Wednesday, May 28, 2008


After having her bedtime wash, Hooty ran over stark naked to the living room where the windows were open and exclaimed, “Ammi! Close the window. I am shameful!!”

Monday, May 26, 2008

Miss Pinch-A-Lot

Yesterday when I went to pick Hooty up from school, her teacher told me, “Hooty has started pinching her friends. When she can’t get them to follow her, she pinches them to get her way. When they complain, she immediately says ‘sorry’. So I told her saying sorry means that you should not do it again, but she does.”

So, on our way back home, I asked her about it, and my cheeky monkey says, ‘But I say ‘sorry’ all the time!”, as if that would rectify her hurting her friends! So I explained that that’s not the case and made sure she understood that it’s wrong. All the while she was glaring at me with her arms crossed. Only when I told her that I am ashamed of her and that it made me very sad did her tough stance break and she began to cry. And she promised that she won’t do it again.

She usually doesn’t break her promises so I am hoping this is the last I hear of Miss Pinch-a-lot.

Monday, May 19, 2008

Repeat After Me!

I am sure most of you who are mothers (or fathers) go through this—having your mother come out of your mouth!

I find this happening more often now that Hooty’s no longer a ‘baby’ and tend to do things that make me…um…mad. And oh boy! There goes me scolding her in the exact same words my mother used that it scares me, because I remember thinking that no way am I going to say these things to my child when I have a baby of my own.

Just last week I found myself saying all of the following: (they are in our native language, Singhala – I’ve tried to translate as closely as possible.)

“Ayyo! Dahasarayak kiyanna epa me lamayata ahanna.” (Oh No! I have to say something ten times for this child to listen to me.)

“Ke sarayak kiyanna oneda oyata?” (Just how many times do I have to tell you?)

“Kochchara kiwwath ahannane. Epa kiyana eka karalamai nawathinne.” (No matter how much I say not to do something, she will end up doing it.)

And it makes me understand what my poor mother went through, the frustration of trying to get your child to listen to you. But it makes me smile too when I think that indeed what goes around comes around ;o)

And I am sure Hooty too will repeat the same things to her kids...and I plan to look on and thoroughly enjoy my self at her expense!!

Friday, May 2, 2008

Ammi is Sick

Groaaaaaaan, moaaaaaaaaaan..caugh caugh caugh....

Yep folks...I am sick. I don't know how the hell I got it but been having pneumonia!

So, will post something more interesting than me being sick once I am fit and able.