On Wednesday night, RD and I were discussing the possibilities of buying a new cycle for the brat. Her current one has side wheels and she still doesn’t know how to balance a cycle. Unfortunately, this cycle of hers is getting too small for her and RD and I were thinking of getting her a new cycle.
RM: Oye R, Santa Claus will give you X’Mas present as cycle. You can ask him for one.
R looks at me for a second
R: Amma, Santa Claus hota hi nahi hai (Santa doesnt exist)
I almost fall out of my chair and choke on my food
RM: What? who told you that?
R: I know.
RM: But how?
R: A bhaiya told me that (A Bhaiya is in her daycare hmpf!)
RD: Of course he is there, dont you remember seeing him in the mall last year?
R: Oh those are real men and women. They wear the Santa dress and act like Santa.
I didnt know what to say.
RM: Well, who do you think gives gift to children if they behave well?
R: you and I go and buy gifts.
R: Matlab mummy daddy give gift and they say its from Santa Claus. Kuch bhi bolte ho Amma!
And my heart just broke into a million pieces. Already cynical?
And then I read today about Nelson Mandela’s death. I really liked him. He made me feel that Gandhi was a real person who helped us get freedom through non-violence and not some fantasy character. I am really upset about Mandela’s demise for some strange reason 😦
I hope the weekend turns out to be better!