If you have a dud for a mom…

….. this is what will happen..

In a weak moment, I yelled at Vyas for something and let loose the word ‘R A S C A L’… and have regretted ever since.. Not because Vyas took offense.. To him it is as good or bad as calling him a donkey or monkey.. He’d not mind simply because he knows the age-old formula of countering with- yes, a monkey’s child can only be a monkey etc.. Only that he’d mostly be muttering under his breath and not saying it aloud.. The word ‘rascal’ itself doesn’t mean much in many Tamil households because of the several lighter and common contexts in which it is used and our household is no exception… (yeah, we preserve some ‘culture’:)) For instance- *thiruttu rascal, badava rascal/rascoal etc are even used ‘fondly’ and it is never to be taken at its face value.. Not to justify what I did.. still..

I never noticed the little brat taking in the scene.. He just caught onto the word as if it were the first lesson he had in speaking! A while later, when I didn’t budge for some demand of his (which is increasing by the day!), he said ‘rascal’ and that too with an angry face.. I knew I’d lost it.. Diversion was not working this time.. And then a whacky idea struck and I challenged him with ‘RASAGULLA’ in response! He was floored:) Vyas tried hard to contain his giggles but couldn’t hold it for long.. Now when he is in mood for tantrums- he shows a finger (thankfully the fore-finger) and swears by RASAGULLA. So the amma has formally inducted her little son into the world of profanity with swear words which are now limited to RASAGULLA and GULAB JAMUN.. The list is bound to grow..

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*Variations of ‘rascal’ but used fondly

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13 thoughts on “If you have a dud for a mom…

  1. and ras malai..and sondesh…and kopra pak…and then jalebi..and oh I am so wanting to give gaalis right now πŸ™‚

    BTW..you used Rascal on Vyas…bad..very very bad… *sticks tongue out*

  2. mm… we boys always found alternative meanings for even sane words… you have jumped out of the frying pan lady.. you should have left it at Rascal. What you have done is shown him the way..
    Soon he is going to be saying to his brother that amma is being a total sofa set and you are going to be left wondering..

    • @ All: Don’t know if it is right or wrong, but he is saying Rasagulla too often..

      @LR: Maybe… But the damage is done:) Will face the music.. For now, it is only sweet..

      @CB: If it all helps, the best lesson would be to NEVER give-in to a weak moment:)

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