Post 6pm, we’re both in the garden enjoying the evening breeze after a hot sunny day.
IMP: Mummy see…pointing towards the sky… Mooon!!
Me: Nahi beta woh moon nahi hai. Those are the clouds (She does not understand the silver lining to a grey coud)
IMP: Nahi mamma, Moon hai. Imp jaati hai?
Me: Nahi beta, Wahan Koi nahi jaata, koi nahi rehta.
IMP: mmm…(thinking in progress) bus hai?
IMP: tractor hai?
IMP: nayi mamma, tractor hai. Imp ko maalum hai, sab maul hai mamma.
Watching songs on my lap, she suddenly exclaims as I change the channel..
“Oh God! No Mama!”
Stunned and shocked mum: Where did you learn that?
Suddenly shy Imp: Bacche Ma!
Sleepy mum to imp: Sleep baby. Mamma ko nini aiye.
Me: fine. then let mumma sleep. you do your puzzles
Imp: No. Uttho Mamma. Ye lo, colouring karo (handing me the crayons and hte coloring book)
Me: No. Imp ne paani nahi pi, mamma imp ki baat nahi sunegi
IMP: hmmm… theek hai…takes a sip from the bottle. Ab bas hai, okie…paani pi..abb uthho aur coloring karo. Imp puzzle karti hai. Theek Hai.
Me: Aur piyo...
IMP: Nahi. Bas Hai
IMP: Imp jaari hai. Imp ko bahar Janna Hai. Tum ninna karo. Ok Mamma. Byeeee
Goes out and wakes up Nana and Nani to open the main door, since mum has refused to!
After breakfast, dad is getting ready to leave for work. Imp scrambles from my lap to wear her sandals.
IMP: Nana… Imp aari hai…I also coming.
Nana: No Beta, you stay here. You have to have your bath.
IMP: Nahi. I also coming. See Imp ready hai. Nai Nai nahi karna.
And is getting ready to go out the door, to wait right next to the car.
Nana: Theek Hai, car me round deke, nai nai karna…ok..phir mamma office leeke aiyagi.
IMP: Nahi. Imp ko office me dosa khana hai. Abhi.
Nana: Lekin aise gandi jaaogi?
IMP: Gandi nahi hai nana! Imp ko jaana hai…please nana..please nana…please… (she does a wonderful lip curl when she is pleading. Will melt the strongest heart!)
As usual Nana melts: Theek Hai. chalo. Paani ki bottle rakho aur bye kardo mummy ko.
And as usual I have no say in this conversation.