What Happens When…
… Aaryan is home.
As some of you know, Aaryan our 11 year old sonny boy studies in a Boarding School. He is home for his week long autumn break…
- The living room, the bedrooms, and the dining room look like school classrooms with books and notebooks, pencils and colours lying everywhere. Project work is done on the dining table as there is larger space to spread all the papers, files, books, colours. Maths is best studied in the living room and French comes easy when lying on the stomach in the bedroom…
- I get to learn a lot of new slangs used in the school. This time I was explained the concept of Tuck Raid. Tuck is the goodies (biscuits, juices, chips, cakes, cookies, chocolates etc) that we send for the child. These are the things kids eat in their dormitory apart from their 3 meals and a evening snack break. A notice is put on the board that on a certain date there would be a Tuck Raid by the House Masters, and that any Tuck found would be confiscated. So, all the children in the dorm share and finish their Tuck before the raid and party. And of course, I get to learn French too, of course Google the God helps me when he has a query!
- There is a constant chatter at home as so many stories are shared about kids from school and some of them are those whom I have never met. Of course, when I go to school to drop him or pick him, I love seeing the faces of those names!
- The intercom never stops ringing as his friends keep calling to decide on the games they’d play and the time and the place too. After all they have so many options to choose from… cricket, football, cycling, games on PSP or Tablets, hide and seek….
- Kids from the apartment complex greet loudly with “Hello Aunty or Namaste Aunty”. What amuses me is that these same kids act as strangers when Aaryan is back to school. Though a couple of his best friends always stop to greet and enquire about him, unfailingly!
- Need milk at 8 am? Or cumin powder at 8 pm? I just have to say it and Aaryan dashes to the Easy Day store which is in our apartment complex.
- The dinner invites increase as family and friends call up to ask about Aaryan’s favorite dishes.
- The father-son duo gang up and overtake the kitchen completely, cooking newer and some favorite foods every day. No, I am not complaining!
What I am complaining though is that all this is coming to an end this weekend.
Of course, all this will start once again when he comes back in December for his 3 months vacations!