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Mother, writer and daydreamer. Also chocoholic and chick-flick lover. But mainly mommy. To two boys, at that! When not escorting my Elder One (EO) to karate class, I'm trying to get in as many cuddles as possible from my Younger One (YO). And when not doing either, I'm hard-at-work trying to maintain a steady relationship with my laptop. And as for the Man I Married (MIM), well, let’s just put it this way – even though we share a bedroom, our most meaningful conversations are held over the cell-phone!

Friday, October 30, 2009


I'm a great believer in educational toys and games. Oh, I love the silly stuff too but nothing like a Scrabble, Pictionary, brain-teasers and puzzles to keep engage a young mind and stimulate his thinking skills. So, it's no wonder that our home is full of puzzles of many different kinds...animal puzzles, number puzzles, the alphabets, colours, shapes and Disney characters too! There are foam mat puzzles, colourful cardboard puzzles and lovely wooden ones too!

I asked the YO, who loves school but is allergic to learning of any kind outside the educational building, to sit with his wooden alphabet puzzle next to me while I worked on my computer. No matter how much cheering and singing I did each time he got something right, he had sniffed out the true goal of this activity-- that it was meant to reinforce knowledge. After a few letters had been done, he looked at me, eyebrows furrowed, forehead creased, expression one of disgust, and asked me irritatedly, "Eitaa ki school?!?" (Are we in school?!?)

Both my sons are very fashion conscious. They are all about the jeans and are both trying to become masters of The Right Look.
Now normally, the EO doesn't have a problem with the clothes that I pick out for him. In fact, if he's being especially difficult, all I have to do to change his mood is to offer him a favourite T-shirt and his world becomes as right as a sunny day with lots of ice-cream!
He had a tea party to attend and I chose a funky pair of pants for him along with a matching T-shirt. He wanted to wear a different T-shirt, one with long sleeves and which didn't go with the pants as well as the one that I had chosen. A heated discussion ensued, in which Mamma and son argued back and forth, with Mamma winning because --
a) Mamma could easily revoke her decision to let EO go to said party,
and b) because Mamma is a big bully.

After he came out of his room, all freshly changed and handsome, in the clothes that I had picked out for him to wear, he launches into a final attack, "Mamma, the clothes that you wear, do I tell you which which ones to wear? So how come you tell me which ones to?

My boys have me stumped!


bhavya said...

Oh... EO n YO hav all of us stumped,don't they?

Such wonders the 2 are!! :)

Annie said...

hahhahaha... EO definitly has a point!

Passionate Goof said...

ha ha ha ha. OMG! I am really laughing here. First the Victoria McMorial, and then this. The EO does give us quite a few gems doesn't he? Hugs to both the boys.

R's Mom said...

Hahahhaha...thats so funny....I think you should consider EO's views on your clothes or let him make a choice by himself hahahah :)

Swapna Raghu Sanand said...

Wow, EO has a solid point! I am really in splits just visualizing the whole conversation. Thanks a ton for sharing with us!

Anonymous said...

I am with EO! I love full sleeve shirts with trousers that they don't go with :) By the way I think little boys are obsessed with full sleeves, maybe because they feel all grown up in them (just guessing) - I have bullied my way through many battles for belts and full sleeves.

YO is too smart!!!! :) Now what are you going to do? I also love scrabble, pictionary and word and rhyming games :)

Delightful post this one, I am going to be grinning all evening now :) Or, let me share this with my son!!

Sparkling said...


Seriously, they both couldn't have been more right! :D

Mamma mia! Me a mamma? said...

@ Bhavya: They certainly had me hmmmm-ing and errm-ing for a good many minutes!

@ Annie: Sigh...true (but don't tell him I said that!)

@ PG: He sure does! I wish I could record them all...

@ R's mom: That day is coming soon enough!

@ Swapna: I'm glad this made you laugh :)

@ IHM: My boys love wearing 'button shirts' because those make them feel all grown-up and daddy-at-office-like!
I love how you share the posts that you like with your children. You're such an awesome mom...I hope I share the kind of relationship that you have with your kids, with mine, some day :)

@ Sparkling: You're right!

The Ketchup Girl said...

i am with eo and yo. will u please stop bullying them? :d I do the exact same with mish but haven't yet won a single battle. U have no idea how little girls can screech!! and in these countries, I am very very scared :/ f i had my way her warrobe would have some purple, yellows and reds. I have never ever been more sick of pink! :D

Mama - Mia said...


the cuteness of it all!

and YO is allergic to educational stuff too? i thot only Cubby was like that!

and yeah, what will you do when he starts telling ya what to wear?! ;)



dipali said...

Impeccable logic! No wonder you are stumped:)

Mamma mia! Me a mamma? said...

@ KG:! A colour sadly missing from my life :(

@ Namesake: Like I said before, your Cub and my YO...the possibilities are scary!

@ dipali: Stumped! Bowled out! Caught! LBW! name it!

Poppy said...

What happened to my comment? :) LOL LOL LOL - both of them do have a point you know - yes I'm taking their side ofcourse:)

Mamma mia! Me a mamma? said...

@ Poppy: Sigh! All you indulgent aunties!

Monika,Ansh said...

Lol.......ur boys are right!!