Friday, June 30, 2006

Taking care of business

Kids have an amazing ability to see things that others don’t see. Just a couple of days back Sriramji spotted a weird looking insect below his toy box. I couldn’t really figure out what it was, but it did look mean and vicious. We lifted the box up and he spotted two more. The boy jumped up and down and shouted in sheer delight -“daddy look, look” – he said and reached down to pick one sucker up by its neck. I had to struggle to restrain him. “No” I told him “I will take care of that, that’s daddy’s business”

I moved him to a safe distance and quickly stepped into action. The insect trio looked at me viciously through their nickel colored eyes. It was intimidating. I reached for a can of pest repellent spray and doused them with a healthy doze. They seemed unmoved! In fact the enemy drew close to each other, slapped a high five and burst into a fit of insane laughter. I refused to accept defeat and sprayed them my wife’s perfume which is capable of knocking pretty much anything in the vicinity unconscious, but that didn’t help either. I grew impatient. I was beginning to feel sick in my mind. So I took a heavy frying pan, slipped it into a plastic shopping bag and smashed the buggers flat with it. Instant insect chutney! Man I felt so mean.

Kids have an amazing ability to remember things too. Today morning Sriramji picked up a fight with his mother. I heard him crying and soon saw him running to the kitchen nekkid. From there he emerged with a frying pan in one hand and a plastic bag in the other. Still crying and profusely dispensing from his little nose, he handed the weapon to me and pointing to the adversary said “amma shouting mon. Take care business daddy”

Dammit! I felt terrible. I think I inadvertently taught him a bad lesson. I had to give him a big baby lecture to undo the damage I did. But I am very relieved that he did not take care of the business himself.


Blogger Anoop G said...

in america u use frying pans..?

in india now we give electric shock to insects and killl them.. it comes in the shape of bat and is good..

take some next time..

i am a regular reader of VKN blogs.. keep updating

4:03 AM  
Blogger silverine said...

Hilarious!!! :))

10:01 PM  
Blogger Injikadan Mathai said...

that was soooo funny man...the power of association...nice oneee...

10:07 PM  
Blogger Me:) said...

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12:07 AM  
Blogger Me:) said...

Yes, kids have an amazing memory. When we were leaving for Japan last year, my daughter wanted me to take her grandma too. I told her we cannot - because she does not have a visa.

Last week her grandma returned back after a short visit to us. She did not ask me why we are not going. She knew it pretty well. As I learnt from a letter that she scribbled to her cousin "I will pray that we get visa to India and then we will come"

12:09 AM  
Blogger Jeseem said...

fasinating having a kid point out mistakes. getting into really akward
abt perfumes, now i know how u get knocked out of volleyball game all too often :-)

4:37 AM  
Blogger Bhagya said...

He he he.. That was funny.. your son is smart.. be careful next time he might give the pan to mommy & ask mommy to take care of business with daddy :)

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