15 October, 2008

I need to go Now, Now, Nowww !!!!!

Outings with kids are such huge, wholesome fun – right ? I mean, who can disagree with that statement. All that could possibly differ is the way one defines “huge, wholesome fun” !!! :D

Outings can be broadly divided into two categories.

The Outdoors - lush greenery, sweet music being orchestrated by the various insects chirping away merrily, the warmth of the sun rays mellifluously warming not just the physical being but also ones heart, the flora, the fauna and last but not the least, fresh air.

The Indoors - the cool interiors of a shopping mall – oh ! the glitz, the boutiques with shoppers and window shoppers alike sauntering in and out, the steady hum and buzz of people conversing, the glamsham displays, floors shining like mirrors …..

When the nutty siblings were a lot younger, we had a kind of mental map in place. Not just of the place that we were to visit but more importantly, of the washrooms/toilets in and around the place we were visiting. Nature would ring in its calls on the nutty siblings at the most inopportune of moments and they would simply resort to saying “I have to go to the toilet and I have to go like NOW !!!”. Those words were enough to make us sprint and dash as though a whole keg of rocket fuel had just ignited on our backs. The Usain Bolts and the Shelly Ann Frasers should try taking on parents (dragging a child who needs to visit the loo, of course) for a 100 m dash to the nearest toilet. Under such circumstances, the parents would probably give the Olympic gold medalists a run for their money !!!!

There is absolutely no mistaking that wild eyed, panic stricken look on a parent’s face – with a rather squirmy little child hanging on to the parent’s fingers. And of course, how can Murphy’s Law not take effect in a situation like this ?

The queues in the ladies toilet are directly proportional to the urgency of the child’s need to use the toilet. Serpentine queues on the one hand and a foot-stamping child on the other – feet being stamped one after the other to a staccato beat. A beat that is accompanied by a whiny “I need to go now”. In just a few seconds, the staccato thumping of the feet changes to a hop all around the washroom – frenzied hops that would put a kangaroo to shame. The whine somewhere near its crescendo “I need to go now now now”.

Phew !! That is a scenario which comes with a 100% guarantee - to give parents frequent and recurring nightmares.

This nightmarish scenario gets compounded exponentially when the said request to use the toilet occurs when one is using any mode of public transport. When it comes to trains – there are no toilets even in the train stations. Which makes it an extremely dicey affair when one is travelling with a child whose need to use the toilet is always an Emergency Request. If one sees an adult running helter skelter, weaving in and out of the crowds, jumping over the turnstiles with a kid in tow, one can be pretty much sure that the adult is looking for a toilet and that the child has indeed pressed the Emergency Button.

We’ve kind of outgrown this stage. This fact struck home the other day when we were out shopping and when we were about to leave the mall, we asked the siblings if they wanted to make a trip to the toilet.

The answer from the younger sibling was a casual “no” and a more serious “you don’t have to ask – if I want to go to the toilet I’ll tell you, you know.” The elder sibling just looked as though we had a hole in our heads and finally, realising, much to her horror, that Mommy was still waiting for a reply, managed a "NO" with about as much exasperation as she could inject into those two syllables !!!

Now when we look at parents in similar circumstances with that same frantic, harried look on their faces, as they race against time to find a loo for the youngster they are shepherding along, it does make us wonder as to how we survived those close calls.

But of course, like the saying goes, an outing with a kid in tow is never exactly a breeze. When they outgrow one stage, they just simply step into another. And that means nothing other than a whole new set of “joys” for the parents involved.

Parenting is indeed bliss . It does take one a step closer to heaven, time and again !!!!!. The only thing that probably differs is the route and the pace at which one makes that trip to heaven and back !!!

Like Ed Asner once said

“Raising kids is part joy and part guerilla warfare.”

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7 voice(s) said so:

Suma said...

heh..heh...everything brought back so many incidents...:)

and i love that quote!!!

from a been there done that mom...

Sue said...

Geez... thanks for giving me something else to worry about! Bah!

K 3 said...

Geez! Thts just bad timming. I had planned to start with toilet training next month (with a bucket load of holidays) but reading this post makes me think, I am prolly better off with diapers, even if that means weekly costco runs and amts of debt!


d said...

he he g. i know that feeling oh so well from both sides.

of course as the mother of the two BIGGEST susu pots in the WHOLE WIDE WORLD and of course from the elder siblings pov too! when i was little (even until i was 10 or 11) my mom would ask me in front of a whole bunch of people - do you want to do susu? i mean, what-the- !
of course i do the EXACT same now. but i have reason to!


Krishnapriyacr said...

so true so true so true!! Iam in the 'fire away to the loo' stage..and will be in it for the next four years at least!! Wish me all the best! Lovely post.

choxbox said...


Gauri said...

Suma : Those were the days, were they not ? :D

Sue : Oh ! Not to worry Sue. I won't disappoint you. Will keep giving you more fodder to worry about :D

K3 : Hmmm ... but you gotta cross the bridge some time no ?

D : :)

KP : All the very best :)

ChoxBox : Yeah, I know :))