Monday, March 03, 2008

the baby and the bath water

plop, she dropped a bangle into her bath water in the bucket.it sank, and sat at the bottom.

yeh paani mein udta kyon nahin hai?"
Why doesnt this fly in water?

"huh?"
huh?

"meri boat aur ducks ki terah?"
like my boat and my ducks?

"boats aur ducks paani mein float karte hain, udte nahin hai."
boats and ducks float in water, they dont fly in water.

"bangle float kyun nahin karta?"
why doesnt the bangle float?

"bangle ko float karna nahin aata, to woh doob jaata hai."
bangles dont know how to float thats why they sink.

"float karna nahin aata? par paani ko to aata hai, to paani kyun nahin float karaata?"
They dont know how to float? but the water knows how, so why doesnt the water help it to float?

no, dont tell me this was the perfect moment to give her a lesson on densityand buoyancy and whatnot. i was a bit caught up with the larger philosophical question of why water can not help out, when it knows all.

homeschooling is out for this mother!

22 comments:

Mukul said...

i so love this! and get such vicarious pleasure out of reading your blog!

Moppet's Mom said...

They take the breath away, don't they? That's such a beautiful thought, and really, a valid question! :-)

~nm said...

What a question!! This girl amazes me with her questions...and they are very very logical if you see from their perspective.

SUR NOTES said...

muks: welcome back

moppet's mom and ~nm: yes, valid question. but i missed the boat in terms of her first science lesson! damn!
and the penny did not drop!!!
oh god, i can not stop.....

dipali said...

Lovely child. You can catch the boat next time:)
At a tangent, I'm reading this book called 'Jahajin', by Peggy Mohan,(Harper Collins) which includes a first person account of the migration to Trinidad from UP and Bihar. I think you'd enjoy it.

Space Bar said...

yes, sur, i was also surprised at the timing of this book, jahajin. such a coincidence!

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SUR NOTES said...

and spacebar, dipali: jahaji is a common term in trinidad.jahaji bhai are those who came across on the same ship. jahaji bhai was a famous song. check out
http://mobilizing-india.cscsarchive.org/gen/lyrics_jahajibhai.html

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Suki said...

Wow. I wonder why!

Space Bar said...

sur, where's the post?! waiting...

dipali said...

My dear dear friend and teacher who sailed to the USA on a Fulbright scholarship way back in 1955 also refers to her fellow Fulbright co-passenger as her jahaaz bhai! They are still great pals.

SloganMurugan said...

dread! i ll google or seek yahoo answers

Space Bar said...

oi! why you deleting senti posts?

Banno said...

Lovely Sanah story to come back to, after a long weekend break from blogging.

Mira's mom said...

That was cho chweet! :-)

Y said...

Sanah really makes me look forward to Peanut's coming years :-)

Itchingtowrite said...

straight from the kidzee ad!!! but valid question

SUR NOTES said...

suki: you are wondering about the water or the jahaji bhai?

spacebar: wrote such a long post that even i could not read it. so have scrapped it and will write again. and the senti post- at midnight it seemed awful. this morning i am okay about being senti.

dipali: the concept is so lovely, na?

sloganmurugan: when will you do the google search? when you have soap on your hands, and wet clothes?
:)

banno: welcome back. did the ex students win the match?

mira's mom, y: sweet only in retrospect. at that moment- the parent's expression is one of - dumbness!

itching: what part? you mean the child has hooked onto a copy writer's imagination? or , hell no, the mother? hey, link me to the ad please....you ave just made my worst nightmare come true.that we talk like the way copywriters think!!!!!

SUR NOTES said...

and y: if peanut turns out to be as witty and tongue in cheek as you, run for cover NOW.

dipali said...

If only the water could make everyone behave as desired:)

ajay noronha said...

o that was brilliant!