“Mamma, Akka is not listening” (Mamma’s night-time T.V. time)
“But I thought she was sleeping?”
“She is. She is not putting her pillow aside.”
“But you just said she is sleeping?”
“Ya, she is sleeping!”
Mamma still busy watching and reading.
“Nobody understands my proBlllem!!!!”
Mamma taking a double take… mission accomplished, our man walks away!
What am I to do with him? Can’t handle the-world-does-not-understand-me-syndrome-of-thirteen-going-to-eighteen at four years three months!!!
A four year old whose life revolves around holidays! Looking at the globe on Saturday declares, “Dadda after we come back from Hyderabad, we should go to Iceland for a holiday.” ” But, Uvi, its very cold there,” Akka pitching in”. “Its Oooo Kay. We can wear gloves!!!” (…Dadda, thinking of buying lotteries)
And a “great negotiator” to top it up. On the way to piano class, asks if we could go to Cafe Coffee Day. I stall. Manage for all of five minutes. “Can we go now.” I stall. After another 5 minutes. “Lets pick up Dadda and Akka then ask everybody”. After 5 minutes. “Can we please go.” Stall, stall, stall. We pick up Dadda and Akka. “Can we go now?” “We have booked for a movie, Uvi”. “O.K. Can we go now?” Mamma, Dadda giving up and start ignoring. Sunday morning.Goes for a haircut. Spots CCD and we are dead. All in the car. “Yayyyy. ‘A lot can happen over coffee’.” Reading the board and the world.
That’s another thing that happened to him. He is reading. Anything and everything. After my visit from Dhamtari, I found a new reader in the house. I had learnt that Vygotsky suggested a competent adult to support learning. The only competent adult available to him, Naani, is busy organising the house for him. When and how did this happen? I know it’s not happening at school, because we chose a school so that it doesn’t happen! Clueless and waiting… while early reading books being packed up for his three year old cousin.