19 December, 2008

Just one of those DUH moments ....

One evening, the younger nutty sibling was found engrossed in a book titled “100 things you should know about mammals”.

The elder nutty sibling was busy with her Mandarin (Putonghua) homework.

A veil of rather unnatural silence filled the room. And in an effort to break this rather unusual hush and quiet that was hanging in the air, Mommy took it upon herself to try and get the younger nutty sibling to talk. The elder one could not be disturbed because she was busy with her homework. So it had to be the younger one.

Yeah – Mommy is rather scatterbrained that way. First she complains about the noise the siblings generate and when they are quiet, she tries to get them to break their silence. Ever heard of the oxymoron which says parents are the sensible ones in the house !!!! Yeah - Mommy is a living, giant sized epithet of that very oxymoron !!!

So Mommy peeped into the book and found the younger sibling staring at pictures of deer and he was busy reading something out.

“Hey that’s a deer, is it not ?” ventured Mommy

The younger sibling looked up at Mommy with a rather mystified look on his face and said “yes”. The look on his face, however, translated into something that said “Of course it is a deer. What else does it look like – a cow ?”

Mommy should have taken the cue from the monosyllable reply but then again, she can be quite dense when the situation so demands.

“Those deer have such complicated horns” said Mommy.

And she found herself looking at the younger sibling, who, by now, had a slight frown on his face.
“Mummy – can I tell you something ?. Those are not horns. They are antlers. Cows and Buffaloes have horns. And deer have antlers – not horns”.

(*sigh) So much for wanting some idle conversation with the kids !

And then after a pause, the younger sibling chose to add for good measure “And Mummy – when there is one cow it is called a cow. When there are two cows they are called “cows”. But when there is one deer it is called a deer and when there are two also they are just called “Deer” and not “Deers”. OK ?”

Oh ! Mommy had been taught during her school days to “let the sleeping dogs lie”. She’d never really understood the meaning of that idiom fully.

Now she does !!!!!!!!

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17 voice(s) said so:

Swati said...

hahahaha ....learned little boy!

Uma said...

That was funny! Kids of this generation are so smart! I have same aged kids (9yrs and 4yrs) like yours, so I can tell. That was a nice read. First time here and fell in love with your nice blog. :)

Suma said...

totally relate to this...they sure know how to put you in your place...


loved reading this gauri...

I love Lucy said...

Oooh! Watch what you say in front the smart young man from now,G!
He is sharp!

Rohini said...

LOL! Mr. E in action!

Hip Grandma said...

how cute!been there seen it but never learnt to retreat while there was time.better luck next time.A Happy New Year to all of you.

Poo said...

Hi Gauri...I have been a lurker for a LLOOOONNGGGG time now...I have read ALL your posts and I love your writing style. In fact, I started reading mommy blogs only after I stumbled upon yours. You guys were an inspiration for me to start a blog of my own!! But, I have very little time to spare for blogging...that's the reason I was a lurker...so now i have decided to de lurk...let's see how I get along with this communication thingy!!!

Sue said...

I'm also learning to not tell the child that I know more about anything than he does. Bah!

On that note, here's celebrating what you do know more about than him: http://sunayanaroy.blogspot.com/2008/12/le-grande-finale.html

Deepa Hari said...

Nice one....enjoyed reading it.

Happy New Year!

starry nights said...

Enjoyed reading this.they are way too cute.Wishing you and your family a happy new Year.

dipali said...

Gauri, an award awaits you- please come over and collect it.

Mama - Mia said...

:)

awesome!! i am so sure Cubby is gonna think his mother is duh even earlier!! :(

cheers!

abha

Just Like That said...

duh! LOL. Have missed out on Abhayisms bigtime in the last few months.

AMIT said...

Very good shared about the moments.

Lingerie Alley

Sue said...

I can just see that scenario in my mind Gauri, Abhay is such a very bright little boy and as a parent I have learnt that children are often cleverer than us parents and we can learn so much from them.

Usha said...

Been having one of those rough days and this really picked me up - abhayisms are the surest way to bring a smile to your most harrassed day!

Nagesh.MVS said...

Good moments.awesome!! i am so sure Cubby is gonna think his mother is duh even earlier!! :(