Wednesday, February 18, 2009

What are little boys made of?

Do you agree with,

"What are little boys made of?
Snips and snails, and puppy-dogs' tails,
That's what little boys are made of.
What are little girls made of?
Sugar and spice, and everything nice,
That's what little girls are made of."

Not sugar and spice and all that is nice?

What are little boys made up of?

Of two year olds running after a football …

Of balancing on a moving tricycle at three

(And three stitches to remember that ...)

Of washing a remote controlled car ...

Of emptying bottles of oil on skinny arms,

Of three dedicated push ups

And then another irresistible peek to check them (missing) bulging muscles

Of talcum powder on the floor

Of shirt unbuttoned like Shah Rukh Khan

Neckties without a shirt

Daddy’s leather belts worn on PJs

Of wardrobes emptied on the floor ...

(and once hid an egg there in the hope that it will hatch)

Of a passion for gum boots,

With daddy’s socks

Of towels and dupatttas used as Superman’s cape

Of underwear worn on top of jeans

And of being allowed to go out to play like that ...

Of letters to Santa and tooth fairies

Of jumping in the sea like 'Bay Watch’ because Mamma thought she was drowning

Of missing the sound of Daddy clearing his throat ...

Of West Life and Bryan

Of hours spent in front of the mirror to look like Bryan

Of Bryan’s hair style

Of favorite lyrics and Pokémon cartoons

In the last pages of all school notebooks

Of music classes bunked to play football

Of thinking they can drive at three

Of wanting to be daddy when they grow up

Of wanting to be rock stars tomorrow

Of wanting to be footballers today …

Of avoiding running over frogs and snails ...
while cycling full speed
Of whooping and rolling on the floor
to the tune of
Of a puppy dogs wagging tail
Isn't that what little boys are made up of ...

49 comments:

Surbhi said...

Awww... Cho chweet. I can remember my kid bro doing almost all of this, and me bossing around and complaining to Dad about him. Mom ignored these silly complaints, but Dad always told me how intelligent I was and how must I teach li'l bro to be equally intelligent. Today, if bro (who'll be 21 soon) wants something, he has to ask me to ask Dad. LOL...
And yeah, he is a footballer today, and captain of his college team, too!

@lankr1ta said...

I always wanted to be made of puppy dog tails- I mean how much cuter can you get?

Braja said...

Dupattas used as Superman's cape...love it :)

Monika,Ansh said...

lovely

DeeplyDip said...

lol....this sounds like a roller coaster ride! don't have kids yet but i am beginning to see what it means :)

Solilo said...

Awww..cho chweet. Hugsy to little boys.

My brother used to repair all the toy cars he had even when they were in good condition. He just wanted to know what was inside it. Then he started repairing in good shape alarm clocks, Goodknight mosquito coil. His cuteness was that he would do all this and keep it just as it is so always got caught:)):))

Ajit said...

:) LOL.... well, you just made me remember my childhood... :)

Iya said...

so cute, no experience.. no son no bro..but sounds so tru...

Varunavi said...

Lol my daughter uses my dupatta to tie around her neck and jumps from the bed.maybe superwomen
My sister son repairs new toys and tells me to hide it from his mom.

Indian Home Maker said...

@All

Boys love to copy dads...
Little girls do a lot of this also :)

Pixie said...

LOL!!

Such a cute post.. brought back memories of our childhood! :D

Rhett said...

Of towels and dupatttas used as Superman’s cape
o yeah!
And Bryan Adams and Westlife was spot on too.
So was football. Have grown out of Bryan Adams and Westlife now, though.

Goofy Mumma said...

Oh wow! sounds like so much fun re. Waiting to have all that happening with the BB. :)

Rakesh said...

That was nostalgic actually. These days, boys are of a lot of other stuff as well - videogames, high scores, laptops, ipods, fast food etc. etc.

Good ol' days

hitch writer said...

Lol... that is very lovely....

to add to that ....

Of wrestling in the bed,
Of having tetanus injections for busted knees,

... lol

Nautankey said...

Lovely, kinda reminded the seven stages of life by shakespear and my nephew who is doing most if not all of these activities :)

Chirag said...

He he he ya, My mom had a really hard time, she wanted two special girls. What she got was two goonda's as sons'. We'll I was the quite one but internally naughty, my brother was ha ha ha don't get me started. I saw the pattern you described above. I used to steal my father's clothes and now my brother steals mine. But we have a great time together. Once we played starting two day's Quake.

Surbhi said...

More! More! One on li'l girlies. Wanna get nostalgic.

Indyeah said...

But IHM!thats me too!and my brothers...:)I did all of this with dad...I was the first and so evry footballing trick was taught to me..:D..a tomboy was born..:)I was the budding mechanic too alongwith Brother A.:)
talcum powder on the floor ?:)all three of us!!Slipping and sliding to glory!:Daww... this is so cute...made me so nostalgic...((warm warm hugs))for such a cute heartwarming post...I wanted to be like dad and ma both...:)

Indyeah said...

IHM!this both my bro and me!:)being the first born footballing tricks were taught to me by dad...I was also the mecahnic to be alongwith bro dearest...spilled engine oil...was a complete lutz...and loved every bit of it...a tomboy that dad and ma made..:)I wanted to be like them when I grew up:)

((warm warm hugs ))for such a cute post which made me all nostalgic..:)



PS:-posting this gain dont know if the earlier one got through:)

writerzblock said...

Aww...so sweet! And I'm so glad to see a 'happy post' from you :-)
Cheers!

Sashu... said...

awww...so sweet!! lovely post :) darn, i hv alwz missed havin a bro...(thou mah mom says i never gave her the chance to miss a son!)

sigh, maybe a son, someday :P :D :P

Mama - Mia said...

:)

can i read this to Cubby?

totally sweet! :)

cheers!

abha

Monika said...

awww i loved it, imagined Ojas doing all of this and standing on the tricycle we have already seen :)

vishesh said...

:)

Balvinder Singh said...

Wow, what a description of a growing up brat. Certainly your post reminded me of my growing up sons when they were small. And some of these tricks they try even today well past their teenage. Wonderful post.

Biju Mathews said...

Ha Ha. This was good. You missed nothing!! You did not even miss, "Of towels and dupatttas used as Superman’s cape" and "..Of washing a remote controlled car ..." :-)

Keep Blogging!!

Reema said...

sweet!

my space said...

this is cute..my son did these things too...still does some..sp the cape..do u know we got a kind of graduation robe stitched for him(when they went from sr.kg to gr 1 they graduated) and he still plays with it--after almost 10 years..superman u see!!
And I remember he would wear a white pillow cover on his head(he LOVED being a nurse) and gave me injections!!

Sandhya said...

awwww, now why do I have only a girl? hmm.

Mamma mia! Me a mamma? said...

Oh yes. Oh so, SOOOOOOO yes! YES, absolutely YES!!

Thanks for writing this!

vimmuuu said...

Did you write this or is this a creation of your kids?? Very sweeeet !!!

Mavin said...

Sorry no experience!!

But my little tomboy (not little anymore) is more than all you have written. Hail Girlpower.

churningthewordmill.wordpress.com said...

lovely, lovely post! :D

Charakan said...

Sweet post. As some one commented it is more computer and video games now.He always likes a good pillow fight and wrestling in bed.Trying to get him interested in Football so that I will get company to watch the match on TV.

Angel's Flight said...

Awww Cho chweet

How do we know said...

i have a little boy.. and i have to thank you for this post... i loved every word on it.

Indian Home Maker said...

@Surbhi Most dads favour little daughters, not fair!

@Alankrita Love puppy dogs tails :)

@Braja Many little ones do that, we made saris with dupattas :)

Monika.Ansh :)

@Deeply Deep Read hitchwriters comment, it's much worse actually ;))

@Solilo Like my son, whatever he does he gets caught :)

@Ajit I thought you were a good boy as a kid!!

@Iya Oh they are all the same, you think my daughter was any easier ...!!

@Varunavi They are smart kids! And please put up little superwoman's pics :)))

@Pixie :)

@Rhett This is Bryan from Westlife, I thought they all looked the same ... but the kids thought Bryan was the cutest :)

@Goofy Mamma Stitches and tetanus shots lol .. they were an exhausting job :)

@Rakesh this is between 2 to 11 years, they were allowed very limited time on the Comp, and no play station, very limited TV too ... I was worried they won't get enough exercise (like their mother) ... even now my son's mouse and keyboard are locked in my wardrobe for one week ... another year and they will be on their own I guess, and by then hopefully have got used to physically active life style...!! I-Pods are fine though ...
See how women like to talk about their kids!

Indian Home Maker said...

@hitchwriter Of wrestling in the bed,
Of having tetanus injections for busted knees
LOL Yes how did I miss these ... these were such a part of our lives!

@Nautankey That means your nephew is one goonda kid :)

@Chirag LOL @ two goonda sons :)))
And being the naughty inside but looking quiet one ... I can imagine that :))

@Surbhi Awwww ... Okay yes a good idea, little girls next!!

@Indyeah Leo girls are born mechanics!! And you played foot ball! I did too, but I was just an extra player, no good at the game :)
I have see this apply to my sister too ....(another Leo by the way)

@Writerzblock :) Me feeling happy too!

@Sashu - My sister and in many ways my daughter both can be described with the same words ....

@Abha Awww please read it to Cubby .. :) Give him a hug too!

@Monika Aren't they such devils!!? :))

@Balvinder Singh Thank You :) Oh Yes this son of mine is still the same in many ways !

@Biju Mathews He ruined that car! (amongst many other things)
And I missed how he washed my contact lenses !!!

@Reema :)

@my space Awww they love that the best! And people think it's only little girls who love dressing up! And I also let him come anywhere with us in his dupatta capes ...

@Sandhya :) LOL I am a sucker for little girls actually :)

@Mamma mia! Me a mamma Thank You for appreciating it :))

@Vimmuuu LOL I Wrote this, the kids would have talked ... wonder what they would describe their childhood as!

@Mavin I too have a sister who fits this description perfectly :) And my dad was really proud of her, I can see dads love little (not so little now) tomboys :)

@Mandira :) Glad you like it ...

@Charakan "Trying to get him interested in Football so that I will get company to watch the match on TV." Boys really love to spend time with and be like dads - it's amazing how much it matters to them!

@Angel's flight :)

@How do we know Awww thank you I am so glad you liked it ....

homecooked said...

This is so sweet. I hope your son gave you a huge hug after reading such a cute mushy post(unless he is at an age where everything parents do is embarassing :))

J P Joshi said...

Enjoyed reading this list. Our elder is a daughter, and she was just too good, and then this hurricane came into our life and things were never the same. He did most of the above, in addition to lifting our Lhasa Apso by his tail, riding his tricycle all over him and jumping off the sofa with a serving spoon fashioned as a 'gada' and yelling 'Jai Shri Ram' (those were Ramayan days on TV). My peak cap was always on his head, when he could lay his hands on it and then wrestling with me on the bed, calling out, 'mujh se fighting karega' and yes the pushups....wow..memories come flooding back. Thank you IHM.

aneri_masi said...

LOVED this post, IHM. So sweet and simple and uncomplicated and NICE!

Usha Pisharody said...

Of wanting to be rock stars tomorrow

Of wanting to be footballers today …
Of avoiding running over frogs and snails ...
while cycling full speed
Of whooping and rolling on the floor
to the tune of
Of a puppy dogs wagging tail
Isn't that what little boys are made up of ...

Yes yes yes.. to all that you have written and more... :)

Loved this one so so so much!

N said...

this is such a chweeeeet post :)....
"of hiding an egg hoping it will hatch" haha... did your sonny boy actually do that, it was so damn sweeet :)

Indian Home Maker said...

@N Oh yes he did, and we came back late from a party I was putting them to bed, picked a t shirt and what fell on the floor, and crashed and what stink ... it had been there sometime :)

@Usha Pisharody Our cat (all our cats in fact) officially belong to him) ... When our dachchund was in his last stages of cancer, he would come and ask me,"Are you feeling sad?", And once I said,
"No, I think I am prepared for it."
He burst into tears saying "But I am feeling sad. I don't him to die..." (He was seven then). He is the deep, deep one in the family.

@Aneri Maaasi Thank You :)

@J P Joshi :) Oh yes!!! Peak caps! I have my son's photos in just a peak cap and boots ... but he will not permit me to publish such pics!! Their passion for daddy's uniforms is phenomenal!!

@Homecooked He does show affection, but in more subtle ways ... he is sensitive, but he's also devilish...

Chikki said...

hahaha....Sooo cute..

I miss my childhood so much..I wish I had a time machine to go back in time..:-)..!!

N said...

IHM.. am still smiling at his cute innocence :)

Siddharth said...

Beautifully written...

Indian Home Maker said...

@Chikki Awww but every age has it's own charm:)

@N I am delighted that it made you smile :))

@Siddharth Thank You!
... glad you think so :)