Oct 6, 2011

To make the short story long...

Conversations with my children these days are extremely "interesting" as they go about in elongated routes to explain every little details in their stories and every little bumps and hiccups that occurred. I better have a solid hour or two in hand before attempting to get an answer to a simple question.

An innocent "how was lunch?" could result in everything from the crowded microwave to a stolen chicken piece to some one's spilled lunch. The gym experience you would regret the moment you asked, it would go on and on and on - who got hurt, who lost their tooth, who cried, who got a tally, who pushed who, and then what happened... it is endless.

Today Sharon brought home a cast of a seashell she had made from plaster of paris to understand how fossils are formed. It was a non-stop narration of how she made it - not dismissing any single detail in between as irrelevant, a good quarter hour she went! No, I am not exaggerating.

I don't mind it at all! In fact I truly enjoy listening to their narration of the day's event. But what bothers me is that they demand undivided attention while they speak. How is it even possible when all of them speak at once?

The slightest distraction results in an abrupt shutdown and immediate withdrawal and retreat to their rooms. It would be more time consuming when they finally return to continue the story - after my heavy begging and pleading... It drains me out at times; what am I to do?

Wait a minute; I think I see the problem! Have I not made a short story long by this very post?! And you didn't even ask... I guess I can't blame the children then...


16 comments:

KParthasarathi said...

Hephzibha,
You are a blessed mom.Set apart an hour for the children reducing even your blogging time correspondingly .In a few years they would grow and the fun and the innocence would not be there then.I hope the family sups together and let the dining table provide the venue for their dilating on their daily exploits and experiences.Encourage,enthuse and enjoy. Capture the conversations in the video once a while.

anilkurup said...

Yes, as KP said , you are blessed mother. These moments once done and gone are gone forever.You have to recollect them later and may be wish the children were young and playful, chattering as they are now.
Is it not the sign of a great bond between you and your children that they talk so much and lot with you? Yes it is.

My children ( son and daughter) are into the twenties and late teen. And the unexpected uprooting from India , makes me miserable and long to be around them. I wish I could be near them until they fly by themselves.

May goodness be always with you and your family.

Rachna said...

"But what bothers me is that they demand undivided attention while they speak. How is it even possible when all of them speak at once?"
I face the same situation when both my sons begin talking together. I don't know whom to listen to and don't know which one to ask to shut up. My younger one is so quiet outside the home but talks non stop all the time. Can you imagine that? Whether you are trying to work or watch TV, read or something else, he just goes on talking. I totally empathize with you and have absolutely no advice to offer.

A said...

Common problem. But I do try my best to give undivided attention. :)))) I wish I could get undivided attention from my daughter......

....Petty Witter said...

I still can make a short story into a long one - why do you think my name is Petty Witter?

Bikramjit said...

no you cantask :) i guess the kids take it from you ha ha ha haha :)


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Y L said...

I remember papa asking us/telling us what happened from the time we left the house till we reached home not omitting even a single detail.
Also i remember how you told me endless stories about your friends and class mates and what happened at classrooms/ work places/ to your friends etc etc. There is no story which I did not know of you or your friends. Now it is your turn to listen.

Mangala said...

so sweet! It reminds me of my younger days!!

deeps said...

haha...
no wonder... they know their mom :)

Juxta said...

Ha .. ha ... I tired to give undivided attention too. I guess its best to have just one child. We can spoil them rotten with too much attention then. :) I have actually learnt to look as though I am listening and then not listen!

And yeah, it runs in the family. Can't help it! :D

Ruprekha said...

Such a sweet post! You reminded me of my days several years ago with my children when they were young. Reading you I felt as if you are speaking on my behalf! Enjoy every moment now, as this time will soon pass, making you miss them a lot.

உங்கள் நண்பன் said...

We did yesterday... Now our babies day.. they do today.. It's interesting.

R. Ramesh said...

haha it is like today is the tomorrow v talked about yday..ya You are a blessed mom indeed

Emily, Ruby Slipper Journeys said...

ha, very true! Very often we bemoan things in others that we have taught them. I've also definitely done that to my mom though... take any interruption as lack of interet and thereafter disappear...

Someone is Special said...

NRIGirl, first time on your blog and I have to say you have got a cool one.. and sharing about your life is too good.. PS: I am sure you are blessed to be a mom to sweet kids because nowadays kids get locked either in Playstation or in Computer.. Lucky you.. Enjoy and I am sure you will learn a lot from them.. I thank you so much for visiting my blog.. Love to see your footprints often..

PS: I am writing a love story series.. will be happy to see you there..

Someone is Special

IRFANUDDIN said...

hahaaa....Lovely Post....:))

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