Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Lists: My Ten Favourite Gitanjali-isms

This photo is really a defining one for gitanjali, because really, she's sort of an undercover devil... she looks all angelic but the trident is making you wonder isn't it? I took her for a birthday party the other day, and she was in this beautiful white lengha (long skirt suit) with ribbons in her hair, and pearls, and everyone who came in to the party would exclaim, "she looks like an angel!"... and then she proceeded to terrorise all the kids... so anyway here are some of my favourite Gitanjali-isms for you...


1. one morning, when she was about 2 years old, she wandered into the bathroom for her shower, and noticed that her dad had left his minyak cap kapak (some kind of ointment which derek is addicted to. if you don't know it - it has a sort of sharp stinging smell, and you sniff it or rub it on your temples to allegedly help ease headaches or stuffy noses. However i know a great many people who are addicted to it, my husband being one) in the soap dish. she got so upset, put her hands on her hips, and said (very sternly): "look at this mama. he left it here again. i am socked and dis-pointed.... are you socked and dis-pointed? i am very upset"

2. she was carrying her handbag and asked me to carry her books for her. when i told her to carry them herself, she looked at me and said with her hands in the air "but how can i carry it? i am only a child. I am not Muruga ! (a Hindu God, and our personal diety)"

3. my parents are constantly dumb-founded by the things she comes up with. one evening while out in the garden with my mum, she said to my mum, "Paati (grandma), look!" and my mom looked at the garden and said "what is it?" and Gitanjali apparently went, "look at the plants and the flowers. they're so beautiful! how did it happen?"

4. i'm constantly trying to correct her behaviour, especially her temper tantrums, and her abusive behaviour to other kids... one day, she told me, "mama, you are Alysha, and i am Sham maasi, ok?" and she goes "Alysha darling, don't play with Gitanjali ok. She is a very naughty girl, always snatching things and hitting you..." LOL! it was a bit shocking really, because you don't think a 3 year old would be able to look at herself from the outside...

5. she was on the toilet while all this was going on, and having so much fun (with the role play) that she was there for what seemed like hours... so at some point i got impatient (which i am a lot with her, although i am trying to be better) and started yelling at her to finish already, at which point, she says to me, "Darling, if you get angry, or lose your temper, you cannot shout. You must take a piece of paper and scribble on it, and show me how you feel, ok? i Looooove you. Come, come, i will give you a kiss..." (even as i type this, i am laughing at the very patient intonation in her voice, as she gave me this piece of sage advice that i am constantly dishing out to her... LOL) Trust me, it was hysterical!

6. she's got a desk and 2 chairs in her cubicle in my office, with a telephone, and a pc (but at the time when this incident happened, she hadn't got her pc yet...). sometime last year (probably just after her 3rd birthday, she was in the office - school holidays or something. she generally plays on her own, so i don't really see what she's up to. this is as safe as it gets, you know? she's really comfortable with everyone here. well anyway, pramo, our chambering student was with us then, and they were both doing something together. i went off to meet a client - came back from my meeting and found that my little madam had moved her table to pramo's cubicle, set up all her stationary and phone there, literally squeezed pramo to a corner and then told her "you sit over there. don't disturb me ok? i am very busy" and gone to work scribbling on her pieces of paper!

7. i will never forget the day, when i asked her, "how are you feeling darling?" and her response was, "i'm feeling frustrated mummy!" . She started this after we got that book, The Way you Feel, but on and off, she does come and say, she's feeling frustrated... she usually has a reason as well, but its usually something like, "i'm frustrated because i want to get that sweet"....

8. My office is on the 1st floor. i usually park my car on the main road and pass the downstairs mamak coffeeshop on the way up. everyone in the shop knows her. actually, i guess everyone on this street knows her. Anyway, my associates in this office (if you read my office blog, you would know that its very much a place where we eat) have trained my daughter in several bad habits. any time she is here, she gets to go down to this coffeeshop or the convenience shop in the petrol station for some kind of goody. usually at the coffeeshop downstairs, she gets to buy a bun from the bread stand (which is right by the entrance)... One day, i get her down from the car, and walk with her to my office. As she approached the bread stand, she turned and looked at fatty (the manager of the coffeeshop who mans the cash counter), then ran to the bread stand, snatched a bun and ran off to the office! Criminal behaviour! in broad daylight! Clearly with Intent to commit a felony!!! at 3 years old! Dear, dear, dear. it makes me think of what they say, "you only find on the ladle, what there is in the pot..." (an old tamil saying - "satiyile irrukurathuthan appayile varum" i.e. the child being the ladle and the pot being the parent - not that i was ever guilty of criminal behaviour at 3 years old mind you... or even now... or anywhere in between either, so don't go there)

9. as i was walking her to her class one morning, 2 other kids came up. the little boy started whispering to his sister, and after a pause, she came up to me and said "She (pointing a finger at gitanjali) beat my brother yesterday." you must understand that i am not a confrontational person at all - i don't quarrel with people generally, and this was early in the morning, probably not even 9 yet, and i hadn't had any coffee, and you know, this kid was like 6 years old or so - i really wasn't expecting a fight early in the morning you see - so i said, to her, somewhat lamely, "oh dear. did she? what did the teacher say?" really pathetic i know, but i am not a morning person, and she was truly 6 years old, its like being attacked by a, i don't know, something small and furry and cute, by a hamster or something... aiyah! i don't know. don't judge me, ok...

anyway, so i sort of avoid looking at this kid, and as i hand over gitanjali to her teacher, i ask her, "did she beat anyone yesterday?". The teacher looks at me in surprise and says, no, she didn't beat anyone. so then i point out the hamster's brother, and the teacher goes "Ohh him. No she didn't beat him. She bit him yesterday. She took his hand and chomped it like this!"

Of course she then went on to explain that said brutality had come about because he had been bullying Tishia (Gitanjali's favourite in class, who has Down's Syndrome), but i have to admit i had to go and have some serious coffee after that...

10. last week she went and told everyone in my office, and i mean, everyone, "you know, my vulva is red today? that's why, its... itchy!"

1 comment:

PixelChick said...

3 year old and already knows what a vulva is. Awesome :D