This is another edition of the life and times with the younger son. Never a dull moment when he is around. So the other day, we went shopping for jeans. He needed some and I am always game for some. So first we went to buy him jeans. Now have you noticed that the fit in jeans are getting clingy and clingier by the day? So much so that regular fit is almost out and slim fit seems to be the starting point of fit these days. No wonder I see so many belonging in Asterix comics walking on the road – twiggy legs tightly encased in denim valiantly holding on to a generous midsection that threatens to fall all over the place. It doesn’t look comfortable at all. But what can they do if no comfortable fits are on offer?
So anyhow, the son having a grand total of 3 colour choices, it was quite a breeze to shop for him. Once done, I was looking around when he pointed the ladies section of jeans to me. There words like Skinny, super skinny and pencil fit jumped at us. He was quite bemused. What could pencil fit mean? Do they fit a pencil in the jeans? The elder son and I tried our best to explain. He was flabbergasted. Why would someone wear jeans that are so tight?f How will you sit, he was worried? Son, you know nothing about women’s fashion. The more they punish themselves, the more aesthetic and stylish they feel. He kept shaking his head. Well then we went over to Levi’s which is the only brand I buy for jeans. And well, I bought a super skinny one and left. I dropped a size which I felt mighty pleased about. Or it could be that the denim is super stretch and fools you. Who cares? The jeans felt quite comfortable. 🙂
So then I was helping him study for his first unit test. I have seen a marked change in how he studies now. He can sit in a room and not fidget or waste time. Then he asks me to revise and boy, he has studied. As he inches closer to his 10th birthday, is this the mature lining in the mischievous cloud that I had been waiting for? Too early to tell. But I am pleased. So we broke our heads over archipelago and constellation spellings. Of course, Hindi is another story. Tyag, sadbhav, ahimsa, sneh – who speaks these words he asked me as I stifled a giggle. Then he has got Science as a subject for the first time. I was impressed with the digestive system that they learnt about. He struggled a lot with oesophagus. Can I just call it food pipe? If you forget, sure, I told him.
The diagram was super cute too as he made these gooey intestines. He got so carried away with the intestines that the stomach and liver were pushed to the chest cavity. 🙂 Oh and did I tell you that he has maps this year so after learning latitude and longitude, he moved on to Indian states and capitals. Of course, he was struggling with the lesser known names. At least he could mark all of India’s neighbours on the map correctly. While marking The Great Indian Planes, he took his own child license to stretch them into Rajasthan.
The best part is when he comes home after the test. How was the test, I ask? Piece of cake, he always says with a beaming smile. Though he griped that he spent so much time learning the right spelling of archipelago and it wasn’t even asked. Oh and this is the first year when they will know their marks even though their report cards will still only reveal grades. Let’s see what new complications this introduces.
So, that’s all in this edition of younger son’s chronicles.
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