Day # 2 of The Ultimate Blog Challenge... You can read my other posts for the Challenge here :)
Since I wrote about 'Challenge' yesterday, I thought I would just continue with the same theme. This week I plan to write about things I would have never done, but then brought myself to do it and the results are for you to judge.
If you are a regular reader of SuKupedia then by now you must have realized one thing about me that, I love my family next to God. But that does not mean I do not have my moments with them. Of course I do, because they all seem to be from some part of the universe that I can never explore. My Dad is the super cool one, and mom is the one who has a book of rules which she expects us to follow. The reason she always states is that, it is her responsibility to make sure that the kids grow up as per the 'Social norms'. She took a lot of pride in that. It is a totally different story that none of us turned out as she had expected, and she blames dad's genes for that!!
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One of the rules my mom always tried to imbibe in us was to take blessings of your elders by 'touching their feet'. It is a very common tradition in India. But my father was not a big fan of this tradition. He thought the only place where you should fall is at God's feet. The idea of touching feet of elders to get blessings never went well with him. I very strongly approved of my dad's thoughts on this. No matter where I am, I can never get myself to touch another human being's feet to seek any sort of blessings. But that in no way means I disrespect them. Infact I am known to be a 'darling' when it comes to loving my elders.
There was this one time when I was in Kerala with my mother and my siblings, spending our summer vacations. I had messed up something big time and mom was really mad at me. We were on our way to a temple in the evening and she was still not talking to me and her mood was completely red. My siblings kept accusing me that I had spoiled it for them too. My brain was motorising itself to come up with ways to mend it with mom, when she slowed down to greet someone. She turned to my aunt and said, "Oh look there is Nair Sir, our school teacher".
I saw my chance of redemption and quickly fell at the feet of the old man who was approaching from the side. The idea was to impress mom and make her proud in front of her teacher. I thought mom would be really happy. Instead she just pulled me aside and in a miffed voice asked me, "What the hell are you doing? Who is that old man?". "That is your teacher no? I am just taking his blessings" I retorted feeling fairly proud and impressed. "That is not my teacher, this is" She said pointing to a well dressed middle aged man. Turns out I had fallen at the feet of some passerby whom nobody knew!!
While I looked sheepishly at the passerby, my mom couldn't control her laughter. But that was not all I had to touch the feet of her teacher too...but anyways all is well that ends well
Lesson I learnt that day: You can bend your rules sometimes just to see your mother laugh :) :)
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