A LETTER TO SELF – SILLY THINGS I DID AND WISH THAT I HADN’T

Dear Pradita,

I hope this finds you in good health.

I have noticed of late that you have been dwelling on your past mistakes as a child, when you see your own child making them. What can I say, genetics works in weird ways! You have been telling yourself that you hope your child does not make the same mistakes that you made. Well, that is what I’m writing to you about.

As your oldest friend and observer, I have witnessed each and every one of your silly mistakes and helped you get past them. Sometimes I may have forced you to commit those mistakes and then stood aside to watch you suffer. It was fun, but I’m sorry. I should have warned you.

A child’s beliefs are based not only on what they see and feel, but also on what they’ve been told. So, some silly story an Uncle cooked up on how clouds are made in a factory in the sky became a part of your belief system, till you grew old enough to figure out that the Uncle was only joking. Take care, therefore, that you do not tell you child such lies. You never know how far genetics may have affected her!

Then there are mistakes you made as a child because you didn’t know any better. Those added up to your belief system too and became your first life-lessons. Don’t get me wrong, dearheart, I’m proud of you… But some things you believed in and some mistakes you made were way beyond my comprehension. Here I present a list of those silly things, and I sincerely hope you have learnt from them and will prevent your child from following in your footsteps –

  1. Chomping on a fistful of chillies, does not prove you’re cool. It proves the opposite. Shame on you for falling for that trick. Full points to the naughty neighbour who goaded you into doing it.

  2. It’s -6 out there. It’s your first snowfall. We get that you’re excited. But, you do not thrust your hand into the snow with measly woollen gloves on. Also, if you did that, don’t bawl like a baby when your fingers burn because of frost-bite.

  3. Drying woollen gloves and socks (from your previous silly mistake) onto a coal-heated deghchi only gives you charred and crumpled wool… not dry gloves and socks.

  4. You do not grow a full garden in your tummy by swallowing a few fruit seeds.

  5. Yeah sure, bunnies look cute, but they can bite…ouch!

  6. Falling into a ditch is a common side-effect of cycling and letting your eyes wander from the road to the cute guy on the other side of the road. On the plus side, its euphoric when the same cute guy comes and helps you out, even if he thinks you’re an idiot to fall into a ditch in the first place.

  7. When you are only minus 5 feet, it’s very much possible for you to drown in the shallow end of the pool.

  8. There’s no point in showing some any skin in the middle of a bitter Delhi winter. Keep those tights and socks on, sista!

  9. Those sanitary napkins weren’t meant to wipe off ink splotches. Your Mommy lied to you. Likewise, those rubbery tubes aren’t transparent balloons…You get the rest, don’t you?

  10. Do not ever rub your eyes over hands that have been doing things with chillies.

  11. Those somersaults on TV are conducted by experts. Do not try them on your own bike and then cry about that twisted ankle.

  12. Cheating is not meant for you. You do not know how to cheat with stealth. You cheat like a sloth, then cry like a baby about being caught.

  13. When your teacher offers you the lead-role in ‘the’ school play, you do not turn it down to look gracious! There goes your possible-ticket-to-Bollywood!

  14. Likewise, in a rickshaw full of school-going kids, you do not offer your seat to a porky kid and then end up balancing yourself on an iron rod for the remainder of the 2-mile journey home. That’s not graciousness, that’s foolishness.

  15. On the day of an examination, do not trust anyone who asks for your pen/pencil ‘just for a minute’. AND REMEMEBER, you do not know how to cheat!

  16. You do not turn into a chicken when you get chicken pox. Stop freaking out!

  17. Mommy does not have eyes on the back of her head… Just very good common sense and a killer sixth sense.

  18. You do not grow old by staying in water too long.

  19. The moon does not have a giant bunny living on it. What’s with you and bunnies anyway?

  20. And finally… you do not get pregnant by watching someone kiss on TV!

Sincerely,

Pradita Kapahi

Blog – The Pradita Chronicles

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31 Comments Add yours

  1. Kuljeet Saini says:

    Wow very well written article.. you did all that as a child?? Chomping on fistfull of chillies or turning down lead role in school play.. must say you have had a very adventurous and eventful childhood.. really enjoyed reading about it.

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    1. Thanks a lot Kuljeet. Yes, I did all that. The chilli episode must have been the worst memory of my life. I was in much pain for hours after 😦 Thank for reading and appreciating 🙂

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  2. Reblogged this on The Pradita Chronicles and commented:

    Hello folks,

    This is another contribution to Candles Online. This time it’s about my silly childhood mistakes.

    Do read and let me know about your own mistakes. I’d love to hear all about it.

    Love,

    Pradita

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  3. nathaswami says:

    Advice ok. But certain words/expressions intrigue me.

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    1. Like which one’s Sir?

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      1. nathaswami says:

        Leave them. Its ok now. I got the rest on second reading.

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      2. Oh, okay. Thanks for commenting 🙂

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  4. NGonzalez65 says:

    I could not stop laughing! You had one heck of a childhood. 😂

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    1. 😀😀😀 thanks, though I could have done without a few of those 😁

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  5. No need dwelling on the past come to Jesus , with him “old things are past away all things have become new”

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  6. A delightful read, Pradita, I smiled as I recalled some of the old wive’s tales that were fed to me and some silly things I did too long ago. Enjoy mommy-hood. It goes by in a flash. Hope you’ve had a great week. Love xx

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    1. Selina! Long time! Yes I suppose each one of us must have gone through some silly periods in life. This post was supposed to provoke such memories. Do you have any such silly mistakes to share? Do share, I’m all ears. I did say that even in my reblog of this post. Thanks for stopping by and for the advice on Mommy hood. I’m cherishing each moment of it 😊😊😊

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  7. RAJNANDINI says:

    Nicely written, Pradita! Very interesting 🙂

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    1. Thanks a lot 😊

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  8. pete1990 says:

    Loved all the points, esepcially 6,12 & 15. Very humorous and inventively presented

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    1. Thanks. Glad you like it 😊

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  9. I’m loving your blog so much!! Those were some pretty hilarious childhood episodes! Well we all have our shares 😁 I remember washing my mom’s contact lenses with shampoo. I only had good intentions in mind though lol. ❤❤

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    1. 😂 that brings up a funny visual! Yes,most of us as kids had good intentions behind our doings. But life teaches us better 😊 Thanks for you kind words.

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      1. You are welcome!☺

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      2. ☺️☺️

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  10. yuhublogger says:

    Sounds like a fun childhood! Looks like you were curious about things… And the last point cracked me up! So funny!

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    1. 😀😀😀 fun? Maybe. When I came to realise my mistakes I felt like an idiot mostly. Of course now I can laugh about them but oh god, was I daft sometimes. Thanks for commenting 😊 😊

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      1. yuhublogger says:

        Pleasure.. Well, this that were stupid back then sure do make us laugh now. That’s one good thing about doing stupid things.

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      2. 😁😁 how about you? Care to share something from your childhood?

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      3. yuhublogger says:

        Ha! I’ve got one. I used to be afraid of ghosts, as a child. So I used to hold my mother’s left hand as I slept, not letting her pull away or turn. I think she hardly slept! Poor Ma! It took a really long time for me to stop doing that, she says. Ha Ha!

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      4. Wow, the whole night? Yes,your mother must have had a tough time. But I’m still afraid of ghosts 😂. At least you grew out of it 😊

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      5. yuhublogger says:

        I haven’t really gotten out of it, either. At least I can sleep without bugging my mother! That’s good news in itself 😃.

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      6. Lol! That it is… You’ll do it, eventually. 😊

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      7. yuhublogger says:

        Thanks! Cheers!

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      8. You’re welcome 😊

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