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Saturday, July 14, 2012

Good Housekeeping

After a long break I'm really glad to come back with a ‘feel good' post.
 'Good Housekeeping' has been one of my favorite magazines ever since it was launched in India. Finding it along with the morning paper usually makes my day. So when the newspaper man accidently 'forgets' to deliver it at the beginning of the month, I call and pester him till the poor man might be tempted to seriously contemplate a change of career!!
 Last month when there was no trace of the magazine for over 2 weeks I started my tirade against the newspaper guy, telling anyone who would care to listen, about the dire consequences he would have to face.
It was half an hour later that the doorbell rang and when I opened the door I saw my son standing outside with a solemn expression on his face, as he handed me what looked like two papers stuck together.
It was what was written inside that gave me a lump in my throat. I had one of my ‘mommy moments’ in my scruffy pajamas at my front door.
   The papers were taped together with sticky tape to make it look like a book
The title read “Good House keeping”
Inside was written in his best handwriting (he must have really taken the trouble to write neatly) the following
“We should always keep our homes clean
We should wash our clothes everyday
We should wash our hands after going to the toilet
Good houses should have windows to let in fresh air and sunlight
Sunlight can kill germs
We should not cut trees or plants, we should grow plants. Plants give us shade, food, fresh air etc
We should have a sink to wash utensils
Good homes should have doors and lock them or robbers will enter our houses and steal things”
 Despite all his temper tantrums and mischief which makes me want to pull my hair out, the little fellow had his heart in the right place.
 Thank you my little one for having   enough empathy   to understand amma’s little eccentricities.
I am also happy to announce that I can safely say that my son is now “properly domesticated”.. at least in theory!!!!


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  2. Thank you ..He turns seven this August.

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