Some Silly Childhood MemoriesThursday, January 29, 2015
As my day to travel back home is nearing, I have started to get these bouts of homesickness more often during the day and the context it happens is more baffling. I had this urge to watch as much as episodes of Packed to the Rafters (PTR) as I can today as it going to be weekend and that means I will not get to watch in peace with F around. Though this my second time, it is this time I am actually more focused and some of the scenes today made me miss home terribly - especially my dad.
I know today its the last Thursday of this month and a Thankful post is due. As I never draft, posts are never out as planned. But yet, since morning, I kept thinking on what or for whom should today's post be dedicated to. I had couple of ideas but it wouldn't be fair and possible to get them in one post and that too in short time. So I dropped the plan and continued watching PTR.
I wanted to get distracted from this feeling of not being closer to home. It is weird that I miss them now so much when I am about to meet them soon. I came to my laptop to check some food blogs but I was not reading. my mind wandered to my childhood days with my family.
Getting ready to school every morningBoth dad and mom used to be very involved in making sure that all their three kids are ready to board the van. Dad goes around my sister feeding her the breakfast. She was always late! Mom packs the lunch box and our cat (tinku) was always curling around our legs when there is total madness getting all set. Poor thing used to be so neglected in that rush hour.
Mom's crepesMom makes these lovely crepes and serves with jam, rolls with coconut fillings, or with stir fried plantains. This used to be most of the evenings when we walk in back from school.
Tea-bread Ice-creamMy brother used to stuff pieces of bread into the hot cup of tea until it can be scooped and had. Sister and myself did the same thing and it was yum. A new way to eat tea hehehe.
Dosa TimeEach one gets fresh from the pan into our plates and its non-stop. Mom caters to each ones choice of chutney and I wanted the red one made with red chillis.
WeekendsBreakfast with family - dad spreads butter in all the toasted breads and it is not the breakfast.. it is the snack with morning tea. The actual breakfast happens a little later which would be idly, puttu, poori. upma, etc. It was always like that, with morning tea the snacks itself used to be heavy and then there is a breakfast too. Every time this happens, Dad would say why do this double breakfast? and if at all just tea was served, he always asks for the "Kadi" (snacks) :-)
Nothing gets overThat one last piece of anything - stays there - be it a biscuit, candy, chocolate, bread, plum cake anything - if there is only one left - no one eats it thinking let the other have it.
Taking sidesSibling rivalry was big time in our home and as worst as it can get. Mom used to be surprised that we become so friendly in a short time. Worst was my brother, who had hard time making up his mind on whose side to take - me or my sister.
The garden or the hensMom's hens always ruined my garden and every day after school I had to check which all plants were destroyed and I go ranting about how her hens were not good.. etc.. eventually I gave up gardening and the hens won. I was glad they got cooked! Buaaahh!
Rooster for AlarmYes, mom's that big fat rooster could walk in side our home and also knows the way to our bedroom and then we no need no alarm to wake up.. he goes with his signature song right next to our ear! Dont think we lived in a farm... wish I were.. but this was amidst town.
When I was a kid, being the last one I am always the kid, but I so badly wanted to grow up. Family has grown in numbers with marriages and kids. The last time we all were together was for my wedding. It was total fun and I realized we were totally same when we are together...
What I listed are the smallest things makes me laugh now ... writing them down just helped me relive it. There are lot more that we end up talking when we get together.. and I miss them so much ...
Isn't it a great thing that parents do - let go - they let theirs children go and build their lives and family? It is the bond that they brought us up with which stands forever. Thinking about it, I had detested so much of my childhood days and always felt it could have been better, but now I know I wouldn't want it in any other way. I am gifted with all the things I need to lead a blissful life.
I can't thank enough...
Now, I am sure you got thinking of your best times with your family!