Tuesday, July 28, 2015
87. The Wonder Years With My Kids - 3
From Smartcracks Collecton On Our Son.
Hirusha and the Ethiopians
In an effort to make our children think twice before wasting any resources, we always took the less fortunate ones than us like the homeless people, the children in Somalia, and Ethiopia, etc. as examples.
“Hey don't waste food. There are millions in places like Ethiopia dying in starvation at this very moment.”
We didn't realized we had pushed it too far, painting too gruesome a picture, until Hirusha coined this new phrase “How many Ethiopians would die if I..”
For example, “How many Ethiopians would die if I throw this apple core away?
Or would come rushing back to the room he just left to switch off the fan and say, "I just saves two Ethiopians."
Then we knew the Ethiopian era has come to an unexpected end.
Also known as Era
A purple colored Yahoo Messenger pop up message pinged at the bottom of my laptop screen. I clicked open the email and said aloud "A portable Sewing Machine!" because we were interested in for some time.
"And also known as the needle?" Hirusha asked without missing a beat.
Eating food while it’s still warm isn't Hirusha's strong point. His fruit share will remain on his table being ignored for days. The tea will lie there all day unless someone forced him to drink it. Most of the days it was cold when he finally drank it. One day mother yelled from the kitchen, "Did you drink your tea?"
"Almost finished!" he quickly picked up the mug and yelled back, immediately followed by a "Also known as just started."
Quick Search Era
We were discussing about bygone days. The jobs entailed status we were saying
“A Clerk’s job for example, was supposed to be an underpaid menial job those days,’ said my wife’
“The parents didn't want to give their daughters in marriage to clerks,” I added salt.
"But don't forget,"Hirusha said without batting an eye,"that even Superman was a Clark."
All of us were busy with our own work when Hirusha aksed if anyone of us saw his pendrive. None of us paid much attention to him as we were engrossed in our own work but all offered some offhanded remarks like, "You must have given it to friend" or my wife’s usual "Calm down and backtrack your brain" or "Did you check in the laundry bin" or something like that. In a while we heard his sarcastic voice "Okay guys, stop searching. I found it."
Our little boy turns Eighteen today. So this is to say how much happiness you brought to our lives in the last 18 years and also to ask for more.
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