Father’s day weekend dawned a few hours ago and I’ve woken up quite early* at 8 AM to the sounds of favorite music- the sound of falling water, the chill monsoon air, the aroma of wet soil, hot tea and my mom’s version of the holy Suprabhadham which she spiritually sings to me daily that goes like “Yezhunthircha udane laptop-a”. **
Third Sunday of June is here, father’s day! While we don’t really observe father’s day as an occasion in this part of the world, I still feel occasional about it!
“One father is more than a hundred schoolmasters” like George Herbert said, pretty much sums it up. None of us could ever begin and end about how much we’ve learned from our dads.
Everyone looks up to their parents and the dad is the hero. He’s done many great things that we always admire and look up to him. Like mine too.
But these are a couple of the funny, exceptional things about my dad that make him the unique daddy he is-
1) Told me a million times about “How you were born”: Even recently when my 19th*** birthday happened, he Gmail-ed a sweet happy birthday mail about how I was born, again and about how he can’t believe years have flown by and about how I still seem like the tiny 2.75kg**** baby I was then.
2) Remodeling the house- Appa is always doing something to keep himself busy. Even on a weekend, he’d rather be doing something manual than sit in front of the screen- From simply fixing up the wiring to re-arranging the furniture. Very often, I used to come back from school and find myself in a completely different looking house.
3) Best Reverse parking- Oh, among all the big things I’ve admired about him from childhood, this one stands out. His perfect, reverse parking without changing gears once. His style of driving in general.
4) Dosa Master- Appa’s the dosa specialist. One way to make us eat more, was offering to make us his crispy restaurant style dosas. A good cook in general.
5) Early bird- Even when the house with buzzing with relatives playing games up to dawn and they would just slept, dad’s always the early to bed and early to rise type. At home, he’ll usually check us to bed by 10 pm (which also means the WIFI router and TV gets switched off as a signal that it’s bed time. Sad face). Each time, he wakes up, he’ll pop in and check on us, whether we’re sleeping, sometimes just silently sits by while we pretend to sleep: P
6) Most frequently uttered word- “ Shanthiiiiiiiiiiiii!” That’s how his nick for Amma!Quoting Theodore Hesburgh “The most important thing a father can do for his children is to love their mother”
7) Most frequently uttered words to me – Sari sari padi.(Ok, ok, study) It comes out of habit. Sometimes by mistake even when putting us to bed, he’d talk for sometime and when the conversation is going nowhere, he’d say Sari sari padi instead of sari sari thoongu (Ok, ok,sleep)!
8 ) Shopping Enthusiast- Erm, not for himself but for us. Need two girl babies ask for more? From going up and down a dozen shops, to helping us chose what dress, what jewelry to buy, to stocking up the fridge with chocolates and cakes when I go home, dad is a shopping enthusiastic. In fact, there are times when he gets all depressed when we’re lazy to go out. Eating out is his most common, favorite family activity. It’s also the white flag to all disputes. Accepting to eat out is like making peace.
9) When’s he angry, its most at himself and at us, it would melt with a tear.**** Despite all the crazy stuff we’ve done, he still loves us.
I must quote these four lines from my favorite poem of Vikram Seth’s in A Suitable Boy –
“To these I owe a debt past telling:
My several muses harsh & kind;
My folks, who stood my sulks & yelling,
And (in the long run) did not mind;”
10) And a million other, personal reasons that make him the unique daddy that he is !
Though Appa doesn’t read much, read blogs for the most part , and mine, particularly; in this tiny corner of the world wide web that is mine, we thank you Pa for being the awesome dad you are- Bhagi and Kar.
** Laptop first thing the morning?
***OK. I lied. 20.
****Sighs. Ipdi iruntha naan, ipdi agiten 😦
*****My sister has really mastered that trick!