Around 3-4 days before the Teachers’ Day, A comes home from school saying that she is supposed to recite some slokas on the dias along with a classmate of hers. This statement coming from a girl who is very very reluctant to step onto the dias and looks for every possible opportunity to avoid such a thing, and who refuses to participate in any sort of competition at school or the apartment inspite of varied attempts by the family to persuade her, sounded something like a mini shock for me and I was skeptical all the time. But knowing that the little one has given her consent to the teacher in the presence of her grandfather, I decided to think positively 🙂
And this marks the beginning of her list :
She was told to wear a pattu langa and as if it was the perfect timing to happen, all her pattu langas have become so short for her that there was only one left out and that’s the one about which she keeps complaining of irritation near under arms, because of which she hasn’t worn it even once so far since around more than 6 months of it being ready. So the in-laws set out on a mission to make it wearable and started looking out for a vest with sleeves only to find none 😦 So they bought a T-shirt, made her wear it and the blouse on top of it, took the markings, cut the unwanted areas of T-shirt, stitched them back and made a custom-made vest with sleeves 🙂
And then she was asked to wear some bangles ( the big box of bangles at home doesn’t serve her purpose ! ) and after asking in so many shops, just one shop had just one variety for her size and we grabbed them before anything else could happen !
And then she was asked to wear sandals, which was not an issue, and then came the requirement for lip-stick and cheek powder, which got a big No-No as answer and caused a little drama but finally ended in peace !
And next came the issue of gifting teachers which we assumed would be a couple of roses. But as it turns out, someone in their class mentioned about gifting sarees 😮 and finally we agreed upon a pen !
And then came the specification of hair style, that it has to be left loose, with hair from the sides meeting in the middle with jasmine garlands hanging. To top this, she was asked to have a hair shower on the morning of the day. And I would have woken up atleast 4-5 times in the middle of the night only to check it its already 6 for the shower time 😦 Finally with all the ladies at home (me, MIL and SIL ) devoting all the precious time and applying all their brains and acquired knowledge, we managed to put everything on her head as specified and got her approval 🙂
After so much of hungama that lasted for around 4 days, by noon of the Teachers’ day, I got to know from the in-laws that the efforts didn’t go in vain and that the kid did well 🙂 I asked her at the end of the day about how the programme went, to hear in her words and pat comes her reply :
“Amma, ask me about anything except the programme”
Having nothing else to ask, I went to sleep 😮