Saturday, December 20, 2008

House"Guests"

It's a bit strange to have your parents come to your house to stay. I mean, these are the people from whom you have learnt your definition of home. You have watched them run a house, a kitchen, and you have seen what works (and what doesn't). Then of course you apply it elsewhere with your own 2 cents thrown in and create your ideal home.

Then they arrive, and they're like any other guests you may have at your place. You need to point out the dustbin's location. They ask you which way the bathroom is. You tell them which switch is for the bathroom light and ask whether they need anything else. You explain which cupboard door is a bit loose. Which window doesn't close properly. Where the salt is in the kitchen.

And then of course comes the excitement of showing them a new place which you have discovered independently of them. Where once you saw everything through their eyes, and they kept you safe and cushioned you as you learnt your way around, it's now the other way around. If they go out alone in the neighborhood you give them precise directions for coming back.

And of course if they are coming to Dubai tonight to stay for 9 days, you sit at work and suppress your excitement, blogging to tell the world you are too excited to work while you hide it from your colleagues.

14 comments:

D said...

Your excitement is palpable. Have fun!

Suku said...

hey enjoy their stay and the time with them. its just wonderful to have parents visiting you. my regards to them....

~nm said...

How wonderfully you have written such sweet emotions!


Have loads of fun and let us know hows it going. I'm sure lots of yummy food will be cooked by dear Mumma for dear children!

Tagore Town said...

My God !! I too had been thinking of your excitement and how sick it makes one when you cannot make that thrill ooze oot before others ...keeping calm and waiting for that thrill to take shape is the best..you have written perfectly about the feelings one goes through..my d'ters get to wet eyes in this process of role changing--when they become the teachers and we the learners...wonderfully expressed.

dipali said...

Just lovely! Hope they have a wonderful stay:)

Reflections said...

"Mama is going to be so surprised when she tastes my Prawns Biriyani"
"I'll take Papa to Jumbo's & get him tht gadget"
"We'll do Barbecue next friday at Creek Park before it gets colder"
.....
and so on....
...went thru this fever 8 months back:-D.

Thinking Cramps said...

Hey everyone - yeah, these feelings are universal I see. I was worrying I had jinxed it by blogging about it, because we had a scare that they were missing their connecting flight due to a delay in the first leg. But, all's well and much fun is being had!

Chan didi: You are so right. I read out your comment to Ma and Baba. And also all your blog posts to Ma!

A Muser said...

That's so true! It's so surreal, really. I felt like I had in some way transcended a line and finally become a grown-up, a peer...

OrangeJammies said...

Enjoy your family time, girl! And when you have a moment, head over to my blog to pick up your award. :0)

eve's lungs said...

Had a good time ? :)

Thinking Cramps said...

A Muser: Sorry, didn't reply sooner. I totally know what you mean.

OJ: I now need to blow my own trumpet by blogging about that award. Thanks!

Eve's Lungs: Oh, don't even ask. It was so much fun. And I ate so much good stuff. And there's still lots left in the fridge :) But I said goodbye to them just 45 minutes ago :(

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Aunty G said...

From the parents' point of view
There's really no issue
Their hearts swell with pride
How mature their little bride
And how beautiful their new venue!

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