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Oh Brother!

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“Mummy wouldn’t allow nail-polish, so we managed with a sketch pen!”

Does anyone remember the above picture?? A long time ago, I’d written a post on how the twins coloured each other’s nails using a sketch pen. I think the two were around 2 or maybe less than 2 years then. I did throw a fit then but the two were least bothered. As you can see, they were pretty much engrossed in the activity.

Its been nearly three years since then but Shobby’s penchant for decking up his sister hasn’t diminished 🙂 . He likes the colors of nail-polishes but never attempts to apply them on his own hands. Rather, he prefers applying it for Lui. Similarly, he likes the collection of various clips and bangles that Lui has, but never attempts to wear them himself. He just likes to dress up Lui, playing with her hair and suggesting color combinations for the bangles 🙄 .

Just recently, I found him busy doing this –

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“Coloring my sister’s toe-nails”

Initially, I was aghast. Not at him applying the nail-polish, but because I don’t allow nail-polishes during school days and also, because I don’t have a remover (I never apply it so I don’t keep a remover 😦 ) . My first concern was how to get rid of the polish from Lui’s nails before the next morning (luckily, the front-door-neighbor had the remover 😛 ). The BIL , who had just returned from office, was appalled to see Shobby sincerely at his task, which according to him was a un-manly thing to do! He begged Shobby to stop it immediately, but I told Shobby to finish what he had started. Obviously, I’m rather comfortable with my son’s interests. I don’t want to demarcate what he can and cannot do in life. I’d rather assign myself to teaching him what he should and shouldn’t do 😀

Anyway, Shobby continued with his work and Lui was so pleased that she claimed him to be the BEST BROTHER EVER! 🙂

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Posing with the finished work

If you look closely, Shobby did a pretty neat job, I must say 🙂 There is much lesser smudging than expected. The reason I didn’t get a snap of Shobby after he was done is because he ran to the the BIL, obviously to placate his Chachu, being the politically correct person that he is 😀 😛 .

A few days later, I found the two doing this –

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Applying Mehendi on the legs

Shobby got hold of a mehendi cone and deviating from tradition, decided to apply mehendi on Lui’s legs. Not palms or feet. He started drawing stuff on her legs !! As usual, Lui is a willing participant to all this pampering. I think she likes to be doted upon, the way Shobby does. Something tells me that the girl almost expects it out of him 😐

So sincere is little Shobby that he doesn’t give up even when Lui is bored to death and goes off for a nap! Tenacious….thats what the little boy is 😀

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“Wont give up!”

Its rather nice to see how much little Shobby is ready to do for his sister. The only downside is that Lui takes undue advantage of his devotion 😦 . She commands Shobby to run errands for her. She makes him do her homework when she’s not in the mood. She asks him to fetch her stuff that she needs . She even makes him get water for her 🙄  . If any adult is around, we stop Shobby and ask Lui to do her own work. This ticks off Lui to no end and makes Shobby unhappy because his sister is upset !

It doesn’t mean that Shobby is an angel. That halo over his head can wait. He’s also the primary reason why Lui loses her cool most of the time. Shobby loves to instigate Lui whenever he can. He makes fun of her, specially when she is already riled, just to see how far she goes with that temper. He also whacks her pretty hard when he feels like it 😐

So yes, they both balance out their equations pretty well 🙂 . But all said and done, Lui couldn’t have had a better brother than Shobby…I just hope that when they grow up, they realize and never forget what they mean to each other.

Ameen 🙂

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