Tuesday, February 07, 2006

You made my day

To the kid who SO made my day...........

Sometime last evening on reaching home after a long day at work.

The front doorbell rings and I go to check who it is.

Boy (in his teens) selling charity tickets for wheelchair bound neighborhood kids: Could you get me either of your parents to talk to?

Me standing there a little taken aback, thinking....my parents?....O my God he thinks I'm underage and he needs to talk to an adult....O MY GOD he thinks I'm UNDERAGE......O MY GOD......I can still pull it off.....I still look young......My God I look like a teenager......O MY GOD!!!!!

Okay that entire piece of conversation was in my head and took a fraction of a second.

Me giving my bestest and friendliest smile: I don't have my parents here. You can talk to me. I live here.

Boy a little taken aback and totally embarrassed: I'm sorry. You look so young!

Me dancing around (in my head ofcourse) with joy: No problem. What can I do for you?

I still can't stop smiling.

I feel good.

Kid, you made my day!



Blogger A.G.Sudarshan said...

:-| ... :) ... :))

9:55 AM  
Blogger observateur_silencieux said...

:) hahaha...

I wish someone told me that... it usually is this way for me.. my mom and i walking down the street and someone comes and tells me .. I didnt know you had an elder sister?

DUH... how abt she being my mom?? HAHAHAHHA

10:40 AM  
Blogger J. Alfred Prufrock said...

I spent the first 30 years of my life trying to convince people I was older.

Now I'm not so sure that was a good idea.


12:11 PM  
Blogger Intern said...

That was sweet

12:33 PM  
Blogger Kumari said...

Wow! Now why don't kids in my neighbourhood who drop in to sell so many other things, ever ask for my parents????

Damn! Some girls have all theluck :D

1:09 PM  
Blogger True Blue Guy said...

Nice - When i was in my teens I tried to look older so bouncers at pubs and clubs would let me in :-)

How things change huh ? - cheers

1:21 PM  
Blogger Ghetufool said...

may be the kid was drunk. afterall he had all that money in his pocket. you should never trust a teenager who collects money for a 'noble cause'. i have done such noble things all of my life!

1:52 PM  
Blogger M (tread softly upon) said...

@ a.g. sudarshan yes I feel like that!
@ mieasha must make your mom feel good. Hey, thanks for stopping by.
@ JAP good to see you back. And yes isn't it ironic how at one age you try so hard to look older and be taken seriously and then you get to an age when you jump up with joy when someone thinks you to be younger? Life's little ironies!
@ intern thanks and nice to see you here.
@ kumari :)))
@ true blue guy I know what you mean. I pretended to be 18 once while we were dining in a club that we later found out was open only to adults. I was only 13 at that time. And considering that I've always looked younger than I actually am I don't think we fooled anyone. But they let us go since we were halfway through the meal!
@ ghetufool I really liked your reasoning. But we do have these neighborhood kids doing so called "noble" things. The collections are all supervised and accounted for. But true....he could have been drunk for all I know. But please let me enjoy this moment by believing that he was in earnest?

2:57 PM  
Blogger DD said...

he he. nice post. direct dil se type feel.

4:51 PM  
Blogger Dreamcatcher said...

Hi M,
thanks for the mail you wrote btw. And it must be a on top of the world feeling! I dont like people thinking I am 17 now but maybe I 'll love it when I am older :)
Very sweet post.

12:25 AM  
Blogger Priya said...

Twiddle dee twiddle dum, I have company in you again! People have a problem believing I'm married, first of all, then their jaws drop when I tell them I have a nearly three-year old kid!!
I say, might as well enjoy the compliments while they keep flowing in;-) Ki bolish?

12:32 AM  
Blogger Sanity Starved said...

:D That was fun to read!

12:51 AM  
Blogger babelfish said...

awww m...that was so cute *dances little mental jig for you*

1:10 AM  
Blogger Ashmi said...

wow!that's great feeling, i guess....i can associate with it...coz i'm too often mistaken to be a teenager;-)....so stay young at heart, meaning the way you are...coz that's what reflects on your face....and yes,wish the kid knew he made your day, he could have asked for more of donation than he left with ;-)

1:18 AM  
Blogger Ron said...

You lucky LUCKY woman!!! The other day a small child called me aunty!! What I wouldnt do to have people walking up to me and asking me if they could talk to my parents!! *siiiiiigggghhhh*

1:30 AM  
Blogger Grafxgurl said...

HAHAHHAHAAH that was so funny!!!

lol i totally understand tho.. asians look WAY younger than westerners.. are you short? then even more so!!

THEY look way older tho when they could be actually younger than we are....its strange....maybe theyre bigger made

* ok stop thinking somuch grafx*

alright M. lets have a slumber party and giggle like little girls again!!yaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay*

2:20 AM  
Blogger Bonatellis said...

ahhahahahaa :) ... i just know how it feels ;)

2:25 AM  
Blogger GhostOfTomJoad said...

It's a bit of a mixed bag for me. I've been asked, a few times if I'm a student (and why would I want to be that!). The last chap to ask me this was someone I 'met' at the cobbler's shop, trying to get an extra slot for my belt. Apropos of nothing, he asked me many personal questions, as people are wont to do, and refused to recognise my evasiveness as a hint that I may not wish to add to his already substantial 'general knowledge'. Anyway, he asked me if I was an Engineering student (god forbid!). It shouldn't be hard to guess why I forgave him his transgressions :-) But, I've also had one pesky little kid call me uncle! So, M, enjoy these days...while they last! :-)

2:47 AM  
Blogger M (tread softly upon) said...

@ dd thanks and yes part of the euphoria is still there.
@ dreamcatcher oh you lucky girl....enjoy your 17 while you have it. trust me....there will be a day when you'll miss these days like crazy! And nice to see you back again.
@ priya I know what you mean :)People of course do not believe it when I tell them I am married. I think it's my genes because both my parents look much younger than they actually are. And as far as enjoying it....ABSOLUTELY!
@ pidus ghosh it's a wonderful feeling....really.
@ babelfish glad to see you and thank you!
@ ashmi looks like there's a whole bunch of us who can get away with it, right?
@ ron o you poor little girl....did someone really call you aunty? Don't fret...may be its because you look mature and sophisticated unlike me who looks messy and scatterbrained all the time.
@ grafxgurl yeah I guess you are right. I'm short (5'2'') and petite (100 lbs)which gives an illusion of being young. Which also makes it very difficult to get clothes in the right size over here in the US.
@ bonatellis do you have that too?
@ ghostoftomjoad and pray why do people in cobbler stores need to find out so much about you? And may be he was trying to find an eng student to do something for him :) But if you can get away with looking young I'd say enjoy it :)

9:15 AM  
Blogger Mint Chutney said...

So sweet. I would have bought a boatload of tickets from that kid.

10:10 AM  
Blogger littlecow said...

what if he was a smart kid and played a prank just so that you would buy the tickets?! what the heck... even then, i would be no less happy :)

5:16 PM  
Blogger Jinguchakka said...

A first class selling line! :-)
The best one I've ever heard.
You sure would've made his day too!

8:00 PM  
Blogger M (tread softly upon) said...

@ mint chutney u bet!
@ littlecow he could have....but what the heck :)))
@ jinguchakka I know!

10:24 AM  
Blogger Bonatellis said...

in some ways... just don't ask me how ;)

10:24 AM  
Blogger Grafxgurl said...

you gots to look in the YOUNG girls section...lol...YEAH!! they have awesome clothes!!

oh and incidently... we're the same height.:D....my fiance is 6 ft....ah my gad!! we are so mismatched!

10:44 AM  
Blogger Kele Panchu said...

'I won't disturb the slumber of feelings' that are sweet
We all want to be younger, how do YOU do it? :)

1:15 PM  
Blogger M (tread softly upon) said...

@ bonatellis ok I'll take your word for it :)
@ grafxgurl I do but I'm so tired of doing kiddie fashion and kids shoes!
@ kele panchu wanting to be younger and looking younger are two entirely different things. I just happen to be lucky in the second area :)

3:48 PM  
Blogger erebus said...

I once had this young chap trying to sell me spoons for Thalassaemia charity... just out of curiosity, I asked him what Thalassaemia was... and he went..
"Erm.. Thalasaemia ekta desh" ("It's a country")


11:24 AM  
Blogger M (tread softly upon) said...

@ erebus "Thalasaemia ekta desh" This is hilarious!

9:28 AM  

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