Remember the quote in Friends when Rachel says, "Oh my God. I've become my father. I've been trying so hard not to become my mother, I didn't see this coming”? Its almost the same case for me. I was trying so hard not to become like my dad that I have become a deadly combo of both my mom and dad. Yesterday for the first time I called Ashu as Antu and she gave me a stern warning. "I'm not Antu, Amma. Don't call me Antu." Oh, man! Why am I having a Deja Vu?
Other things I say which I ve invountarily borrowed from my mom -
~ "I have only two hands. Cant you see?"
~ "I'm a human being, not a machine".(Funny when you say it in Tamil, manushi and machine rhyme!)
~ "If you can't help, at least don't trouble me". (ubayogamaa illennaalum, ubathravamaa illaama iru!)
~ "Kadangaari!" (literally means someone who owes you money. But its a common term to scold a child in Tamil.)
~ "If you keep doing like this, I ll just leave ok?" (Leave from the world actually but I keep that part open ended!!)
~ "What gall! Have nt sprouted three leaves and you talk this much?" (enna thimuru! mulaichu moonu ilai vidalai, enna pechu pesara?)
~ "If you talk like this, I ll leave once for all!" (and then mutter to myself because I cant bring myself to tell her yet - "afterwards you can cry Amma, Amma but I wont be there!") I know, I know! I'm a meanie!
~ "There are kids who are going hungry every day. Eat your food and don't waste it."
~ Rendum rendaappa, rendum keyandaappa! (Im baffled here for the translation. Literally means, "I ve two ladles and both of them are useless" and here the two ladles refer to Ashu & Antu!)
The most annoying thing my dad said which I'm repeating now:
"Ashu, everything has a lifetime. That zipper in the bag can be pulled up and down only like 100 times. If you unnecessarily keep doing it, it will stop working soon."
Replace zipper with light switch/TV remote/ballpoint pen/drawers/doors/windows/curtains/clips/fan/buttons,... and I use the same dialogue for everything!
*bangs head against the wall and then realizes that that's something her mom did too*
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