Ever since Pari has started crawling, you can spot her tailing me around the house. Though I do take great care where all she goes and puts what all in her mouth, but I can’t be a CCTV.
You can often see me telling her ‘not to follow me!‘ in a very slow and trying to push it down her system kind of manner. As expected, she never bothers what I tell her and does what she loves, that is follow me.
In the past one week her love of following me has seen a dramatic change. Instead of following me, she likes to spot my footwear and whenever she can get an opportunity get hold of them, play with them and even try to chew them. I know it’s absolutely bad, dirty and something to be taken extreme care of. But, lapses happen all the time. If not mine, she is happy to get hold of any other footwear belonging to anyone under the sun.
So much so, that she literally follows our feet and the minute we’ll stop to talk to her, she’ll attack our shoes. So if I have my slippers or shoes on, she isn’t much interested in being pampered, but in getting hold of her new-found love.
The outcome is, now you can see me following her everywhere she goes in a hushed up manner to check what she’s upto. I’ve got a very clever kid, who can teach me a trick or two about how sleuths and thieves work. The minute she’ll see everyone around busy with their work she’ll make a slight noise with whatever she has at hand. If nothing is available she gives out a loud squeal and waits to watch the reaction.
If no one looks her way, in the next nano-second she’ll crawl at jet speed searching for new objects to chew, new sites to explore and best of all new shoes to play with. There I get in the picture.
I follow her tip-toe and at times even crawling after her for she stops every now and then looks around to check if I or anyone else is watching her.
The moment she’s about to pick any of the newly spotted footwear, I’ll jump in to tell her not do so. Then and there I get an earful of the lesson I try to teach her day and night. Don’t follow me mommy in an angry look, loud squeal followed by loud screaming on moving the object of her interest away from her.
I am getting a good dose of my own medicine and I am actually learning new ways of exploring hidden treasures of my house through my little teacher.
The song on my mind: Tu jahan jahan chalega ~ Mera Saya