Today, was Sonny boy's close friend's B'day. He stays in our flat and the Mom and I used to compare notes on kicks and bulges and pukes and everything associated with pregnancy, so we're rather close. This time Sonny boy insisted that he wanted to decide on the B'day gift for HIS friend, so we were not able to buy a gift in advance, with the result that this evening, I returned early from office and made a dash to the newly opened neighbourhood store with Sonny boy at 5.30 pm (the party was at 6).
We spent a half hour at the store and chose toys for the B'day boy and the B'day boy's friend, yours truly as well (yeah, the 7 day good behaviour rule got cut down to 3 days). Sonny boy as usual tried to get this and that and that too, but all requests and hopeful looks were to no avail, as Amma said we ONLY had time to get the B'day gifts and nothing else.. Rushing to pay the bill, I spotted a pack of Whisper and since I was running out, and my period was overdue, I pulled in one pack hastily.
Immediately, an offended Sonny boy said loud enough for all the men in the store to hear,
"Amma, why you want that? Keep it back!"
The Amma kept on walking, as if she hadn't heard anything.
Sonny boy, most upset at the different set of rules for mother and son, was determined to make himself heard.
"Amma, you don't want that. Keep it back".
And he took it from the bag and went back to the rack. By now she could feel all eyes on them. It was a new store, and was only just beginning to be patronised and the many young salesmen were most eager to be of assistance.
"Soony boy!" hissed an embarassed Amma. "I want that. Keep it back!"
But Sonny boy was determined to follow it through to the very end. He turned to Amma and asked chidingly, "Amma, are you a baby? Only babies want that. You're not a baby. Keep it back"
I am NOT returning to that shop in a long time.
19 minutes ago