Today was Columbus Day in US. I believe it is the day to honor Sir Columbus who discovered America. The schools had an off today, but I guess the offices didn’t have a holiday (Saw the usual rush of professionals at the bus-stops).
The kids had brought back poems on Columbus from school last week. Lui was reading the poem, when the BF asked the kids, “Who is Columbus”?
Lui immediately started off with the tale she must have heard at school, about ships and voyagers and high sees and she seemed to go on and on but we were not close to understanding who was Columbus 😐 (brevity is so NOT her style !)
So the BF turned to Shobby and asked him the question. Shobby gave his typical reply –
“Arre Abbu, Woh Columbus Pune jaane waala tha, Chicago pahunch gaya“. (Oh Dad, Columbus was heading towards Pune but reached Chicago).
Succinct, I say!
We were rolling over the floor laughing for a good five minutes after this 😀
Needless to say, Shobby has a better understanding of the heart of the matter 😀
Anyhow, since Columbus Day doesn’t really ring my bell (Am more used to Gandhi Jayantis), I woke the kids up early this morning. Pestered them for brushing, toilet, bath, etc. Got them ready and off we went. Only after reaching the school did I realize that something was missing – the rest of the students ! And the faculty! And the school buses!
(The above line was from the kids. Ever heard a collective groan from two disgruntled kids? It sounds terrible!)
The twins admonished me all the way back home.
“Momma!! You ruined our holiday” (this one’s from Lui. Believe me, she used those exact same words!
“Momma, you should have seen the calendar”, said practical Shobbs.
“Yeah, yeah! Why couldn’t you two have reminded me?”, I shot back at them.
So we reached home and I tried to divert the twin’s irritation with some cartoons (bad parenting example. Guilty *gulp* ).
Now, Lui has this bad habit of fingering her ear-lobe, to the extent that the piercing developed some bruising, After nearly a month of keeping her away from ear-rings, I had put in a stud just that morning, to check if the piercing still existed. Luckily, it did, so I asked Lui to wear the earrings till evening.
Now Lui being Lui and fidgety to boot, started fingering her ear again.
“Mumma, can I remove my earrings now”, she asked.
“No. Not now. Later”.
“But Mumma, I want to remove it”.
“Leave it sweetie. We don’t want that piercing to close, do we?”
“But Mumma, it is MY body. I should decide if I want to wear the earring or not. You cannot decide for me. Right Mom?”
*POW! WHOOOSH!! THUD!! *
(That was the invisible sucker punch to my gut and the subsequent fall of my pride).
I couldn’t speak for a while. There were myriad images running in my mind, of Lui as an adult, with multiple piercings and tattoos all over her body, telling me that it is her right to do what she wants with her body.
Shook my head a bit to clear that image. There were bigger issues at hand here.
“Sweetheart, its your body, I agree, but right now, your ear piercing is close to getting closed forever. If it does, it’ll hurt when you pierce it again and if you don’t, you won’t get to wear all my earrings that you adore so much”!
There, that did the trick. Lui agreed to keep the earrings on till evening.
A girl’s vanity always comes to the rescue , doesn’t it ?! 😀