Note: Found this post dated April 20th amongst unpublished drafts.
Date April 20th, 2008, Time 6 pm.
Husband watching TV. With IPL, ICL he’s even more glued to the TV, if that was possible. I am glued to my laptop. Kids busy preparing for their bright futures in their rooms…or at least one of them is. The other one enters the room.
Daughter- There’s nothing nice to eat at home! Husband can hear nothing except the TV.
I – Have some juice.
Daughter – No, something nice.
I (knowing very well what ‘nice’ means) – Like what? Shall I cut you an apple?
Daughter – No not fruit or fruit juice. Not something good for health! Something nice.
Husband generally believes I get carried away with my passion for healthful and wholesome; he gives us an absent minded glance.
I say – What you need is a glass of milk and a sandwich.
Husband continues watching TV. Daughter gives me “and you call yourself my mother?” look.
I – Maybe all this is just an excuse, because you don’t want to study. (watching Husband who now peels his eyes off the TV and gives the brat a glance).
Husband – What do you want to eat?
Daughter – (without looking at me) Plum cake. Masala peanuts. And Pepsi.
I look like I am going to choke – What? You want an upset stomach and pimples? Just before exams? You go do your work; I will get you some chilled watermelon.
Husband, eyes at the TV again, mutters… Are you sure?
Daughter – I don’t want something healthy, I want something I like...I am studying!
Husband (to me) – It’s okay during exams…they are working hard, let them have what they want…
I (very firmly, pretending to get up) – I will sprinkle some chat masala on watermelon and you will love it with …
Daughter No I don’t want such things! I want something nice!!! (Realises this is taking time. Sits down)
I – What’s wrong with you? Show me what you were studying, maybe it’s becoming too much, I will ask you some questions to help you revise…
Daughter Nooooo I am hungry…
Husband forgets the TV, picks the phone (like I knew he would) and orders Plum cake, Pepsi and Tasty Nuts for instant home delivery from the neighbourhood grocery shop...like I knew he would 🙂
I pretend to give up in mild disgust…
Happy Daughter’s Day 🙂