Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Who said life is simple??



I think its time I convinced myself that I’m not needed everywhere and that what I have been doing has been ok…and that life gets by …no matter how hard I try…it’ll still remain the same.

If I have to look at life’s gifts to me…I’d consider my sons the best ones amongst them. They just make my life so simple….just a plain circus. Isn’t that simple enough…

Well consider this.

My older is a stickler for details and ….
His books are always so neat, I wonder if he even opens them to use it.

The younger :
I remember wrapping the books in brown regulation school sheets….clean, neat and light brown. 2 months down the academic year…I can’t see the brown…its just plain black and ..I insist he’s a dirty kid, but he insists he had nothing to do with it…

And they both go to the same school??!!!!

Older: Its been 3 years since I gave him pencils and erasers…each exam I ask him to take a new pencil and eraser, but his is still brand new. (He was a lil upset that his teacher had borrowed his eraser and taken off the plastic wrap around it…hmppfff so much for cleanliness..!!

Younger. I’ve raided Metro , the wholesale place…but I’m always running short of stationary…what does he do with them???? 3 erasers and all gone in one day?? Don’t even ask about his pencils…he’s sharpening them so often, I don’t think he even writes in them at times.

Storage better get better in days to come…
Older: His things are always in its own place. He’s a very outdoorsy kind of boy, but his stuff always gets back to the same place…and they are looked after too…sometimes to the point of my frustration…

Younger : He is an organizer too…his things just organize themselves into bad, sandy and broken. And trying to ape his elder brother , he borrows all my boxes from the kitchen…sometimes…even the expensive Tupperware ones…to keep his stuff. After a few days…I find all his things in one jumble in one huge bag…Where did all the boxes go?? Search me??!!!!


I’ve tried to maintain a little bit of tradition in my family. Love celebrating festivals and following customs. Its fun if one were to look at the brighter spot.

We lived our childhood celebrating Ganesh Chaturthi, Ramnavami, etc, community style…and they have taught me huge lessons in bonding and teamwork.

This Janmashtami, as is tradition, I made all the sweets( some I bought of course) and true to our custom, while offering naivedya ( offering to the Lord) I kept a small bit of buuter on the Lords’ idol. Bang on!! Came the first question…

Younger : Will Krishna eat it?

Older: So dumb!! As if he can..

Father : Of course, if you really pray hard for him to, maybe he will..with a wink .

Me: silence…

Next morning..the blob of butter as expected still remains in its original spot.

Younger…He didn’t eat?

Me : Maybe he was full with so many sweets..

Older: Hmpff…so dumb!!

Younger : ( after some thinking) How can he, Ma…he’s playing the flute, how can he eat and play at the same time …!!!

Time for me to change the idol I think…next time, I’ll look for one laidback Krishna maybe….eating butter ????

I am now convinced that whoever said that as they grow, their vocabulary increases, just don't pay attention. But I can show them its not how it is…it just gets down to simpler words, and then by the time they marry it gets to become monosyllables…and we still wonder why our husbands don’t answer with anything more than Haan!, yes! OK, maybe….?!!!!

But life is one big gift, like I said…and I’m sure a few years down the line when they are away from us…I’ll be grasping at these memories and all they would do is make me smile..


30 comments:

Rambler said...

hey your youngest one is just too cool :)

Kodi's Mom said...

such a sweet post! so the siblings are like night & day, huh! LOL @ the reducing vocab :)

rayshma said...

cho chweet!
ur elder one sounds like me when i was that age. strangely, i'm more like ur younger one now! :D

Suma said...

awww...he's adorable...what's with these older brothers? my son too goes"how dumb!! u r such a girl etc.." grr...but you know sometimes i feel bad for these older boys, having to seem big, act big...mebbe inside that 12 yrold mind, this question too raised its head? you never know...

and lol at the monosyllablic gyan..you've done your thesis well...:D

and yes, you can't be everywhere so you better be found here more often ;)

how was teh first celebration (janmashtami)in the new house?

Solitaire said...

How cute!! This was so well-written. I almost felt like I was there with you guys.

--xh-- said...

3 yrs and same pencil? my mom and dad had to keep supplying us fresh pencils every now and then...
the reasoning of young one was so cute - hw can krishna eat while he is playing? :)

Keshi said...

youngest one in the family is always super cool ;-)

Keshi.

brocasarea said...

i was like ur younger son:P....

Sumana said...

As always wonderful post. Here my older is like your younger one. It is just 3 months since the school started, forget the wrappers, the pages inside need to be stitched or stuck whatever drill to get it back in shape. Every monday morning i get 4-5 pencils out that lasts for just a week. You believe it or not. To compensate that the younger one tries his hand at the older's books when she is not around.

Prats said...

@rambler :) Thanks, he is...way too much sometimes..

@kodi's mom Welcome aboard!!
Total opposites and at each other's throats...

Prats said...

@rayshma Huh!!! how did that happen???

Prats said...

@suma...you're right...they are just babies in big shoes...but mine looks he want to be in them in a hurry....

Second celebration after the lakshmi pooja....but it was good. thanks

Prats said...

@solitaire :) thanks, an it'll be fun if you can

Prats said...

@xh...yes 3 in one day...and that has beaten my logic too... :(

And he needs to question every action....and that was so on the spot....I wonder how our grandparents would have reacted...

Prats said...

@keshi.....Is that experience speaking??!!!!

Prats said...

@broca..was??!!! Now you've sobered down?? Does that mean there is hope?

Prats said...

@sumana Lol!!! You sure are havign an even tougher time I can see....mine does get into the borther's things too.... :(

Keshi said...

yes hahaha! cos Im the youngest in my family!

Keshi.

Ziah said...

@monosyllables - lol, yes. :) Unless its about a new car/videogame/work/basically anything thats non domestic n gets them going!:)

Compassion Unlimitted said...

Very enjoyable post..Having gone through the phase of bringing up two boys,you beautifully put the clock back for me..

Incidentally, Did you three Bangalore girls decide( you,Suma & Ziah )during your recent Bangalore conclave ,not to visit my Blog !! lol

TC
CU

ceedy said...

hahahahahahahahahahaha

you made my weekend - i need to meet with your younger one and irritate the hell out of the older ;)


it is funny....i have been kicked out of the temple once too!!! for asking why cant God share his food with me - I am hungry right now :)

Neera said...

that was so refreshing :) A perfect picture to match the post :)loved the last line.

Preethi said...

how can he really.. they are both so adorable!!! Cheeky was very amused when I told him Krishna would eat the sweets.. thank goodness he did not comment on what Krishna would think of my culinary skills!! :)
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Ps said...

:) So sweet the younger one is--and the older is such a 'cool dude' :-)
Why didnt you eat the butter or remove it?
:)

Veens said...

ahhhh ha!!!! sucha cute post... i m sure...u will have a lot such memories to smile about ;)

ohh the older one is ahh so cool :)

and the younger is sucha cutie :))

Keshi said...

come and collect ur award Prats :)

Keshi.

Scribblers Inc said...

its ditto like me and my bro...:)

SCribblers Inc.

Nikhil Narayanan said...

Like so many, I can relate to it.

-Nikhil

PS: You too there for Ps' book launch? Thats gonna be Blore Blogger Meet :D

whatsinaname said...

ah! again.. same story here!
I learnt what it means when they say "Poles apart" :D
Life is NOT AT ALL simple, I say!

Ankur said...

hahaha... so so sweet!! :P

and u know wat, we indian man are just like that!! :D

when i was younger i was like your younger!! :P
and when i m elder now, i m like ur elder!! heheh

i wish u post their pics soon, wud luv to see them both... and the naughtiness of younger can be seen in his dialogues!! :D

give them my luv!! :)
Cheers!! !