Phew! I did it..yes I did it…I am so so happy about it..
now all I have to do is sit back for the next few days and read all the pending posts on my reader :):)
Thanks all you guys co-BM bloggers, commenters, readers for bearing through my rants and cheat posts :):)
Now I will not bug you guys for a while
And so, since RD left suddenly that Friday, I had to tell R what happened to Chittappa…she didnt seem too affected about it and so we just left it at me telling her that Chittappa thatha has gone to bhagwan and become a star…
Then we went to Calcutta and she saw his photographs etc etc.
I didnt want to hide from R that Chittappa had died and I didnt want to tell her some story about him gone somewhere and will come back. I think its just best to be honest to kids as long as its age appropriate.
Yesterday, she asked me when Appa was coming back. I told her late today night, so she could see him tomorrow.
After five minutes
R: Appa kyun itne din udhar stay karing
RM: Well, because he needed to be there for 13 days..
R: Kyun 13 days
RM: (because I couldnt think of an answer since I have never questioned the 13 days ritual) well, because then after 13 days, CHittappa thatha would become a star
R: it takes 13 days for him to reach the sky
R: Toh woh slowly slowly jaa rahe hain?
R: Toh woh phir star ban jayenge..
R: Woh cloud se bhi upar go karenge?
After a while
R: Amma, woh uss din (10th day) Why H Chittappa threw all the food into the river?
RM: Err…well, so that Thatha could eat it
R: But Amma, woh toh sab kaise dala tha, ekdum mix karke, how can thatha eat like that…and waise bhi river se how he will take?
RM: Well…errr…guess if you die, you can do it.
R: Okay..but woh patram (there was a kalash with a piece of ash from the burnt body I think which my cousin was carrying and praying to) mein kyun thatha hain?
RM: Well, after 13 days it will go up to Thatha
R: Then he will become star
RM: yes he will
R: Phir kabhi vapis nahi ayenge
RM: No beta, once you die, you cant come back
Again after a while
R: Amma, why thatha die ho gaye?
RM: Well R, basically you dont know when you die and why you die..may be God wanted him up there, so he went..and anyways, remember anyone who is born has to die..thats how it works
R: oh okie..toh mein bhi die hoyegi?
RM: Well, it will be a long time afterwards I think, you are still young na
R: Toh main bhi cloud se bhi upar go ho jaungi
RM: yes beta
R: Arey woh to mein aeroplane mein bhi cloud se upar jaa sakti hoon na heheeheh 🙂