Fame & September

16 Sep

To borrow from the Peanuts, it was a dark and stormy night.  In the wee hours of September 16, 1983, a little girl woke up to find her mother gone. Strangely, so were the sheets. She peered over the edge of the bed to see the comforting, omnipresent and prone figure of her beloved Sharda, maid and minder since she was a mere three months. All the while, the rain clattered down, as if making up for her missing parents with its cacophony.

The little girl smiled. “I’m getting a brother,” she reminded herself, well-prepared parrot that she was. And snuggled back under the covers to dream of all the things she would do for the New Baby.

He arrived at 12.14 p.m. Red, hairy and monkey-like. (She would later learn that her mother had wept in horror at the sight of her ugly second-born.) She took a bunch of roses to the hospital. It was love at first sight. And she became the most willing mommy-in-training there ever was, naming him, rocking him and holding the edge of his soiled cloth diapers.

Don’t bother telling him this, though. He’ll only smirk. And turn back to the monitor and tune you out.

Happy birthday, you 6’1” punk. Remember you once relied on me to ring the doorbell.

20 Responses to “Fame & September”

  1. Shilpa September 16, 2010 at 1:51 am #

    Happy birthday to the ‘baby’ brother!

  2. sukanya September 16, 2010 at 1:54 am #

    happy burdae to your little brother???

  3. M..... September 16, 2010 at 2:50 am #

    Yes Yes we second born people are special, brought in the world to make the older siblings smarter 😀

  4. M..... September 16, 2010 at 2:51 am #

    Oh and Happy Happy Birthday to the six footer 🙂

  5. smartassbride September 16, 2010 at 12:05 pm #

    happy b’day to him!

    i have a 6’1” bio-hazard for a brother too, i can so sympathize, i mean, relate to you 🙂

  6. Tamanna September 16, 2010 at 2:22 pm #

    Awww! This is so cute! I can say all this and more for my baby sis – the punk 5’1”.. LOL!

    Happy birthday, lil brother. Forget the monitor for a bit 😉

  7. Sa'ad Abbasi September 16, 2010 at 3:21 pm #

    What else can be done with sis who insists on wearing orange jammies! But to politely tune out:)

  8. Sa'ad Abbasi September 16, 2010 at 3:22 pm #

    Comment awaiting moderation!? Oh thats insulting! 🙂

  9. Aunty G September 16, 2010 at 3:23 pm #

    🙂 HB to him!

  10. Nino's Mum September 16, 2010 at 4:26 pm #

    heartwarmer 🙂 happy b’day to the bhai.

  11. Pallavi September 16, 2010 at 5:53 pm #

    Awwwww, cho chweet. In my case, it’s me who tunes out the cousins (only-child-what-to-do). Except when I want them to run errands for me 😉

  12. Orange Jammies September 17, 2010 at 10:14 pm #

    Shilpa, sukanya, Aunty G & Nino’s Mum: Thank you. 🙂

    M…: Bah. You don’t want to know what I think of second-borns. Brats! Bah. 😡 (The only exception is Aunty G’s son, who is an absolute doll.)

    smartassbride: lol @ bio-hazard!

    Tamanna: We wish, girl. 🙂

    Sa’ad: Only for you, Mr. Abbasi. This is one wise blog. 😛

    Pallavi: You meanie you! 😯

  13. M..... September 18, 2010 at 10:00 pm #

    Well in our defense, we are brats since you let us be brats, so you see it really is all you elder siblings fault 😀

  14. the mad momma September 18, 2010 at 11:06 pm #

    yeah well he more than makes up for being monkey like (we have only your word for that although i could check with aunty) – by being rather cute now.

  15. Orange Jammies September 19, 2010 at 12:28 am #

    M…: Spoken like a true second-born! 🙄

    the mad momma: *Sniff* Oh well, if you don’t trust me, then you’ll just have to come see for yourself. Tomorrow afternoon work for you?

  16. Sa'ad Abbasi September 20, 2010 at 12:22 pm #

    Guess you never heard of “freedom of expression”:)

  17. Orange Jammies September 20, 2010 at 12:34 pm #

    Sa’ad Abbasi: Never. What is that curious thing? I wonder how your comment got published here. Must be magic!

  18. Sunshine September 20, 2010 at 2:09 pm #

    happy bday to the 6’1” punk…!! 🙂

    i often wonder if id be blubbering over each of the baby brother’s bdays even 5 years from now….you answered that question for me! i guess baby brothers never grow up huh? 🙂

  19. Orange Jammies September 20, 2010 at 10:33 pm #

    Sunshine: Unfortunately not!


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