An article on 10 life lessons from Calvin and Hobbes by Katie Kirnan played a mini-flashback for me. It says:
You must make your own rules: Just like Calvin did.
That was possible only when everyone used to accept whatever you wanted to do. Not when you grow up. Try it now and “See the fun”. Those are the exact words used on me and my sister now. You really have to be rebel to pull off something like that.
Embrace your weirdness – That’s easy, I love my weirdness my wackiness. I love laughing on the crappiest of jokes and don’t care what others are thinking. But I am definitely sick of listening to “Please laugh like a lady” from several people.
Perception is reality – Hoo boy that line gives me the jizzy-wizzy, I can think on it for hours.
Boys flirt weird – Oh! They sure do.
For the most part, your parents did their best – They surely did better than their best actually. But there is this one thing I need to keep reminding them , that I am not some stuck up female or a spoilt brat who doesn’t come home on time or drives rashly etc. They forget the awesomeness sometimes, they forget that being clumsy is Okay!
There’s never enough time to do all the nothing you want: SUMMER! – I remember being really tiny but always excited and counting days till summer arrived because it meant that we’ll be visiting my grandparents. Lush gardens, birds and a mini farm to spend my days. Many hours used to just go watching those flowers and vegetables and then eating “Gur/Cheeni Rotis”(Sweet Bread), spending the evenings with my grandfather. It was delightful.
The most important things you learn aren’t from school or from college for that matter – Trust me! They wont teach you how to make friends or how to stand up for the truth or just coping with failure or loss.Which is plain sad. Those are the first things to be taught. One must teach how to bounce back from sadness. It is very important.
Go Outside, sunshine makes us happy! – It used to make people happy earlier not anymore. Nowadays people are scared of getting tanned or going outside in the rain. Kids today are seen with hi-tech gadgets. You don’t see them in the parks or playing in the mud. I used to come home dirty but unsatisfied that I didn’t play enough. Even if we didn’t go outside to play, i’m sure we saw better cartoons than any kid will ever see.
There is treasure everywhere: It’s a magical world – Oh to be young again! I literally dug up the neighbor’s garden to look for the diamonds I had dreamt of.
I remember all sorts of weird things:
I was not allowed to go to the roof. One day I snuck up and I could see the entire playground, the entire colony actually, I loved it.
Taking the Lego blocks everywhere I went and creating a mess, opening the airplane with dad’s screwdriver set “Perks of being an engineers daughter”
Yes we were all weird, we carried that one toy around everywhere and had a mini heart-attack each time we couldn’t find it. I had one that looked exactly like me.
I used to jump and admire the neighbor’s lawn from the boundary wall.
Eating the amazing Panjeeri (made of wheat flour) made by Dadudi (My grandmother), drinking homemade squash and biscuits. She used to make the most amazing frocks for me and matching handbags and hats. Those were the days.
Watering the garden and secretly spraying it on yourself and make it sound like a mistake.
Running around the house with a towel tied around your neck, claiming you are Superman with all the stick – on tattoos from Boomer.
I remember learning to ride the bicycle; I used to keep falling down scraping my knees and elbows. I got fed up falling and didn’t want the training wheels. I twisted them to face upwards. The same night I dreamt the correct method of balancing and pedaling and waking up immediately to rush to my cycle and yes I had finally found the answer! I was so happy that day.
The fact that I’ll never grow up is because I’m stuck in my childhood and I don’t mind at all. Because growing up has a lot of formalities and stress attached to it and I am not and will never be ready to handle it. Also, I find it funny when all my childhood friends pretend to be all sophisticated trying to forget their old crazy self. I’m lucky to have found my best friend (Samidha- Phineas), though pretty late but still early, who is completely like me minus the cricket and fruits of course (Thanks for being there). It is very difficult to find like-minded people these days who are just as crazy as you are.