Truth be told, there is a Tiger Mom lurking inside me, that manifests now and then, when my children have school deadlines or competitions.
A couple of years ago, my son made it to the finals of a quiz contest. The Tiger Mom in me surfaced as I helped my son prepare. We had lists and sub-lists. During this time, we traveled the world looking at pictures of monuments, memorized dates, learnt about animal record-holders from the biggest eyeball, to the longest tongue to the shortest lifespan.
We developed techniques to remember country flags, and famous personalities. We learnt nursery rhymes and studied picture clues. And finally, finally, I felt my little cub was ready for the contest. Phew!
A couple of days before the contest, when he came back from school, I pestered him with questions about quiz-preparations they had done at school that day.
He briefed me on the topics his team had revised and then asked me, “Do you know what IAS stands for?”
We had not prepared for three letter acronyms. Was this a new topic? My brain was in a whirl, as I wondered what acronyms I could teach him in two days? UN, WHO, UNICEF, IAS (Indian Administrative Service), what else ?
I said to myself, “List time.”
When I looked at my son, he smiled and said, “Don’t worry mom, I know what IAS stands for, it stands for I Am Starving – IAS.”
I laughed at the joke, but more from sheer relief!