Alphabet Challenge-ABC

A for apple,B for ball,C for Cat-Building up a story with these three alphabets seems more challenging to me than what my little son faced when he was learning the alphabets.Twenty four years have passed since my son then a boy of three years started learning ABCs and counting 1,2,3,—-.Now he has grown enough to start a family for his own and may be teaching his son or daughter ABC with in three or four years.Time flies so fast.
The little events associated with my children’s growing up stages are ebbed in my memory. One such incident comes to my mind.My son was only three years then.He loved eating fish.But fish was not available always as we had to depend on the fish vendors. One day my husband purchased one kg fish from the market and handed me with the instruction to cook it nicely for his son before he left for his office.I was cleaning the fish and cutting it into pieces while my son watched.My son was shouting with joy and making unending queries about the fish.Just to stop him I said”Shh—”
“Why Mama?”
“Because the cat may hear.”
If cat hears what will happen?
“The cat will eat away all your fish”-but really I was thinking that our neighbour might overhear the overzealous expressions of my son about fish and might take it as someone who rarely gets to eat fish.
My son started further queries in low hushed voice.
Mama-Does cat love Fish?


Alphabet Challenge-ABC–Continued

By some error the story about the Cat eating away the fish sneakingly got published halfway while saving the draft.And I thought-Let it be.Not all things get to see their completion. Sometimes half told sentences carry more meaning than the full sentences.But I must tell the story.I cleaned the fish and fried the pieces in oil.My son relished two or three pieces.I kept the other pieces in the frying pan.Closing the kitchen door my son and me went for an afternoon nap for a while.We woke up to find that the kitchen door was open and there was no sign of any fish in the frying pan.The cat somehow pushed its way through the kitchen door which was loosely locked.My son looked sad knowing that the cat had eaten away all the fish.Perhaps the cat had overheard him while he was talking about fish curry.
Mama,What will Baba eat?
I asked him not to tell Baba about the cat eating all the fish as he would get angry about my carelessness.
When my husband returned from office,asked how was the fish.
“Very Fine—-“I answered hesitantly ,not feeling confident to tell the truth”
“But cat—–“My son interrupted ,and stopped there realising that father might get angry if he knew the fact.
“What cat—?”his father asked?
“Oh nothing,I was telling that cat loves to eat fish”replied my son.
“Did you eat fish?”
“Oh Yes .I ate fish.I ate all the fish.”
“YOU ate all the fish?Really?”His father looked puzzled.
“Was the curry tasty?”
“Oh yes,but the cat ate all the fish” ;the truth slipped from his tongue.
I sometimes wonder how innocent a child is!I put a burden on him when I asked him not to tell his father about the fact. While he was trying to save mother out of love his innocence gave way to truth.But in the process he was learning to face innumerable similar situations in life.

My Daughter’s Barbie Doll

Playing with dolls is so much fun for little girls.Barbie dolls are worldwide popular dolls.But it only belongs to richer class .All children are not lucky even to own very ordinary dolls.With the approach of Xmas we may think of gifting toys and dolls to those disadvantaged children.

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In a mother’s eye her own child is the most beautiful child in the world.To me my daughter is no less

than a barbie doll.When she was small,I used to doll her up beautifully and loved to look at her

dressed up in beautiful dresses.

She is my second child and so most of her toys were her elder brother’s used ones.The gifts she

gets on her birthday or on other occasions were usurped by her elder brother.

Once going through a market place,she exclaimed and looked greedily at the rows of barbie dolls

adoring the front of the gift shop.She refused to leave the place and scrutinized each and every

barbie doll of that shop.As i was in a hurry,I promised to buy her a beautiful barbie doll of her

choice on her next birthday.

The dolls were in a variety of fashionable dresses.One who wore a hat,One dressed…

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Me -a woman
I am to be loved
Not to be used.

Me-a flower
I am to be adored
And adorned
Not to be shredded.

To be handled with care
Not to be trampled.

To be paid back in love
Not with authority.

Me – A Dream
To be nurtured
To be realised
Not to be broken

Me- A Promise
Promise for the future
Keep me
In your heart’s care.