Monday, November 21, 2011

Head banging moments, anyone?

I've been having these little moments where all I seem to do is either pick up my remains of my jaw from the floor or bang my head at the wall steadily.

The 9yr-old seems to be in a hurry to reach 14. And it is not very easy on me. Not at all.

He likes Slipknot Psychosocial! "Slip knot what?" I spluttered.

He nonchalantly replies: 'Oh, its heavy metal!"

and then he gently goes a step further "and slipknot is the group's name. Psychosocial is the song's name!"

OHHH! *drops jaw, first checks to see that he is still 9 and then rushes off to google

He wants a pet, any size, any kind, any make, any shape. I offered myself, since i do dance to all their tunes and love them unconditionally. But he was not amused.

"If it makes you feel better we'll get a girl dog, okay?" he says

Sigh, i had no answer to that except  the urge to say "erm not girl dog, bitch" then thought better of that! Who wants to willingly fall into the fire from the frying pan? Who?

and then, he dreamily says " I'll name my dog Metallica!"

Aiyyo! *drops jaw, sees a dog named Metallica dancing with a kid who likes unpronounceable bands and bangs head on wall

Every time something like this happens, I let go a little bit. He is growing up, I just need to grow up a wee bit more too. But my heart breaks a bit each time.

Then something like today happens.

I had been out yesterday, and I received this sms. It was from him and it said "Amma, my thoot fell out and I didn't cry" *he's been having major dental issues and has had almost every tooth extracted. this was the second time he had pulled it out himself.

I reached home much later and oohed and aahed over the gap in the smile. Managed not to mention the wrong spelling of tooth (I'm nice like that) and the day ended.

Next morning, it was the usual morning drama. I had just donned on my 10 arms and feet, and was perfecting my art of magically appearing in all the rooms at once, waking up the entire block in the process of waking up two kids, and I hear an outraged cry.

"The tooth fairy didn't come. My tooth is still here!"

Three things made their way into the fog of early morning dimwittedness that lingered over my eyes.

1.  this particular tooth-fairy must have been a male. Someone's going to have a lot of explaining to do!

2. This hard metal loving 9yrold, believes in the tooth fairy? Really ? He actually looks devastated.

3. Gosh, I don't want to be the one to dismiss a childhood belief. I have like 5 minutes to do damage control!

So I hurried him inside to change into his school clothes, and morphed into my tooth fairy avatar.

Two minutes when he came out, I straightened the bed and said" Oh look, S,  i think the tooth fairy has after all left u something, it seems to have gone inside the pillow cover.  Must have been in a hurry"

An absolutely delighted 9 yrold put his hand inside the pillow cover and drew out a 10 rupee note.

What? only 10 rupees you, my readers, say? Shhh...that's what the tooth fairy could get in the last minute panic!

I turn around very very happy that a crisis has been averted, and do everything but a jig there. I'm so so pleased with myself.

Then a puzzled voice says "hmm... strange... she forgot to take the tooth"

Uh-oh!*THUD...THuD...major head banging moment

and then the 9 yr-old reasons out, " must be absent minded, nah?"*he must really really be believing in this tooth fairy!

All I could do was give him a big big hug, he's so forgiving isn't he?


Sumana said...

Loved your comeback and all about the post. I swear they confuse us with all the growing up and still talking like little kids. My little boy said that only his little sis will have a baby when she grows up and not himself. Not sure where he learnt this.

Sugar said...

Nice to see the writing coming back :) The kids humble us, don't they?

Suma said...

Sumana:: I swear, and with two boys, 14 and 9, i'm totally lost sometimes.

Sugar:: :))) they really do a good job of the humbling bit, I must say!

Meira said...

Hahaha! Christmas is around the corner. Just so Santa gets the gifts ready in advance ;)

Compassion Unlimitted said...

Welcome Back Suma ,with such a lovely piece at the cost of your goes on with head banging on at furious pace sometimes..mine 24 & 22 though in different continents give me enough opportunites to ,what else head banging
WB again ,hope to read more of your posts

m.flowerr said...

So sweet...

Reflections said...

Hahahaaaa.....that was funny;-D

Good to see u back:-)!!!!

ssstoryteller said...


vaidegi j said...

aah! ure back?! didnt know that!! :)
hold on to what little innocence is left. its so precious. you lose sight of them gradually, and its heart breaking to say the least!
The bench was good reading too and totally relate to the pleasure of just 'being'! :)

Just Like That said...

LOL at "this particular tooth fairy must've been a man" ROFL at "She forgot to take the tooth" How could you guys??? *wipes away tears of mirth*

Suma said...

Meira:: hehehe...but luckily, he does not expect Santa to come.

Compassion Unlimited:: thank you, thank you, I've been out of circulation for a while. so i am in store for more head banging moments.

Neera said...

Oh Suma ..please please please don't abandon posting on your blog the way you do! You are one of the 'most missed' bloggers for me!

And this was such a wonderful post - about everyday things in your signature style and can't believe the younger S has reached a point where he says the things like older S used to when I started reading ur blog! *sigh*

Suma said...

m.flowerr: thank you

Reflections:: yeah, you would find it funny! and you my dear are in store for quite a few headbanging moments

ssstoryteller: :))

Aarthi said...

very nice post :) made me smile :)

Suma said...

vaidegi j: yeah i'm back, this time more regularly i hope! kids grow, its us who take time to grow with them.

and thank you so much for coming back to read me and taking the time to comment

JLT::: yeah, right You will laugh at that one. seriously at that minute i didn't know whether to laugh or cry, having done all that and to forget the damn tooth! grrrr.....

Suma said...

Neera:: this was a sweet thing to say. i can't tell you the warm feeling i got after reading your comment. thank you.

as lil S, you ae so right, he seems to be going right after his elder bro, but its such an appealing combo with his still innocent comments and gestures.

Aarthi::Thank you aarthi for commenting. you have a nice blog too.

rajk said...

Hi Suma, I think I've been to your blog before but not recently. Loved your post! I too have an eight year old who totally believes in the "thuth" fairy!
Write more...

WhatsInAName said...

Awww 9 is such a cute man-boy stage. If you start recording the everyday happenings, that itself would make for such cute posts, I say! Simply loved this one and I missed your posts, really!
BTW, does tooth fairy bestow her blessings on 40-year-old-but-young-at-hearts? ;)

Aarthi said...

reading this was such a treat :)

the mad momma said...

aww... that is so cute. Snap to it tooth fairy! Pay the little man his dues.

And tell him there's an aunt here who listens to Metallica, Megadeth, Iron Maiden. And will also tolerate Korn, Slipknot, Slayer, Anthrax, anything else he wants.