Step 1: Take amma's talcum powder from the dresser.
Step 2: Appun (open!)
Step 3: Apply liberally to hair, face, body and most importantly, floor.
Step 4: After a few more embellishments, declare "Athin Offit!"
As part of my ritual of saying goodbye to Ashwin before going to work in the morning, I tell him I'm hungry and I want to eat him. (After getting my ration of two kisses from him, that is!) Most of the days, he tells me mammam aana - No, you may not. Some days when he is feeling genourous, he will offer me something. He will let me eat his cheek or thoppah or this leg or that leg - and I go yumyumyumyum as I relish them.
This morning, when I asked for mammam, this was his reply:
Amma offit. Car thasside. (pointing towards the road for good measure).
Thanks for the reminder my son. Some days, I really need it.