It’s been a while since I realized that all I say and do is being followed, copied and understood by Pari. Though I still err on trying to act smart with her, only to end up re-learning the said lesson again.
Pari is very fascinated by small kids and babies. Saying she loves them is quite an understatement for you can actually see her eyes light up in the middle of a tantrum or crying session if you show her a baby. She calls them all ‘Chhota Baby’ (small baby) pronounced as ‘Chh baba‘ by her. The irony being on 99% of occasions the babies in question are actually elder to her, but she likes to believe otherwise.
So ever since Pari learnt to utter ‘mumma’ I enjoy confusing her. I show her pictures of women in newspaper or magazines and say, “Dekho Mumma” (see mum) but she just smiles and leaves it at that.
A couple of days back, I was busy filling up some paperwork and was about to stick a few passport size pictures of mine. Just then Pari came to me to check what was keeping me busy. In an attempt to distract her I passed on a magazine lying next to me pointing to the model on the cover and said, “Dekho Mumma aur chhota baby” (see mum and a small baby). I had thought she’ll spend a few moments admiring the picture and I’ll finish my work in the meantime.
Within two seconds the magazine was on the floor and she attacked my passport size photos. Scared that she might tear them I plunged to get them back just when I noticed her looking at the pictures with great concentration. She was actually looking at the pictures and then at my face as if comparing the two.
Worried that she might crush them, I requested her to hand them to me, just when she pointing her finger at the picture with a sweet smile uttered, “Mumma” and giggled.
Well, I am learning my lessons albeit slowly.
The song on my mind: Na jaane mere dil ko ~ DDLJ