Friday, October 17, 2008

Deja Vu

Today I stayed to watch Assembly at school. Across the oceans, across a generation, Assembly is exactly the same here as it was in my school when I was a kid. It's partly exhilarating (as long as the marching music is on and the songs are sung) and partly boring (with the principal's messages to not run in the hallways and the older kids reading essays).

When I went to school, I was the one who always forgot things. I forgot to bring my textbooks, notebooks, homework to school. I forgot to bring my lunch box, water bottle, back home. I was late half the time. Luckily I have a mother who was (and is) very organized and wouldn't forget a thing.

Now that it's my turn to be the cool, calm, collected mother, I'm even more flustered. I forget to send the water bottle one day, the library book the other. The day before, as I walked her to school, I realized that I left her fully-packed backpack at home. And if it's hard being the kid who always forgets things, can you imagine how hard it is to be the mother who has to explain to the teacher that she forgot the whole backpack at home - lunch, absence note, homework, and all?

I am grown up with a child of my own, but talking to a teacher still makes me nervous. Can I say that?


d said...

he he aps - when people around me do that i am quick to judge.
but when you write about it i find it most amusing and 'cute'!!!
also i wonder how it feels to be the child of a mother like that? jus curious. ask summy?

Aparna said...

Go ahead and judge me D -it's not the least bit amusing when it happens :)

It is very embarrassing to be a mother like that, and I suppose it is also embarrassing to be the child of a mother like that.

But as Summy doesn't know yet that there can be better, I don't know if she can tell me what it's like. I'll ask.


passion2sew (Lalli) said...

This is such a cute post. Had a good time reading it.

B o o said...

My soul sistah! I am not forgetful but quite nervous to talk to the teachers. I think my school time has scarred me for life! And I totally envy Class Moms. Can I say that?

g said...


Your posts are simple, candid and straight from the heart. How can anyone help but smile? :)


Aparna said...

Lalli, I hope your trip back was good and your homework was on time :) I am really tempted to try and sew that bag on your site. Really nice!

Boo, I'm glad to have company. You have my permission to say whatever you want :)

g, thank you. That was so nice to read.