I am rushing home from the supermarket, my hands loaded with plastic bags. Just as I enter my apartment complex, a school bus drops off a group of kids.
All of them look tired after the long day, as they slowly amble home.
Two boys, probably between 10 and 12 years of age, walk ahead of me.
Can’t help overhearing their conversation.
Boy 1: Come on, say yes. It will be fun.
Boy 2: Hmmm….not sure. Have to think about it.
Boy 1: I think you are very boring.
Boy 2: …..(walks quietly)
Boy 1: You know what? Your brother also feels that you are boring.
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I feel a small frisson of anger.
Boy 2 says: You know what? I think my brother and you are both right. I am a bit of a bore….
Boy 1: (Looks surprised and grins)…You’re cool, man.
I grin and walk home.
Yesterday, I happened to hear a song from a new Bollywood film, and was hooked! I played it repeatedly, and needless to say, the song stayed with me through the day and into the night.
This morning, as my husband sat down to have his breakfast of Lemon Bee hoon, the song lodged itself in my brain again. I told my husband about the song, and played it for him.
Morning craziness being what it is, I soon got busy with my chores and went looking for the ten-odd things that go missing every morning – read socks, notebooks and paper ….sigh!
When I got back to the table, I asked my husband (about the Lemon bee hoon), “Did you like it?’
And he replied, “It’s okay. Nothing great about it.” (about the song).
“Is it really that bad, does it lack salt or should I add more lemon?” I asked, feeling quite deflated.
My husband’s eyes widened in surprise, when he realized that we had been talking about different things.
“Oh…did you ask about the Bee hoon? It’s very good!” he said.
The same song has come roaring back into my head again. This one will play itself out in my head till the next song gets in. And till then, this song will always remind me of Lemon Bee hoon.