In the last 14 months, my baby daughter has taught me many lessons and I have tried to capture them in this blog post. If you have a baby of your own and think I have missed out a good lesson, please let us all know. Chances are I slept through some of the classes.
The crying baby gets the milk
If you want a corner office (Indians should read it as ‘the glass cabin`) or the small laptop that your CEO has, or the US visit that the guy in the next cubicle is going on, ask for it. “Go get it!” as Sachin Tendulkar says in the Visa advertisement. If you don`t ask for what you want…you will never get it. If at all you asked and got it, just make sure the glass cabin has good vastu – else you might end up moving away from your CEO.
When in deep shit, turn to the right person for help
My daughter taught me this valuable lesson when she was just four months old. Though not a good ‘shitter` back then (babies on breast milk don`t shit as much as adults on junk food) Rhea demonstrated that a quick wail in front of the person who had the powers to clean up your shit helped. Even when I stood next to her, she turned towards her mother and started wailing. Needless to say, the diaper would be cleaned right away. The lesson is, if you in trouble (or deep shit, as they say) let the person who could/would help, know.
Don`t walk till you can crawl fast
This is one lesson that I knew but had forgotten in my rush to keep up with the Joneses. Most girl babies start walking when all of 8 months old…but in spite of being 14 months old, my daughter still doesn`t walk on the floor. She waited till she could crawl real fast (her record is: the distance between the sofa and the center table…crossed in 7 seconds). Now that she can crawl fast, she has started to walk on the bed. I am expecting in the next one month, she would start walking on the floor too. Makes immense sense…why would you want to do something that you don`t know how and get hurt?
Eat whatever you can
If you are looking to build your health, you should learn this lesson from my daughter. She eats whatever she can lay her hands on. I know people – and some in my office itself – who crib a lot about food. Like me my baby girl also has no dislikes for Brinjal, Karela etc. What would it take for you to learn this lesson from Rhea? Besides, people who leave go out for lunch because the one being offered in office wasn`t good need to know that ‘tasty food` is a concern only till you have a choice.
Get jealous of YOUR people
My daughter besides getting jealous of her toys (when we have visitors) also gets jealous of her mother and father. I expect her to become a little more giving ‘with her toys` as she grows up but would want her to be jealous about HER people. It shows that she loves us. Don`t believe me? Ask my girl friend from Mumbai, whom I keep doubting under the pretext of jealousy!
This post is a comment exchange between a Ouchmytoe reader called Funky Pants, here. Here are the comments:
Posted by Funky Pants | June 9, 2008, 1:32 pm
It seems to me that you are heavily into stereotypes.
That, men are untidy and women are the cleaners.
That, men generally don`t care if their food touches bottom wipers (toilet paper, I mean).
That, as per stereotypes, men do not indulge in housework.
That, women hit cars from behind.
Dude, let`s not forget that the days that women stayed inside, doing housework is over. And I`m sure you know that very well.
You know, I`ve been following your blog for a long while, even though this is the first time I`m commenting. But seriously, either my taste sucks, or our sense of humour just does not match.
Posted by Jamshed V Rajan | June 9, 2008, 7:01 pm
Funky pants….would be keen to know why you keep coming back if you think our sense of humor doesn`t match? 😉
Posted by Funky Pants | June 11, 2008, 9:33 pm
Right you are man!
Why do I do that?
I don`t know, maybe when I run out of things to read, I read your blog. Or maybe, it`s good for a read because you keep your posts short.
Seriously man, that`s good. Always, always, always keep your blog posts short.
Also, you have a cute daughter!
The first time I came across you blog, you`d written about her and it was a funny read. I come back in hopes of getting another such a read.