Vaibhav had a newly bought pen in his hand. He put it down to take up something else. I asked him "yaako pen na kelaage bisakidhiya" ( why have you thrown pen down). Immediately vaibhav made an angry face and replied "bisakilla.. iitidhini" (not thrown but kept).👌👌👌
But, I do know people around me will say, what is the hurry, why am I burning him out. But, they dont realise that, it is a two way process Karthik should be willing to learn and I should be ready to teach. Only when that happens, we can see results.
I go to dance class, it is great to see Karthik dance, I put the video back at home for them to practise while I either watch or dance along with them.
I have no words to describe but it was just an amazing feeling to see Karthik dance so well and enjoy it. Same, when Vaibhav recites the shlokas. It feels worth every hard work I have put in. It took me a year of googling to find a shloka class and a dance class for them. It is quiet a effort to drive them on roads with one feet deep potholes and heavy traffic, most often I am exhausted by the time I get home. But, when I see them enjoy and perform, it feels worth every effort.
Vaibhav finished his breakfast and came to me asking for my phone. "Amma phone alli phonics song haaku"[Amma, put phonics song on the mobile.]. Karthik was sitting there and having breakfast, he immediatly told "Vaibhav, phonics nood beda amma, ninage school innu illa. Mobile alli games aadu."[Vaibhav, don't see phonice song since your school hasn't yet started, instead play games on the mobile].
The alarm rang at 3 am, I remember touching him to see if he had fever and then I have just fallen back to sleep. At 6 am, Vaibhav started to wriggle in the bed and it made me wake up to realise that he was again running 104. I rushed and administered medicine and began cold treatment again. This time he responded faster and his temperature came down soon.
This continued whole day and night since I was reluctant to administer antibiotics. But when same pattern of high fever I began antibiotics and it worked. It took three sleepless nights for me before he slept peacefully.
The night he slept peacefully, Karthik caught fever. Thankfully, his fever didn't shoot to 104 like Vaibhav's but it was around 101+. Still, administered syrup for high fever and put a cold kerchief on his forehead and stayed up till it was about 11:30 or so. Morning when I woke up he had fever again, so same process repeated and didn't send him to school. Didn't want to give him antibiotics immediately but till night, I saw the same pattern of fever of 100+.
Well, it has been one week since I slept. When I told my boys, looks like I am getting fever, they immediately got hold of the thermometer and a kerchief to start my treatment. :-)
Vaibhav was getting naughty, just to get him settle when I heard a street hawker I told Vaibhav that the man will come and take him away and he is calling for him. Immediatly Vaibhav rose from the floor, ran to the utility and shouted "nana karitha iidhiya, nana karkondu hogthiya, baa baa. Nanu ninage baaithini."[You are calling me, you are coming to take me? come .. come. I will scold you].
At night, if I would tell in a scared voice that cockroach is coming baby Vaibhav and Karthik would sleep off. Now, Vaibhav tells "Cockroach poochnthu"[Cockroach slept off]. And refuses to sleep.
Vaibhav finished his breakfast and came to me asking for my phone. "Amma phone alli phonics song haaku"[Amma, put phonics song on the mobile.]. Karthik was sitting right there and having breakfast, he immediately told "Vaibhav, phonics nood beda, ninage school innu illa. Mobile alli games aadu."[Vaibhav, don't see phonics song since your school hasn't yet started, instead play games on the mobile].
I downloaded a "science experiments for kids" app on to my mobile.The experiments were simple and easy to understand. There was simple experiment where a lit candle is kept on the plate and water is poured around it and later a glass is covered over it. As the candle burns out the water level in the glass rises. This looked simple and I had all the material on hand, so I demoed it to Karthik.
Karthik kind of understood and kind of didn't understand, but I am sure there is something he has already learnt. :-).
They kept talking to each other and it was a perfect teamwork!! It was fun to see them clean their car.
I gave both of them glass of water with spoon. I put one spoon of sugar and asked them to stir and showed how the quantity of sugar kept reducing and it disappear. Karthik was fascinated. I added more sugar to his glass and asked him to do it again. I asked both of them to taste the water and responded that it was sweet now. I explained that sugar dissolved and water became sweet.
I then gave another glass and added one spoon of salt for Karthik to stir. I got Karthik to taste the water. He then responded that it tasted sweet!!! :-).
I finally gave him tea powder and showed that it won't dissolve. But, Karthik insisted that if he stirs it more tea powder will dissolve. he did try for sometime finally he agreed that tea powder doesn't dissolve.
I then put a plastic paper into the cup and showed them that it floats while a small piece of supari sinks.
I really enjoyed doing this with them and so did they.
I plan to show them evaporation and condensation next.
Just few seconds after they left, Priyanka came back crying loudly, with tears rolling down her cheeks and telling "Nanu hogodilla"[I won't go]. I asked her as to what happened.
She replied "Karthik nana kayee hidkontha illa"[Karthik is not holding my hand].
I suggested "Ninu, awa kayee itkondu hoogo"[Hold Grandm's hand].
She refused, saying "Beda, Karthik kayee itkol beeku" [No, Karthik has to hold my hand].
I leaned over the stairs and told Karthik to hold Priya's hand to the shop. Priya then gleemed with joy, wiped her tears and went down. Once, down Karthik again refused to hold her hand. Priya again came back crying loudly, that Karthik is not holding her hand and once, again I asked Karthik to hold Priya's hand. Priya went down and then Karthik came up saying that he doesn't want to hold Priya's hand so he won't go to the shop.
Finally, my mother tired with all this, said I will go to the shop, whoever wants to come can come else stay back. Immediately, Karthik went down, held Priya's hand and went to the shop!!
Well, what I told is about Karthik. Now, Vaibhav. Vaibhav would sit on his knees and bring his face over mine to confirm if I am crying. He would ask, "Aaltha iidhiya"[Are you crying?]. Then will say "Aalbeda antha heelilla?" [I told you not to cry]. He then will say "Mukha oorsthini" [I will wipe your face] and with his little soft hands wipe off tears from both my eyes. He just would repeat this every time.
I was deeply thankful and grateful. Very hard to express what I felt. But, I do want to remember this gesture from Karthik and Vaibhav all my life.
Raj showed a watch in the newspaper and asked Vaibhav "iidhu elli haakolodhu?"[Where do you wear this?]. Immediately without a second thought Vaibhav put his hand on his head and replied "Thale mele"[On the head].
We had been to zoo. There was a monkey (not sure of which type or kind) in a cage. I pointed the moneky to Vaibhav and asked him "Monkey yaar tharah iidhe?"[Whom does he monkey resemble]. He immedialty replied "Appa" !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!. We laughed and laughed and laughed. Vaibhav refused to change his stand on whom the monkey resembles.
I was at mom's house for summer vacation. Raj came there. Kids were super excited to see him after a week. Vaibhav clung to him like a monkey. Raj commented "Idhu Moneky tharah"[This ones is like a monkey]. God knows what Vaibhav understood. Instantly he replied to Raj "Nine Monkey, nine dumma monkey" [You are monkey, you are fat monkey].
At school, they have started teaching him tracing numbers and alphabets. So, my teaching him is getting streamlined and falling into a routine.
I procured sandpaper tracing numbers after some intense search in net. I sit with him everyday with the box of 10 numbers and coax him to trace. It is often met with resistance. I am more keen on pushing him to trace numbers everyday since I saw he wrote mirror numbers if asked to write. Just tracing didn't seem to work. So, I focused on just one number per day. So everyday trace two, write two and overwrite two. Today, he wrote two properly. I was soooooo happy. He wrote 2 properly about ten times and then wrote mirror again. I am happy that his mirror writing is temporary state and I realized we both have long journey of reading, writing and so on.
Both Karthik and Vaibhav were still asleep in the morning and I was in the kitchen. I had cleared Vaibhav's feeding bottles from the bed and put them on the counter in the hall. Vaibhav woke up and began crying for milk. This woke up Karthik too. I hadn't heard Vaibhav's sound. Karthik came out, saw the feeding bottle on the counter, picked it up and gave it to Vaibhav. He then slept next to him comforting him while he had milk.
Maid was feeding him. Since, he has this habit of keeping food in his mouth without chewing she kept on telling him, chew... chew... chew. At one point Karthik got fedup and angrily told her
"Ninu hinge maadre, police station ge kals bidthini" [If you keep doing this, I will send you to police station].
My maid responded "Nanu, Alli hoogi nanu eenu maadli" [What should I do going to police station].
Karthik instantly replied "Nin eenu maad beda alli. Police ee ninage maadthare" [You don't do anything there Police will do to you].
I just couldn't hold myself back for more, I burst out laughing.
I continued, I asked Karthik, "Police een maadthare?" [What will police do?]
He responded "Police hodithare" [Police will beat].