I am an Indian mommy living in California with my husband and two boys, Big A, age 8, and Little a, age 4. My boys tend to be hyperactive and hyperspeechific (yup! I totally made up that word), and my blog is therefore dedicated to recording all the awesome, impertinent and obnoxious things that they say!
I saw a kindred soul in Melissa when I read her Ohh, the Mommy guilt post! After all, I definitely cannot claim to be a perfect mom myself! I regularly suffer from housework denial, I barely manage to leave the kitchen unscathed when I cook in it, and my kids routinely leave the house with mismatched socks, snotty noses, and uncombed hair!
I blame my blogger friends for it, of course! If they all weren't so fascinating to read, the scene below would never have happened:
I put Little a in the bathtub; he loves to splash around for a bit before being soaped, so I thought I could catch up with my friends for a few minutes. Well, you know how this goes. By the time, I finished reading a blog post....or 5......and went back to the bathroom, he had come out, wiped himself down with a towel, chosen his pajamas and was now concentrating on trying to put on the buttons of his pajama shirt!
"Oh!", he said, on seeing me, "I thought you wouldn't be coming, so I got ready!" Unnnghhh!!!!!! Mommy failure!!!!
My mommy failure is such I wasn't even able to reach the Tiger mom status that our community prides itself on! Case in point, last week, this conversation happened:
I was walking Big A to his school and he was complaining that there was going to a substitute teacher in today. He said he hoped if wouldn't be Ms Bar! I asked him why. He said that she wore really stinky clothes. A real Tiger Mom would have immediately scolded her son and told him to respect his teachers. Instead, I bit back the giggle rising in me and the immediate comeback of 'Maybe she should be called Ms Barf then!' Luckily, I kept my mouth shut and just nodded sympathetically! What could I do, when I clearly remember how much I hated school myself!
Mommy failure again!!
Because of that, my kids too did not grow up to be the studious, obedient, and respectful kids that perfect moms have! Case in point, when we were getting ready for a ceremony at our house last weekend, and I had the enthusiasm to try for an elaborate top knot as my hairstyle that day! Pretty foolish because, till then, my kids had never seen me in anything more than a ponytail! So here are their reactions:
Big A: Uh....Mamma.....maybe you should take down your hair from up there, because.....um.....don't mind, but you're kinda looking a bit clownish!!!
Little a (his echo at his side): Yah!!! Clowny!!!! ahahahhahahahahahhaha
Mommy failure #3!!! QED, I guess!!!