Goondoo will be 10 this August
Studies in class 3.
He called me up, a couple of minutes ago. He had had his Open House in school and had got his marks from the Unit Test conducted in January.
"I have got a A grade" he sang. "This is the first time I have got one."
His school is not generous with marks. And his mother takes studies and examinations very seriously. A bit too seriously, I think.
I have been guilty of this too. Being the "MARKSIST MOMMY"., to my first born. Once, while nagging him to return to his books, I have said to him, ""You know your only fault is that you are intelligent." And I always had expectations from him. To do well. To shine, To outshine.
With my younger one, I am a relaxed parent. Realisation struck that MARKS are not the be end and be all. I need to appreciate her just the way she is and shouldn't be burdening her with my expectaions . Or probably I had had my share of fulfillment from the older one. My only advice to her has been - Do your best. Do not lack / lag in effort. !
Coming back to Goondoo.
I was happy for him. It was a proud moment for him.
I told him, he deserves a treat now. "What can I get you?" I asked.
As expected, he said "nothing".
I prodded him further. But he stuck to his answer . "Nothing".
And then , as expected, I got my answer.
"I want a remote controlled car. But I don't want one, because I have too many." He whispered into the phone , fast and furious. My sister was probably lurking around , I could hear her voice in the background.
Dear Goondoo, you will have your remote controlled car. A chakaa chak remote controlled car.