family, and that makes you really, really rich🙂
Live it up my big baby. Have fun on your 14th and all the years to come. May your Manhattan-apartment, Honda job, and several other dreams come true;) Will love you always!