This is inspired by the post Goofy stuff by Pal. We were a bunch of hyper active, insanely imaginative kids. School for us was tame ….. home was just base – you know to eat, visit the loo, change clothes. Our life was spent in the garage+lawn/the roof/where ever there was scope for “interesting” activities.
- We had many childish demands to make of parents. We had a mango tree in our lawn. My father would point at the tree and say “When that tree starts bearing rupee notes, you’ll get it. One day we dug the entire darn tree … very very deep, in our quest for money. The roots got seriously injured. The poor tree – a horticulturist had to be called to cure it. Oh we did find a stash of marbles underground … wonder who buried that!
- We hated brinjals, and we had a huge crop growing. So one fine night, we raided the kitchen garden, harvested the whole lot and threw it into the pond. We woke up in the morning to find that the whole crop was floating in the pond. Man! The repurcussions were severe! Really 😛
- Mom and aunts went to the market one day and got lots of bottle gourd. Every self respecting brat hates ridge gourd (Torai). So we stole it and dug a deep hole in the ground and buried it. The darn thing grew into hundreds of creepers! We had so many torai to eat …. every darn summer! blech!
- We had an uncle who was a Ben Hur fan, who regularly organized fights between us to “help us get over our sibling fights” and he was a hot favorite. I mean, we were such chamchas – since he was refree and he got to decide who won a particular fight. Once the younger lot (four of us including me) felt that he had treated us unfairly. He used an alum stone as after shave. The stone mysteriously got some salt on it. Ouch! That really must have hurt him when he applied it in the morning.
Shucks I could write a book about stuff we did in childhood …..
May be I will!