Friday, January 27, 2012

Is It So Hard To Say?

Yesterday I was at my parents place for lunch after picking HRH up from school.

Two of my sisters and my father were seated around the lunch table, alongwith HRH and I. My son suddenly (while playing a game on the iPad and chewing a bite) said, "Ammi, I love you." I, just as distractedly replied, "I love you too baby". This is a conversation we have at least 5-6 times in a day (unless we are really at loggerheads).

One of my sisters looked at us and said "What is with you two constantly declaring your love for each other? Did our parents ever tell us they loved us?" After thinking about it for a bit, I reached the conclusion that no they didn't. They never told us directly in so many words, that they love us, which doesn't mean that we didn't know or don't know that they love us unconditionally (which they do). But it was never something that was stated in such clear words as "I love you."

Perhaps it wasn't the done thing at the time or perhaps it was supposed to be a given anyway, either way I don't remember my parents being as demonstrative as my husband and I are with HRH, or even as they themselves are with him now.

I'm not sure why it may be difficult for some to say, but it's really not too hard to announce (once you get over any embarrassment you and/or the recipient of the 'I love you' may feel).

Of course in some cases, there may be some expectations after those words, as was what happened earlier today -

HRH: Ammi I love you
Me: I love you too
HRH: You look pretty today
Me: Hmm.
HRH: I'm waiting...
Me: For what?
HRH: I gave you some compliments. You have to say thank you.

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Better at Bullying, Paying Dues & Holiday Highlights

HRH: Ammi you're an even bigger bully than me.
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HRH: No homework today...No torture for me and you!
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HRH: You and Baba get paid for going to the office. Why don't I get paid for going to school? That's my job.
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Me: I missed you when you went to spend the night at Nano's. Did you miss me?
HRH: Umm...it was just one night and we were both in Lahore.
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HRH: I'll never wash my child's potty
Me: Who'll do it then?
HRH: I'll make my wife do it
Me: Baba washes you doesn't he?
HRH: Yes but I don't want to get my hands dirty
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Conversations during the winter holidays in Italy and Spain - 
Faisal: We'll be going back to Lahore soon
HRH: Noooo...I want to live in holidays
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HRH: I saw two people kissing on the lips on the metro...it was really gross
Me: Hmm
HRH: They didn't stop kissing
Faisal: That's ok
HRH: But their tongues were also touching
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Career motivation after a walk down La Rambla, Barcelona -
HRH: I want to be a street performer when I grow up
Me: What kind of performer?
HRH: I'll be a statue sitting in the air
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At DXB airport, waiting impatiently for Faisal to be done with eye scan -
HRH: How long is this going to take? What will they do next? A CT scan?

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An hour after seeing Trevi Fountain -
HRH: I liked Saturn at the Trevi Fountain
Me: You mean Neptune?
HRH: I knew it was a planet name

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HRH: When a bride throws a barbecue, the person who catches it will get married next?
Me: Bouquet?
HRH: Yes
 
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