Jackfruit season is upon us. Yay. But I had forgotten how the fruit can stink up enclosed spaces. I bought a jackfruit on my way to school to pick up the kid, and left it in the car. In the heat. I couldn’t get back into the car without gagging. It’s going to take a long time for the smell to dissipate.
At school, a random woman I vaguely remember to have seen somewhere walks up to me and says “Hi LG, how are you?”. It’s most embarrassing, isn’t it, when the other person says all kinds of things about you “Do you still live in …., how are A and V, how is your grandmother ? You dad”? etc., and you have no freaking clue who they are? Turns out this woman’s son and my daughter were bosom buddies in kindergarten and thereabouts, but they had to leave for US seven years back, and have just returned home and the boy has rejoined the school in my daughter’s class. Neither my daughter nor I had any recollection of the boy (which makes sense, he would have been a small boy then, and is a pubescent young man now), or the mother, who claims she has visited us so many times to get the kids play together. My memory is like a sieve, I say.
The kid wanted an energy drink for football class today because she was going to play a game with the boys. The last time she played with the boys, she was largely gallivanting along the fringes because the boys were not passing the ball to her (and the other two girls), and I gave her the life-lesson, “If you want to play with the boys, you have to grab or else you WILL be sidelined. And not just in a game”. So today she is all set to kick ball (ahem, pun unintended), which she insists, needs a lot more stamina than kicking with the girls. She has been eyeing the Gatorade on the grocery shelves since yesterday. Today being Sriramanavami and all that, I made Panagam (jaggery mixed with water and spiced with cardamom and dry ginger). The kid would have none of it – who drinks panagam after a football match? she asks. You, my dear child. Some day when you are forty, you will salivate at the thought of cold spicy-sweet panagam on a hot day, after bending it like Beckham in whatever you choose to do in life. I guarantee that.
Back to work now.