How babies come into this World

Rhea is now 20 months old and it has been a long journey. If I were to draw a parallel, it has been like crossing the Niagara Falls on a tight walk rope. That`s why in the last 20 months, while playing with Rhea I have always sat down on the floor.

I still remember that fateful day when my wife asked me to come home early. Like the good husband, I didn`t stop by at my friend`s place for a beer and reached home in time.

“We have been married for two years now.” Rekha said.

“Two years? That`s it? Are you sure?” It did seem like ten years to me.

“We got married on 8th Sept, 2004…remember?” My wife reminded me.

I knew the year of marriage. Being a man, the date didn`t matter. But I nodded.

“Do you think we should expand our family now? I mean…how long will it be just the two of us?” Rekha was closer now. She always did this when she wanted something from me. Especially….money.

I knew what she was saying. When you work 24 hours a day, you need somebody at home…to care for you…to cook & clean for you…somebody who would ask how your day was when you were back from office. I knew what exactly to say.

“Rekha, you are right. Why don`t we call my mother and ask her if she wants to stay with us?” For the first time, my wife had shown some amount of love towards her mother-in-law and I was glad things were working out between them.

“You mother? I wasn`t referring to her. Somebody younger…think hard…” There was a bit of anger in Rekha`s voice.

My brain started processing…somebody younger…that had to be my sister….but then, Rekha isn`t too cool with my sister either…why would she want my sister at home? Perhaps, for all those girl talk that I wasn`t good at. One can never understand women…

“Sure Rekha. If you wish, I can call up Sumathy and ask her if she can come to Chennai and stay with us.” God, my whole family was getting back again….marriage wasn`t the family-breaker that I had started to think it was.

“Sumathy? Why would I want your sister in this house? She is my sister-in-law for God`s sake!”

Having lost the war of wits, I asked my wife up straight: “So, whom do you want to bring home?”

At this my wife let out which till then was the longest sentence she has ever used in front of me: “And I thought I should have attempted something as subtle as that Tea advertisement where the lady model while serving tea for her husband also keeps a small tea cup, depicting a baby…blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah blah …..”

I don`t remember most of the sentence, but I can assure you that it was the longest sentence I had heard from her in two years of marriage. Mind you, the record has since been broken many times over – when it comes to long sentences, she is the pole-vaulter Sergi Bubka!

Anyway, to cut the long story short…Rekha was asking me if we could have a baby.

That`s something that I hate about Rekha. Even when she wanted to buy a TVS Scooty for herself, the first person she wanted to check with was me: “Should, I buy a TVS Scooty?”

Once I agreed, there was another question: “What color do you think I should go for?”

Once I had suggested black, there was the other question: “Should I go for a loan or downright payment?”

This time around, I wasn`t letting this happen…I told her: “Listen Rekha, now that I have agreed we can and should have a baby…I don`t want you to waste your time asking questions…just go out there and get one. Be done with it.”

Rekha had a flustered expression on her face, which I didn`t see when we were discussing her TVS Scooty.

“What happened?” I inquired.

She looked long and hard at me, and I think I detected pity in her eyes and then she said: “Fifteen years from now…your kid will ask you how children come into this World. See if you can figure this thing out by then.”

Before long she was in the kitchen to make the evening tea. Surprisingly, she didn`t keep that subtle β€˜small cup` on the table while serving me the tea.

Here are some photos of Rhea, snapped when she was having the fun of her life in the still uncorrupt environs of Kannur (in Kerala) & Madurai (in Tamil Nadu).


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Post Script:

It has been three years since we had this discussion, and our sweet little daughter Rhea is now 20 months old. Like Elizabeth Stone once said, deciding to have a child is like deciding to let your heart get out of your body & go out walking every day. Considering the import of her statement, wonder if it was Elizabeth Stone or Elizabeth was Stoned?

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13 thoughts on “How babies come into this World

  1. Amazing! The post and the pics πŸ™‚

    Meanwhile this comes to my query . Do women nowaday ask that same question twice or is there a different question or is it silence?

  2. Hi Jammy,
    He he to the reason why you sit down while playing with Rhea.
    Great to see pics of Rhea playing with sand, goats and sitting on tree. Uncorrupt environs indeed.
    And as Elizabeth Stone said, my heart sure goes out (of body and for a walk) to Rhea for having been born as your daughter πŸ™‚
    “when it comes to long sentences, she is the pole-vaulter Sergi Bubka!” – did Bubka use so many long sentences? lol..
    Cheers,
    Salil

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