09 April, 2009

Oh !! Another DUH moment !!

Duh Moments are proving to be aplenty – for Mommy, that is.

I know I know – if you are nodding your head with a raised eyebrow and thinking “Of course it has to be Mommy – Who else can be associated with DUH ?” – I don’t blame you. Cos the DUH moments have been happening with rather alarming regularity !! One such earlier DUH moment has been dutifully recorded here.

The other day, the younger sibling was all ga-ga over some spaceship. Now, it being the Easter break, both siblings are at home full time for a full and whole two weeks !!! What Mommy means to say is that she’s one hundred percent in her “selective perception” mode.

Mommy’s mind is now trained to make sure that things don’t really register. Many little snippets of speech, the siblings’ arguments etc .. just skim through the surface of Mommy’s consciousness without really “getting there” into her fully conscious mind.

So it was one such moment when Mommy was fully in her Selective Perception mode and the younger sibling and the elder one were droning on and on about something. The words “spaceship”, “asteroids”, “dwarf planet” etc … kept plinking down like coins into Mommy’s head but there was no connectivity to the words. The words were floating in and out of Mommy’s head pretty much like one of those satellites lost and wandering aimlessly in outer space.

Later in the afternoon, the younger sibling was abuzz with questions about spaceships – and Mommy had absolutely no clue as to what was happening. Questions were being thrown at the hapless Mommy pretty much like the rain pelts down in Hongkong during a typhoon. Not to mention the wind inside Mommy’s head that was making her whirl in dizzying circles just trying to fend off the questions.

“How do astronauts know how fast they are going ?”
“How do the astronauts know they are going the right way ?”
“What will happen if the astronauts land on the wrong planet ?”
“How will they know how cold it is on the planet’s surface ? What if they don’t have enough sweaters to keep them warm or what if their spacesuit does not keep them warm ? If they feel cold in space what will they do ?”

How will they know this and how will they know that’s – were all over the place and the hapless Mommy was pretty much like a headless chicken at this point of time.

And like is normally the case, to extricate herself out of the small hole the younger sibling had dug – what does mommy do ?

Well, she did what she normally does. Digs a bigger hole for herself to put herself and her foot in !!

To dramatise the reply, Mommy went ahead and started behaving as though she were actually in a spaceship. Apparently all those episodes of Star Trek that mommy used to watch as a kid was actually coming back to bite her in the butt !!

“Pling” ….. whoosh …………. “Bing Bing” ……………”Dooosh” ………….. “Boom Boom” …………. “Eeeeeeaaaauuuunnnnnn” ………………..”Shlick Shlick ………….. wheeeeeee” ………….. on and on it went until Mommy realized that she had two very alarmed spectators.

Two very startled spectators who were looking at Mommy and then looking at each other. And Oh ! those looks spoke volumes.

And they brought Mommy crashing down to Earth !!

Yes Yes – now you know where that crater mysteriously appeared from. Go tell NASA !!

Anyways, not to digress, the rather wild eyed Mommy with her hair in total disarray gave the nutty siblings a huge smile (which only served to alarm them further, actually) and said to the younger sibling “See – you asked me how the astronauts know this and know that. I was just trying to prove a point and trying to tell you how they figure things out.”

Mommy continued to dig a hole in the ground for herself by continuing “See that’s how they figure things out. They have all those little dots and buttons and dashes which go bim bim boom boom” said Mommy, looking rather pleased with herself.

“Mummy – do you mean the controls in the spaceship ?” queried the younger sibling who looked convinced that Mommy was actually some Martian in disguise. The elder sibling too was giving Mommy extremely dubious looks while at the same time trying very hard to control the amusement and the mirth that the hapless Mommy had created with all those histrionics and the booms and the bims.

“You mean the controls of the spaceship, right ?” asked the younger sibling. “You could just have said controls Mummy, but you said bim bim boomboom and all that” said the younger one, giggling and laughing uncontrollably. The elder sibling, by this time, was laughing hysterically !!

Yes indeed. Mommy could just have said “controls”, couldn’t she ?

(sigh) The kids are growing up a tad too fast.

And Mommy – when is she going to learn ?

Will she, ever ?????

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10 voice(s) said so:

Suma said...

oh gauri..this was just too funny..and having just spent two weeks with the kiddos at home, i so totally know what you are saying...

they just started school two days back and close agin tomorrow for good friday :)

Itchingtowrite said...


Priyanka said...

LOL, very funny :) Your kids must have had a good laugh. I was trying to visualize you doing Boom Boom :)

Shobana said...

Very funny Gauri! And of course we moms never learn...thats another duh! moment for you!!!!

Hip Grandma said...

Ha,Ha,ha!!I was rught in in tagging you.But I see that ITW ha tagged you already.Ne'er mind you can oblige us both at one go.

Neera said...

duh indeed ..right now its Vansh who uses yeh and woh for several things he doesn't yet know/remeber the names of but I can see the tables will turn soon :)

Choxbox said...

yay to the sibs!

Anonymous said...

Hi, found ur blog link at themadmomma and being ur HK city cousin, had to check ur blog. U hv really created a home away frm home for ur kids...I mean ws looking at ur Diwali pics (I always thought desis here do th needful and get over it) Will keep visiting.


the mad momma said...

LOL! moms dont learn certain things.

on the other hand i've tagged you to tell me the things you HAVE learned/gained.

do join in!

Mama-mia said...


hahahaha! am waiting for bouncers like these to begin chez nous!

and i dont have the art of bim bam boom! sigh!