Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Forward Planning

Last night saw me at my wits end with Divya's antics for extending bedtime.

GO TO SLEEP. I said.
Don't scold me, she said. If you scold me, I will go to Ashwin. If he scolds me, then I will go to appa. If he scolds me I will go to another house. If they scold me, then another house. If they scold me, I will go to daycare.

What can I say? If not a sleeper, at least she is a planner!

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

My sweet boy!

Ashwin and I were chatting before bed time the other day and somehow came to the topic of Ashwin's children.
"When I have children and they have their children, will you be dead?", he asked.

Yes, I replied matter-of-factly. After all, it is about many many years later. We spoke some more about some other things.

He went quiet for a while and started tearing up silently.

By then, I had almost forgotten this part of the convesation. What happened? I asked.

I'm sad that when my children have children, you will be dead.

BIG BEAR HUG to my sweet boy!

Cheeky Through and Through

I was trying to put Divya to sleep (why do all my stories have to do with bedtime??!) and she was trying to prevent me with her usual cheekiness. She would ask for water. A different baby (toy). Tell me something about what happened in daycare. And when I say, DIVYA. GO TO SLEEP! She will give me a cheeky grin that you have to admire the little spunk and can't scold her anymore.

A good 20 minutes passed. She was close to drifting off now. That stage that I love that eyelids close and snap open again. The pull to close gets stronger and eyes have a dazed expression. Face softens. Limbs relax. At this stage, she caught me looking at her and GAVE ME HER CHEEKY SMILE! Right before the last wink was out.

Yup, cheeky until the last wink is out. That's my girl.

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Of spatial objects and hair accessories

Last night, as I was putting the kids to sleep, Ashwin was complaining that he was scared of a shadow and couldn't sleep. I told him that it was just a shadow of his school bag, so go to sleep already! "But how come it's so big?" he insisted. Using as little time and as few words as possible, I explained that shadows can be bigger or smaller than school bags. He found it hilarious that I said school bag. "You mean, anything, right? Everything in the world can make shadows.. Of course, not the world itself".

I tried to explain that the world could also make shadows and when it's shadow falls on the moon, it is called a lunar eclipse. To cut short the conversation and expedite sleep, I said we can look up eclipse in the books over the weekend.

Divya, who I thought was fast asleep by the, piped up excitedly, "HAIRCLIPS???!"

If only the positioning of the solar objects would make hair clips, I would have one happy girl!

Crazy hair day at school