The miles to go before I sleep...

  • Start teaching science at school and incorporate demo
  • Research, design, implement comprehensive teaching module on science, civic sense
  • Interview social change agents working @ ground level
  • Pilot peer-to-peer teaching programme

Saturday, April 30, 2005

My family....tireless.

My family is self-sufficient in all respects. I have a brother, a sister, a cousin, a loving granny and working parents. There is no dearth for fun, fight and play with my siblings around all the time. Seeing the parents' return after a prolonged absence (matter of hours is a long wait for a kid!) always brought great excitement and prospects of Bananas, mangoes, peanuts, toys, chips..and the list has just begun! My granny? None to beat her. If I didn't know what hunger felt like till I was in my 11th grade, its because she had a 100% record in having the tiffin and drink ready when I came back from school. (During high school, I travelled farther, so I felt hungry halfway home!).

We have not used a lot of machinary for household chores. We don't own a dish washer till date. We bought a washing machine fairly early, but found hand-wash was more effective. The same was the case with vacuum cleaner. We found that broom-sticks and waste clothes used with washing powders (Surf Ultra!)were better cleaners. For nearly 2 decades, our only personal transportation were bicycle. With my awesome granny and hard working parents and helpful siblings around, almost none of the toiling household chores ever seeped to me. No matter how much work was due, we always had the
enough manpower to let me munch pop-corns over weekend entertainment. God! I had a dream childhood.

I was just reading an article in Reader's Digest which talked about how household chores like taking the trash, going to a nearby shop for grocery and helping to cook, not only improved family values, but also made one more responsible, smart and to an extent worldly. Is that true? I made a quick analysis. Oh yea! My sisters rock at home management. My brother needs little help when it comes to handling people and decision making (though my mom doesn't think so!). And....wait a minute! My secondary school friend (also a rank holder) helped his mom, bought groceries, maintained his bike and you bet he is smart! So were my friends from high school and college. The article hit the Bulls eye!

It occurred to me, I could have had a dream childhood with some more soft skills! I wish my dad dragged me out of the house to clean my bike! I wish my nanny and parents were not so tireless.


Priya said...

hey badhu
you took me to those childhood days.. good post da!!

kadai kutti chella kutti.athaan. anyway, you can learn most of it even now...its only the attitude..

hey,you possess the greatest quality which v all are not known for; which every parent want from their kid.yeh, your mom and dad can boast anywhere anytime about you on this. yeh i mean your obeidience (keezhpanithal)...

Even in situations where you have to argue,i know you can convey it in a much better way. You can analyse it logically without bringing in emotions.

May be you can convey things little forcefully. Otherwise you are awesome man.

manamirundhaal paravai kootil maankal vazhalaam.

u can learn anything..every moment u r here is an apportunity. utilize it..

Jagan said...

Hi da, MAchan,It was nice to read..
but to be frank , i understood all the lines , but didnt get wat u were coming to tell.

But anyhow, i got reminded of patti & the "low Ceiling" funs..

Keep it goin.


Priya said...

why u din't understand jakka..
he was trying to say " avan innum koncham vela panniirukanumnnu sollaraan finalaa"..nalla enjoy pannitu ippo solraan la...;)heehee...