Last night, Lil D suddenly remembered that she had not one, not two, but FOUR drawings to prepare for the next day at school. She began colouring frantically.
“You had so much time in the evening, Lil D,” I remarked to her. “If you had just remembered, then you could have done your drawings aaraam se.”
“I forgot, Mamma.” Her voice took on a whining tone.
“Why don’t you write it down in your calendar? Or maybe write it on a piece of paper and put it in your calendar so that you don’t forget?”
She just concentrated on her work. After a few minutes, she asked me, “Mamma, did you polish my white shoes?”
“Oh I forgot, baby.” I replied.
“See, sometimes people forget. You forgot to polish my shoes, and I forgot to do my drawings.”
“You’re right.” I conceded. Sometimes people forget! 🙂
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A lady with a dog stood near the bench where Lil D’s friend waited for her. Lil D is kind of scared of dogs; sometimes she will pet them, but sometimes she gets all flustered. So she just waited for the lady and dog to go away.
Another girl who was playing with the dog noticed this. She urged Lil D to come closer and play. Finally the lady got the hint and moved on with dog in tow.
“Why are you so scared?” The girl asked Lil D. “You don’t have to be so scared. The dog won’t do anything.”
Something snapped in Lil D, and she turned to the the girl, furious.
“Sometimes, people can also get scared of dogs, OK. Some people get scared, and some people are not scared. It’s not nice to comment like that on other people.” She stalked off in high dudgeon, leaving the girl rather astonished at the sudden assault.
Lil D’s friend jumped to Lil D’s defence, in rather hilarious fashion.
She turned to the girl and said, “So, if you know everything, can you tell me the spelling of ice-cream?”
The girl conceded defeat.
“See, you don’t know Everything.” Lil D’s friend sternly admonished the girl before letting her slink away.
I watched the entire exchange from the sidelines. I am still wondering what lesson I should learn from this.