Thursday, May 29, 2014

Wanting what is not!


For the past two months, there's been no difference between my house and the fish market!

Summer vacations+ kids at home+ neighbours' kids= one deadly concoction + terrible headaches!

And the most irritating aspect of this holiday is the constant ringing of the door bell! Ting tong- "Aunty, can S and S come out to play?" Ting tong- "Mamma I wanted to take my skates" Ting tong "Mamma, take these skates, give me the cycle keys" Ting tong "I'm thirsty" Ting tong "Aunty, I want water" Ting tong-" Can I take monopoly?" Ting tong"I'm hungry" Ting tong "I want my bat" Ting tong "Susu"...ting tong...ting tong.... the entire day,the bell keeps chiming and I keep marching to and fro, leaving whatever I'm doing, to open the door! Like precision clockwork, they keep ringing that bell, leaving me feeling like a doorman! Enough to drive anyone insane! And god forbid if it was our house that was chosen for indoor games! I swear, I could see the walls shake, the floors tremble and the doors creak on their hinges, and the windows just about stopped short of cracking their glass!

I complained to my mother, how this was affecting my concentration, and how I haven't been able to write and submit my work on time because of it. Mom's answer? She laughed, "Are you under some false impression that you were a quite child who only stayed indoors all day and helped me with the housework? You created the most racket, my dear, and added to that was your incessant chatter! You drove me nuts! All kids are like that! And it's just a matter of a couple of months." Couple of months seemed like light years....at least the kids ensured that I felt so! Mom wasn't really being helpful, so all I could do was grin and bear it! I just wanted some quite and peace.

That time has now passed! The holidays are over. Today, the school reopened and kids are back at school. I think that I might even hear a pin drop, if it falls anywhere in the apartment! But there's an eerie silence too, and it's like I'm suddenly missing all that cacophony of the sweetlings! (Oh wait.. did I just call them sweetlings?!)

Someone said it right, "As a rule, man is a fool, when it's hot he wants it cool, when it cool, he wants it hot, always wanting what is not!"

18 comments:

  1. Haha my little brother ( ten yearold) sits in a corner playing video games and only video games. I push him to go play outside! :p

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    1. these video games and television can get pretty addictive!

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  2. hahaha.. now you feel like complaining .. i'm sure when they will grow up you will miss these "bachpan ki badmassi" !

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    1. I know!! the frailties of the human mind!

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  3. I like your reflections, they are all true! When it's snowing, I'm longing for summer, and in the summer seasons, I'm looking forward for the snowy days...

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  4. That's a good one. Like your lively writing style which keeps the reader engrossed till the end with just emotions of everyday life. Keep it going.

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  5. Your are a revelation. Like your style of painting everyday life as truly engrossing pieces of art. Keep it going 👌

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  6. Titli,this is such an interesting post. All mothers have to face this 'hulla-gulla' when the children are at home. We may feel irritated for a while, but we miss the 'tamasha' created by the kids'.

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    1. yea....its like suddenly there's a void!

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  7. I like how you so richly describe all those ting-tongs :) I can totally picture all that great activity during the holidays, and then the quiet! Very nicely written, Shubhangi :)

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  8. Now I understand how my mom might have felt during my summer holidays! Maybe thats d reason I was sent to summer camps every year :D

    Swathi Shenoy

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    1. that's a good idea...now that the kids have grown big enough to go to summer camps, that's where they will be off to from next year!!

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  9. Hahahaah :) Tell me, they gave you the much needed exercise , without your having to visit the gym, didn’t they ? :P
    When I tell my mom that little P doesn’t stop at one place for more than a minute, she chuckles and asks me, “ What do you think you did, as a child ? You have no reason to complain. Woh teri hi to beti hai.”
    I guess these are the most joyful moments we ever get :)
    Wait for some time, vacations will come sooner than you imagine :D
    Enjoyable post, dear !

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    1. yea.....hamare he toh bacche hai...maa shaitan toh bacche kaise sadhu ho sakte hai?!!

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