Abbas usually takes Mantam for the weekly grocery shopping when I give him a list beforehand. But the trio comes back many additional items that I never mentioned, occasionally goofing up and rarely missing items requested.
After coming back from one such expedition, I was putting away the groceries in their rightful places. I spotted baby broccoli when I had mentioned Broccoli. I usually don’t buy the baby version as they are costlier than the usual one.
Me: Hey, why did you guys buy Baby Broccoli?
Mannu (rolling eyes): Mumma, did you want a family Broccoli??
Then I spotted two new items in the shopping bag and raised my eyebrows?
Me: What’s this? Who bought them?
Tammu: Mumma, they are hanitisers.
Me (already started laughing): Tammu, what’s a hanitiser darling?
Tammu: We bought it to keep in our school bags Mumma. You know they can be used to clean our hands.
Me: But what you are talking about are called Hand Sanitisers, not Hanitisers?!!!
Tammu: Bwahahahaha , that’s what I meant. You understood right?
Mantam go to gymnastics classes on Saturday mornings. One particular Saturday before everyone woke up I was watching a Kannada movie after a long time on my phone. The movie kept me glued and I was enjoying it. I had to keep it aside to fix breakfast for the kids and pack them off to the classes. Abbas went to drop them and I plonked myself on the sofa resuming my movie session. When Abbas came back after dropping them, he saw me shedding buckets of tears looking at my phone. He was terrified at the sight but I told him it was an emotional scene in the movie about son and dad that tugged at my heartstrings.
Abbas had his breakfast, sat for a while and went back to pick Mantam from the classes. The girls stormed in to the house and took me to task.
Mumma: “Did you cry in our absence?”
Me (giving Abbas the why-did-you-have-tell-them-you-big-mouth look): Errrr, I was watching a Kannda movie and there was an emotional scene.
Tammu: So Mumma, from today onwards we declare it illegal for you to watch any Kannada movies!!
We all love the song ‘Hanikarak bapu’ from Dangal. We were listening to it in repeat mode.
Me: Mantam, do you know the meaning of Hanikarak Bapu?
Mantam: No Mumma
Me: It means dangerous father. In your case, it would be Hanikarak Mumma as I’m the one who is strict and makes you do things whether you like it or not.
Mantam (start giggling)
Me (sounding hopeful): Arey, aren’t you supposed to say I’m not an evil momma?
Mantam: Well, we’ll think about it
We bought bicycles for Mantam recently as we realised how bad parents we have been that they still cannot ride a two wheeler. We had bought one long back but we were too lazy to take them to a park and teach them. This time around, we resolved to take them every weekend to learn riding. The first time Abbas took them by himself as I was late from work. The second time we all went together and both the girls didn’t trust me to teach them and each demanded Baba.
Finally, Tammu was brave enough to allow me to supervise her. After a while of practicing
Tammu: Mumma, you are getting better at it now. Don’t give up!
Me: Whatt a what a what a what whatttt??? Aren’t I the one supposed to say that?!!
Mannu is enjoying reading a lot these days. She was glued to a book called Margaret, which she had borrowed from School library. She was telling me that is she would not finish it before the next week’s library session, she would request it to be re-issued. I took them to our local library too and Mannu was searching the catalogue for Margaret high and low.
On Thursday evening:
Me: Mannu, did you get your Margaret book re-issued today?
Mannu: Nah! I returned it and got some other books.
Me: So did you finish reading it?
Mannu: No, I didn’t
Me: Then why did you return it? You really liked the book, didn’t you?
Mannu: Well, I didn’t like it so much after all!
Me: And you are telling this today?
Mannu: Eh? Would you have liked me to tell you tomorrow Mumma?
Me (banging the palm of my hand to my forehead): No thank you!!
Mantam and I walk to the station together in the morning, they catch the bus to school and I the train to work. Mantam’s school bus leaves at 8:45 AM but I can’t afford to wait to see them off, so they see me off first and then wait for a bit before hopping on their bus. Now, I have a train at 8:31 and the next at 8:41. My goal everyday is to catch the 8:31 and but I fail 😦 Some days we get so late that we even rush at jet speed to catch 8:41 too. On one of those days:
Me: We are super duper late today Mantam. Let’s walk really fast.
Mannu: Mumma are we going to miss our bus?
Me: No no, you both will get the bus. But I am worried about not being able to catch my train.
Me (continuesw to blabber while walking): Increase your speed girls. I am not able to catch my usual 8:31 these days. On most days I have been taking the second train at 8:41. Today we are struggling to catch the second one too. Forget about my usual train
Tammu: Mumma, if you are taking the second train on most days, isn’t that supposed to be your usual train? Don’t worry, we are only hurrying to catch your usual train today.
We all cracked up!
Tammu got selected in her school’s T-ball team. We got a note saying her team will be travelling to a park every Friday to compete against another school. We were asked to send a pair of long socks and shin guard for her. Abbas bought them and at home we were trying to put it on.
Tammu putting the shin guard on..
Me: Tammu, wear the long socks first and on top of it you can put on the shin guard
Abbas (laughing his head off): Seemu, you have zero knowledge about sports. Tammu, don’t listen to Mumma, keep going with the shin guard.
Tammu: Baba, Mumma must be right
Abbas: Tammu, Mumma has not played any sport ever. I used to be a soccer player and I have worn all this. You listen to me.
Me: Arey, the shin guard has such a pretty colour, isn’t it supposed to be seen? If she covers it with the socks, what a waste of colour?
Abbas: Seemu yaar, please! Come on, she is not going for a fashion show to show off colours and patterns
Tammu: Baba, Mumma might be right you know? Let’s check a youtube video on how to wear the shin guard.
Me (thinking how this girl blindly believes her Mumma and basking in the pride)
The youtube video proves Abbas right.
Tammu: It’s ok Mumma, don’t be sad ok?
Me: Takes my blind lover into arms and squishes and smothers her with kisses
Abbas: What about me you girls???