Conversation with my 11 year old after we attended a great session on must-have skills for teenagers and almost teenagers.
Me: So many things for you to do and skills to learn…
Her: Amma, it’s not like you have it all. Remember the list that aunty made about how adults should have a mix of everything? Well, you have some things to do as well.
Me: Really? Are you saying I’m not perfect? Tell me one thing on that list that I am not.
New life goals – become irresponsible! 😊
Is school absolutely essential amma?
– Asks my 11 year old very hopefully, as she reluctantly heads back to school.
Lazy summer holiday. Non stop fun with friends and cousins. What more can I say.
Me: That was a really long school trip.
Her: Yes amma, six nights and five days.
Me: Did you miss us? Were you homesick?
Her: You know when I really missed you amma? It was when we had to pack our bags at the end of the trip. My idea of packing was to separate everything into two piles and then dump everything into the rucksack. That’s when I missed you. Really really missed you!
– Oh well, at least she did say that she missed me. Even if it was only for my top secret, super scientific, expert packing skills.
Amma, I’ve got a new policy: Don’t worry, be happy and eat lots of coconut barfi!
It’s even got a nice rhyme to it, don’t you think?
– Life advice from my 10 year old daughter this Diwali.
Me: *with a hacking cough and sore throat*
It was a cough, it was a cough,
It was a cough that took her off.
Older daughter: *rolls her eyes*
Me: *continuing piteously*
It was a coffin, coffin,
It was a coffin they took her off in.
Younger daughter: Bye amma.
– When all you need is someone to give you a hug and make you a hot cup of tea, and instead all you get are unsympathetic brats.