It is a Monday morning
I summon my son for a bath
He asks back : But where are we going”
My heart skips a beat, and I nonchalantly tell : Its Monday, we all go to school and office !! ( half dreading the Nooooooooooo’s and tantrums )
We reach the bathroom., He refuses a bath. Keeps saying no to school.
I remain calm. Atleast I try to.
I talk of germs on the body etc etc, fully knowing I am fighting a losing battle
But I did brush teeth he says. So no germs ..see !!! he says
…But somehow along the way the tantrums disappear. He has a bath. Is cheerful as I dress him up
On most occasions, I don’t know whom to thank to.
I don’t want to do a “I did this ” I made it happen jig.
It works today, It may not work tomorrow.
..But along the way I have mickeys and spidermans and chota bheems and goofeys that appear on school bags, on tooth pastes and even on under garments to thank for , for making Mondays less maddening
Yes I will call it magic when a child can turn from no-school-today to – see-daddy-I-had-bath-I am-ready mood.
..and I only pray that the same magic remains for formal school – to boring school uniforms , to school buses and to new teachers
I only hope !!
.. and I seriously cannot thank enough all those cartoon characters that appear in tooth pastes, under garments and T shirts. THANK YOU !!! .
Now can some one answer why a 3 year old needs to dress up in school uniforms for school????